NetAcquire Family Overview

NetAcquire Product Family

real-time input/output controllersThe NetAcquire hardware and software product family combines three key technologies: flexible data acquisition, real-time signal processing, and high-speed networking to deliver trusted and reliable data solutions under routine and extreme conditions.

NetAcquire Hardware Capabilities

NetAcquire systems are powerful real-time input/output controllers with integrated processing and networking. They provide interfaces connect the “real world” of PCM serial, analog, and digital signals to the “network world” of interconnected data analysis and display systems.

All hardware input/output interfaces are modular to allow convenient mix-and-match system configurations that support almost any application requirement. Our COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) hardware solutions are cost effective, reliable, and compatible with most existing client hardware configurations; they are scalable to grow as your needs change.

Multiple chassis options include desktop, rackmount, and small form factors. Mobile and airborne chassis include environmental hardening and DC power.

Expansion is available up to 512 input/output channels. All I/O interfaces are software-configurable without programming. Hardware configurability allows the creation of a wide range of different instruments, from telemetry gateways to communication protocol converters.

NetAcquire systems are designed for autonomous “always on” operation. No keyboard or monitor connection is required. Our built-in test software continuously checks all hardware subsystems for optimum operation.

NetAcquire Software

Full-featured and well-integrated software is an essential component of modern-day instrumentation to ensure ease-of-use and mission-critical reliability, while reducing development costs and overall risk. NetAcquire systems include all the software needed to work “out-of-the-box”:

SoftwareBenefit
Real-time operating systemRapid, guaranteed response time with no dropped data. Our worst-case response time is 500 times faster than a desktop operating system.
Building-block configuration architectureNo programming required to configure systems.
Hundreds of predefined data processing componentsRapid application configuration of real-time functionality including data processing, routing, analysis, and alarming
Data recording and storage managementAutomatic backup of critical data with replay capability
Remote Web-based administration, configuration and statusA graphical user interface that works from any operating system without software installation or runtime licenses
Open architecture and programmer software ToolkitsFlexible to conveniently expand the system to support unique requirements
Interactive data visualization tools, including MissionView™Easily view incoming data in a variety of graphical formats
Security hardened software/network interfaces supporting full encryption/authenticationHigh system integrity and compliance with government security guidelines
High-reliability hardware with watchdog support and optional hot failoverVery high uptime (99.999%) for mission-critical applications
Extensive factory software qualification and test suitesHigh-assurance and controlled operating environment for mission-critical applications

Distributed Architecture

NetAcquire systems use our proven client/server architecture for optimized real-time data acquisition, processing, and control. An operational system is composed of two parts: the NetAcquire server and the client PC. Core real-time activities such as data capture, processing and closed loop control are executed on the NetAcquire server close to the point of data collection. Less time-critical activities, such as data display, are located on one or more client computers running Windows or Linux.

Server-sideCore real-time activities such as data capture, buffering, processing and closed loop control are executed on the NetAcquire server close to each hardware interface — this configuration maximizes data quality and ensures timely data processing. Our worst-case performance is 500 times faster than a desktop operating system.
Client-sideData display and operator interfaces are located on one or more desktop computers running Windows or Linux — this configuration allows familiar desktop graphic user interfaces with no distance limitation or scalability constraints.

Even in applications where a NetAcquire system is physically close to the desktop operator interface, the previously listed features result from the convenient partitioning of an application onto two processors, each running its own purpose-built software environment.

The NetAcquire software environment is open-architecture and allows customized software extensions to tailor both client and server capabilities.

Versatile Networking

Every NetAcquire product offers extremely flexible networking to enable “connect anything to anything” capability. This universal interconnection approach breaks distance limitations, works with any PC operating system, and supports an unlimited number of simultaneous user interfaces.

Physical network options include copper and fiber connections, 1Gb and 10Gb Ethernet speeds, and up to 12 physical ports per system.

Beyond physical networking, NetAcquire servers support a very wide range of network communication protocols for maximum interoperability. Available protocols include UDP, TCP, RTP, publish/subscribe, DDS, CORBA, iNET, TENA, and many more. All protocols are available simultaneously and support unlimited client connections.

NetAcquire networking includes strict security controls, including access control, lockout/inactivity monitoring, configurable permissions, and auditing functions.

Client-Side Operator Interfaces

NetAcquire “clients” are PCs on a network that either exchange data with a NetAcquire system or perform system administration.

Client PCs are often responsible for operator interface and data display. Every NetAcquire system allows convenient graphic configuration and monitoring from anywhere on the network using a regular web browser.

Powerful data display and analysis tools are available, including NetAcquire MissionView, along with third-party display packages such as LabVIEW. Programmers can even create their own custom operator interfaces using convenient software extension toolkits.

Continuous Product Support and Upgrades

Beyond electric current, every NetAcquire product is powered by the deep resources of the entire NetAcquire organization. We help our customers select the right products, install and configure them correctly, and realize their full capabilities throughout the life of the project.

NetAcquire Support includes:

  • Hands-on training courses
  • Best-in-industry product support
  • New product enhancements available for download
  • Regular patches to incorporate the latest security enhancements
  • Applications engineering assistance
  • Software sustainment and hardware non-obsolescence engineering to support long-lifetime programs

Is NetAcquire a good fit for your project?

Our applications engineers will discuss your needs and offer advice and pricing for the solutions we can provide.
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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

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.