Case Studies

Telemetry-over- IP (TMoIP)

Telemetry-over- IP (TMoIP)

Customer: A Major U.S. Military Test Range
Project: Point-To-Point PCM Conversion to IP Networking
Challenges: Competitive Field, Mission and Safety Critical Requirements

Introduction

Our customer needed to convert their entire range telemetry data distribution system over from point-to-point PCM communication links to a network-based Telemetry-over-IP (TMoIP) transport. Since range telemetry is used for mission-critical range safety data processing, it was essential that this next-generation TMoIP infrastructure provide the same level of reliability as the dedicated PCM point-to-point transport.

It quickly became clear that a thorough equipment evaluation could not be accomplished by just reviewing vendor data sheets. In-depth, hands-on testing would be required. The military branch operating the range selected an integration company to provision a full test lab. This lab included communication equipment that mimicked the actual network and communications infrastructure on the test range. The integrator then arranged for sample sets of TMoIP devices from NetAcquire and other leading equipment providers in the industry.

As the lab took shape, all of the candidate TMoIP devices were installed, connected to PCM data sources and bit-error-rate testers, and provisioned to use simulated range network routers.

Comparing Competitive Vendors

Testing focused first on the ability of each vendor’s equipment to meet a detailed list of mandatory range operations specifications, including the critical forward-looking requirement to fully-support IPv6 networking. Further testing ensured the equipment operated reliably in non-ideal, real-world networking conditions. Final deployment expected to include hundreds of telemetry circuits, so testing was performed to measure ease-of-use when simulating operation in complex topologies with large numbers of channels.

Due to the mission and safety-critical nature of telemetry communications on the range, the legacy range equipment employed two fully redundant parallel equipment strings: the “A String” and “B String”. The replacement TMoIP design also used two independent strings of equipment, but in a further nod to mission-critical reliability, each string used TMoIP equipment provided by separate vendors.

NetAcquire supported the evaluation with equipment, software, and TMoIP expertise. The equipment evaluation effort lasted more than 12 months. TMoIP products from vendors deemed “not-acceptable” were eliminated from consideration due to either product limitations or reliability/ease-of-use issues.

Another key requirement emerged during the equipment evaluation. The legacy PCM equipment and cabling used a hard-to-find, very expensive, connector system known as Triax. The adapters needed to convert the Triax connectors to more common connectors like BNC are also costly. NetAcquire TMoIP products provide flexible cable connection options with Quick Connect Panels (QCPs) that provide customer requested site-specific inter-connect configurations. NetAcquire proposed creating a Triax QCP that offered high-density Triax panel connectors, thus preserving the existing cabling infrastructure without requiring an expensive conversion or re-wiring.

After all of the contractor evaluations were completed, NetAcquire was selected as the preferred TMoIP equipment provider for the primary “A String” side of the telemetry data distribution network. In addition, an advanced network management capability was developed that leveraged the SNMPv3 protocol to provide end-to-end TMoIP configuration and management for range operations The customer praised the NetAcquire product and engineering team for responsiveness and flexibility.

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Preston Hauck founded NetAcquire in 1993 with the goal of providing computer communications and processing systems that seamlessly operate with real-time performance over distributed networks.

During the early years of NetAcquire, Preston took a hands-on role in developing new products. He remains enthusiastically involved in helping customers solve complex real-world challenges.

As the company grew, Preston leveraged his information systems background to create tools that could automate business processes, increasing company efficiency, responsiveness, and scalability. In his current role, Preston oversees new product direction, manages company growth,works directly with clients and the engineering team on projects that call for his applications design expertise.

Prior to founding NetAcquire, Preston served as vice president of software engineering for Microstar Laboratories, a provider of PC-based test and measurement products. During his tenure, he helped the company grow tenfold in both revenue and employees. Preston developed an innovative real-time operating system from the ground-up, plus a data processing engine that powered all of Microstar's products for more than two decades.

Preston holds a bachelor's degree in computer science, graduating first in his class in 1984 from the University of British Columbia.  He was granted a U.S. patent for developing a novel approach to initialize one processor from another in a multi-processor system. He has published a number of papers on real-time computer systems and regularly teaches networked telemetry processing classes.

Preston was born in Canada. After many years living in Washington State, he proudly became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2003. He enjoys traveling, reading, photography, basketball, skiing, and movies with his wife Colleen and their two children.

John Bono

Engineering Vice President

John Bono, a Seattle area native, graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington.  John started his career with Boeing Aerospace Company, working in a variety of roles. He received personal recognition from Boeing’s CEO for his contributions to 767 avionics.  John designed hardware and firmware for a Mil-Std-1553 bus interface and was the hardware lead and system designer for a B-1B flight simulator’s computer generated imagery display.  After Boeing, John joined Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL) as a signal processing engineer. He was promoted to the role of ultrasound system architect before becoming the software and systems lead for an image storage and network transport system. During John’s tenure at ATL, he received a Technical Fellow award, became a member of the Senior Technical Staff, and had a role in ATL’s achievement of ISO 9001 certification.  

When John joined the rapidly growing NetAcquire Corporation in 2001, his “big company” experience was leveraged to enhance configuration management and quality systems and processes. He soon became the Management Representative for the company’s AS 9100 certification efforts.  

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Sales Vice President

For many NetAcquire customers, Steve is the initial face and voice of the company. While he has a desk at the company headquarters in Kirkland, Washington, quite often he’s in the air, flying to meet customers, discuss projects and set solutions into motion.

Steve joined NetAcquire in the summer of 2001. He sees his principal role as being the customer’s advocate. Steve thrives on opportunities to work on-site with NetAcquire customers to see first-hand the tasks and challenges they face.

In 2002, Steve joined the volunteer organizing committee for the International Telemetering Conference; he serves on the committee to this day. Steve also supports and participates in the meetings and industry standards efforts of several Range Commanders Council (RCC) committees.

Steve is an Army Veteran, having served in locations around the world in military law enforcement and personal protection roles. After graduating Pre Law from Central Washington University, he began a sales career in retail consumer electronics. The career choice was inspired by his favorite uncle, Ken Cartwright, a career tire salesman at Sears. Ken taught Steve the foundation principles of professional salesmanship: “Say what you are going to do, and then do it,” and “Get to know someone by showing sincere interest and earning their trust”.  

Steve’s Microsoft and Cisco certifications help him better understand the technical aspects of test range telemetry. While Steve is well versed in all aspects of NetAcquire technology today, he still learns something new on a daily basis from his colleagues.

Steve is a Seattle area native who enthusiastically gives his time and resources to a local charity dedicated to supporting foster children and their families.

Mark Roseberry

President

Mark Roseberry has been with NetAcquire since its inception. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science and Mathematics, graduating with honors from the University of British Columbia. Mark has almost 40 years of software development and business management expertise. He has been instrumental in  the Company's business development and growth while running the NetAcquire Canada engineering office in Vancouver since 2001 and has been involved in the design and implementation of many key NetAcquire software components.

Mark shares our founder Preston Hauck's hands-on philosophy and his user-centric approach makes him a frequent participant and advocate for strong technical solutions ranging from customer-driven requirements development to robust implementation to  top-notch technical support and responsiveness.