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A layered and distributed approach to platform systems control

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Author: Neef, R.M. · Lieburg, A. van · Gosliga, S.P. van · Gillis, M.P.W.
Publisher: Naval Sea Systems Command (NSSC)
Place: Washington,DC
Institution: TNO Fysisch en Elektronisch Laboratorium
Source:Proceedings 13th International Ship Control Systems Symposium - SCSS 2003, 7-9 April 2003, Orlando, FL, USA
Identifier: 186370
Article number: paper 54
Keywords: Physics · Platform system control · Distributed intelligence · Robust automation · Naval ships


With the increasing complexity of platform systems and the ongoing demand for reduced manning comes the need for novel approaches to ship control systems. Current control and management systems fall short on maintainability, robustness and scalability. From the operator's perspective information handling has become a demanding task due to the multitude of alarms and data available. To deal with these issues, the Maritime Command & Control group of TNO-FEL pursues a distributed and layered approach to damage & platform control with particular attention to alarm-management. At the lowest level a multi-agent organization is responsible for immediate emergency response. The reactive and adaptive nature of this layer ensures quick isolation of faults and helps to preserve the system's functional integrity. On a higher level the situation is assessed more in depth so that recovery plans can be formulated. The top level provides the user with control options and means to express specific demands from the operational context. By joining the various parts of the architecture in a subsumption-like manner a robust and scalable system is created. To demonstrate these principles a software prototype for a watercooling system aboard navy frigates is being developed for the Royal Dutch Navy.