October 1, 2001
CogniTech Wins Air Force Phase II SBIR Contract to Develop Distributed Portal and Virtual Testbed
Salt Lake City -- CogniTech is developing a web portal for the virtual test and evaluation of Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) algorithms for the Air Force Research Laboratory Sensors Directorate under Phase II Contract F33615-01-C-1867 titled, "A Distributed Portal and Virtual Testbed for ATR/Sensor Fusion Algorithms". The portal application runs on a distributed server system and uses web-browser technology for its user interface. The primary portal technologies include XML, Java servlets, Java Server Pages (JSP), CORBA, SQL and Java applets. The web portal uses common and open system architectures across multiple locations containing heterogeneous hardware and operating systems. Extensive use of open source tools makes the resulting solution cost effective and portable.
This system will easily allow multiple users in locations around the world to effectively collaborate and test ATR software algorithms under a variety of different scenarios. The portal provides security through encryption and authentication. The web portal will communicate with servers using a secure CORBA Object Request Broker.
Various classes of registered users will have access to and use different capabilities of the portal. New algorithms and simulations may be registered within the system using tools provided by the portal. Simulations and algorithms may be tested by visually wiring components together within a workflow environment. The results are stored in a database for possible further analysis and evaluation.
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