Data Processing

Data Processing using the NetAcquire Data Flow Option

  • Graphically configure sophisticated processed data without programming
  • Easily set up data decommutation and network publishing
  • Extensive data calculation, extraction, and reformatting options
  • Directly feed graphical user interfaces

Real-time data processing and conversion has never been easier. NetAcquire Data Flow tools enable you to streamline the creation of serial or network data processing setups. The NetAcquire Data Flow option enables you to process one or more input streams into one or more output streams in real time. You can publish data onto your network or send it to another output device. With the graphic Data Flow Designer, all of these tasks are completed without programming.

  • Graphically visualize the flow of data from one processing step to another
  • Compute derived data values at any stage in the processing pipeline
  • Control all aspects of data formatting

The Process

The Data Flow option is software that enhances the capabilities of the NetAcquire server to function as a configurable telemetry data processor.

A data flow accepts input data from many potential sources (including serial telemetry inputs and network inputs). This input data is often processed by data extraction functions such as decommutation. Resulting data parameters can be further processed with a large library of available functions. Next, data may be reformatted into a preferred output representation. Finally, processed data leaves the data flow and is sent to a hardware output device or to the network.

The flexibility and performance of the Data Flow Option enhances your data by giving you the information formats that you need most.

Two Data Flow Components: Data Flow Designer and Data Flow Engine

Two Data Flow components seamlessly interoperate to offer maximum interactivity and ease-of-use: Data Flow Designer (DFD) and Data Flow Engine (DFE).

Configuration is performed graphically using the Data Flow Designer. The Data Flow Designer runs locally or remotely from any computer with a web browser. This graph-based drawing environment allows the creation of a diagram depicting the flow of data through the NetAcquire server. Each block represents input, output, or processing steps. A large library of building blocks is predefined for creating data flow diagrams.

The actual real-time data processing of a data flow is performed by the Data Flow Engine. The Data Flow Engine is highly optimized software running on the NetAcquire multi-core processor. The software is designed to minimize latency from input to output to maximize real-time performance. During operation, statistics information is available to monitor operation of the Data Flow Engine.

Data Extraction and Reformatting

Data flow conversions that perform data reformatting are possible by extracting or decommutating individual parameters from input records, optionally performing arbitrarily sophisticated computations on these parameters, and then re-assembling raw and/or derived parameters into output frames using a commutator with a user-specified output format. This data reformatting operation is expressed in a clear and powerful data flow representation; the flexibility of this extensible framework allows easy configuration of both simple and complex data reformatting applications.


  • GUI-based setup, easily configured from any browser
  • Input/output of serial, UDP or TCP streams, and much more
  • Completely flexible user-specified flow of data between sources and destinations
  • Full integration with NetAcquire decommutation functions
  • Conversion of input data in any binary or ASCII input format into any other binary or ASCII output format
  • Synchronous and asynchronous frames, as well as timer based processing is available
  • Resulting data flow offers high performance with data rates of many thousands or millions of updates per second. Event-based communication minimizes data processing delays
  • Results of data flow available to display tools including NetAcquire MissionView™


  • Flexible data processing environment that doesn’t require programming
  • Easy configuration of processing functionality for arithmetic, statistical, conditional, CRC, coordinate transformation, and more
  • Fast, one-step publishing of data results to a network
  • Reduce network bandwidth by compressing or extracting data
  • Risk reduction for advanced applications with open architecture that supports user-creation of new data flow computation blocks using the NetAcquire Server Extension Toolkit
  • Rapid preparation/reconfiguration for missions with storage and activation of multiple data flow configurations

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Preston Hauck

President, Chief Technology Officer

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.  

Today, John is involved in the system, hardware, and firmware design of virtually every system NetAcquire ships.  While the majority of these systems are customer-specified configurations of NetAcquire COTS hardware and software modules, many other systems are rack-sized, challenging configurations involving complex interchanges of information in all forms.  The NetAcquire motto of “connect anything to anything” is John’s daily mission; he knows that, when applied to real-time systems, there will be a continuous stream of interesting problems to solve and challenges to conquer to best meet the needs of his customers and their mission critical projects around the world.

Steve Proudlock

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


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.