Emergency services have increasingly stringent demands on operations. These demands result in a need for fast, agile response, thus creating added vehicle system complexity. There is increasing dependency on the integration of different sub-systems, and rapid updating as dedicated sub-systems become more and more advanced.
The complexity of the sub-systems on the specialist vehicles imposes a further pressure on operational availability and maintenance including the logistics support that may have direct effect on the system. Even though Health and Usage Monitoring Systems (HUMS) is an area that is currently under research, it only focuses on the end systems and applications; this project focuses on the integrity of sub systems integration enabler/transport mechanism i.e. the vetronics architecture. In essence, if the vetronics are not operating properly, all HUMS information for all sub systems is wasted.
The overall aim of the project is to investigate specialist vehicles’ integrated vetronics architecture operational integrity, focusing on monitoring, management, power management and standardisation of interfaces and data format.
The architecture serves as a recommendation of generic cross-platform VIMM architecture, taking into account: standard interfaces, Built In Test Equipment (BITE), specialist vehicle configuration and fall-back modes of operation. The recommendation also considers Human Computer Interaction design issues related to Human Machine Interface (HMI) for active crew and maintainers, as well as reconfiguration.
The design and operation of the system follows relevant recommendations and, where possible, serves to feed back into the development of national and international vehicular standards.