Telemetry Decommutation

Many NetAcquire serial, analog, or digital data acquisition interfaces generate streams of input data. The term “telemetry” refers to a stream of measurement data that is transmitted from a remote source.

The NetAcquire telemetry decommutation system extracts individual measurement values from input data based on a user-specified input data format.

The decommutation process produces data in a directly usable representation for data display, processing, and analysis. Decommutation can optionally convert raw incoming integer measurement values into preferred “engineering units” for easier interpretation.

More Flexibility and Power

The NetAcquire decommutation system offers much greater flexibility and power than traditional decommutation approaches in the following ways:

Decommutation is an integrated component of the NetAcquire Data Flow option. NetAcquire Data Flow offers almost unlimited options for the processing and distribution of decommutation results.

Telemetry data can arrive in a network format (e.g., telemetry-over-IP) and can still be decommutated. Many other input formats, including Mil-Std-1553, are also supported.

Decommutated parameters can be easily published to the network and many user-configurable network formats. A particularly convenient network format is NetAcquire publish/subscribe. The one-step publishing operation allows easy data display and data recording from many PC software packages including NetAcquire MissionView™.

NetAcquire telemetry decommutation handles a wide range of telemetry formats, including full IRIG 106 capability. Selectable features include:

  • Measurement naming
  • Subcommutation and supercommutation
  • Byte or common word offset
  • Integer and floating point representations (IEEE 754 and other formats)
  • Signed/unsigned representation
  • Reversed bits
  • Unaligned start and end bit offsets
  • Engineering units conversion
  • Engineering units naming
  • Data compression
  • Embedded and asynchronous frames (arbitrary levels of nesting)
  • CCSDS support

Once decommutated, measurement values are easily displayed and processed with the NetAcquire Java Toolkit or the NetAcquire Windows Toolkit.

Integrated parameter processing supports the computation of derived parameters, mathematical functions, timestamping, CRC checks, statistics, coordinate conversions, and many more operations.

Multiple different decommutators can run in parallel in the Data Flow framework to process different data streams arriving from different sources.

NetAcquire systems can store any number of named telemetry formats and data processing configurations, making each one readily available to configure for different missions. Formats are easily specified interactively or can be imported as CSV text files or as TMATS XML (optional module).

NetAcquire systems also off a unique commutator capability that complements a decommutor. A commutator can assemble individual decommutated parameters into a completely new output format for transmission to a remote destination (often over a network). This is valuable for “strip-and-ship” applications that need to extract selected telemetry parameters and send this data subset (in a new format) to a data destination.

Decommutation Data Display and Analysis

After NetAcquire data decommutation and processing, there are many options for real-time data presentation.

Any Web browser can conveniently display telemetry measurements and open quick-look graphs.

NetAcquire MissionView provides powerful and highly configurable data display screens as well as decommutated data recording.

Easy-to-use software interfaces are available to send decommutated data from a NetAcquire system directly to IADS, LabVIEW, or Satellite Toolkit for further processing and display.

For programmers, NetAcquire offers a range of programming toolkits to create custom applications, which can read decommutated data from a NetAcquire system for post-processing and display. The NetAcquire Windows Toolkit supports many programming languages running on Microsoft Windows, including C++, Python, VisualBasic, and C#. Using the NetAcquire Java Toolkit, one can create Java applications that can run on almost any operating system. The NetAcquire Linux Toolkit provides C++ and Python language support for GNU/Linux applications.

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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.