Telemetry Data Processing & Display

Acroamatics believes that each product purchased should include all necessary software when it leaves the factory, at no additional charge — whether it be an integrated multi-stream PCI based Telemetry Data Processing (TDP) system, PCI decom, multi-stream quick-look decom, CVSD decom, PCM simulator or Digital Bit Sync module. Each Acroamatics product is delivered with a suite of Windows (XP & Win & compatible) software in support of system set-up, database management, mission operations, and both real-time and post mission analysis. A complete set of tools required for the set-up of Acroamatics TDP system and card level TM modules is provided.

Bundled with each Acroamatics product and system is our Acroamatics Telemetry Software suite (ATSS) composed of the user friendly TDPSet II wizard based system set-up and data management application and a suite of GUI based real-time operating, data formatting, recording, display and IO functional controls that simplify set-up and management of your Acroamatics Telemetry Data Processing solution as never before.

In addition, we routinely develop custom features at the request of our clients in order to meet unique processing requirements. Over the years, this has resulted in a software toolset and operations suite that has proven it can handle the most complex formats decommutation and computational tasks. Though delivered and supported at no additional cost to the customer, ATSS users receive updates and online access to the most recent improvements made, along with rapid response to trouble calls and applications questions.

Acroamatics Telemetry Software Suite (ATSS) software provides users maximum flexibility in preparing system set-ups which may be loaded with minimal delay (depending on mission complexity). ATSS supports multiple methods of user system set-up creation and editing. The first and primary method is our intuitive and easy to use Windows GUI style application called “TDPSet II”. TDPSet II provides extensive embedded “help” and windows style user “wizard” support.

Secondary TDPSet set-up editing and creation methods include our integrated IRIG Telemetry Attributed Transfer Standard (TMATS) ASCII file import (ATSS also supports OTIS-9), Excel, ACCESS, and direct ASCII command line interface for advanced applications and fine tuning of system project set-up scripts. New users can use the TDPSet GUIs to build their entire system set-up and, because resultant set-up scripts are plain text files, find they can readily alter them as needed with the command line interface. It is your choice which style of interface best suits your particular need, but rest assured that your new Acroamatics telemetry system offers the best software tools you need to get the job done — and we will be there to help every step of the way.

Remote Setup and Operations Software
An important advanced feature of the entire software suite is that the hardware interface is implemented using an RPC such that all components of the ATSS software tool kit can run on any PC located on the network. The RPC server (running on the computer where the telemetry cards reside) allows you to run displays, perform system setup and operate from any PC that has network access privileges on the Acroamatics system.

CH 5 CVSD and Embedded Audio Capabilities
Acroamatics Software/Hardware supports reconstruction of audio data embedded in the PCM Stream. Formats currently supported include CVSD CH 5 and Digitalized Audio. A Model 1626P PCM Module is required to support this functionality, delivering real-time (less than 1 sec latency) deterministic hardware processing and delivery of output audio exclusive of any Windows OS involvement.

Third Party Real-Time Display Interfaces
Acroamatics has extensive experience integrating 3rd party hardware and software products, and has developed extensive 3rd party setup and control software to that end. In addition, Acroamatics telemetry systems and their individual components are supported by the software tools of many other vendors, including EMC’s TIMS™ and ILIAD™ processing and test management environments, used widely within the Air Force flight test community. Acroamatics TDP systems and products are also supported by OTIS Control™, Spiral’s mission setup system, and IADS Telemetry Data Display Software by Symvionics via ATSS interfaces jointly developed for those purposes.

Symvionics IADS
Acroamatics offers a TDO Server software application which supports a data connection to either a local (TDP) socket or networked IADS Data Server platform. Acroamatics provides an integrated wizard within our standard systems set-up software, TDPSet II, which includes an “IADS Data Manager” function, effectively giving users the ability to automatically create the required PRN (parameter definition) file which allows your TDP to connect to a specific IADS Server configuration, thus eliminating the labor intensive task of manually generating this critical interface definition each time IADS server mission data requirements are modified.

National Instruments LabViews
The LabViews Examples Installation Package supports customer development of integrated control and acquisition functions for Acroamatics telemetry front-end products using LabViews VIs (Virtual Instruments) software development application.

Quick-Look Data Display and Imaging
Acroamatics real-time displays provide users a useful, full-featured real-time displays sytem for quick-look analysis and post-mission playback and viewing of recorded data. In its design, great emphasis was placed on performance, relying on Acroamatics-coded display drawing software rather than third party library facilities. This enables us to achieve higher plotting speeds and faster chart scrolling than display tools developed for other applications which have been adapted to real-time TM quick-look analysis.

Displays can be defined either during creation of a system set-up file using TDPSet II or after mission set-up is complete using provided display software. In either case a binary setup file is generated that can be saved and reloaded for use in future projects, as desired.

Displays extract data from three possible sources: Current Value Table (CVT) via the 1605P distribution processor gives access to composite raw and processed data simultaneously derived from all inputs on multi-stream systems in real-time, via the CVT on each individual PCM decommutator module, or directly from a recorded data file. A real-time display file server delivers data to an emulation of the CVT so that you can use your real-time displays to support many of the file formats that Acroamatics produces and has a data mapping definition that allows it to be used with an arbitrary arrangement of tag-data pairs, and with or without embedded time annotation. If time annotation is present, the server synchronizes to the computer clock to synchronously supply data to the CVT. This facility makes it a very convenient tool for quick-look because it is vastly easier to set up than are general purpose analysis tools.

Acroamatics supplies a documented applications interface (implemented in DLL libraries) that allows 3rd party programs access to all system hardware features. In addition to providing unlimited access to the setup registers and memories of TDP telemetry components, programmers are provided access to data resources in real-time, concurrent with Acroamatics system software. The system manages any instantaneous lock-outs necessary through processes that are transparent to system users. Hardware abstraction is handled through a DLL so that all configurations are transportable between systems.