ARINC 818 is heading into the forefront to help military technology designers remedy systemic sensor fusion issues.
Sensor fusion systems continue to proliferate in military applications like surveillance, target tracking, and missile defense, but they bring their share of system-level challenges such as sensor synchronization, cabling weight, distance restrictions, and EMI. The authors discuss how ARINC 818 (Avionics Digital Video Bus) can be used as a flexible sensor interface to solve these system-level issues. Additionally, a bidirectional ARINC 818 system architecture scheme for time multiplexing multiple sensors onto a single fiber and implementing a return-path for sensor command and control is described.
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