Scalable Network Technologies has been contracted by the US Department of Defense's (DoD) Test Resource Management Center to enhance battlefield tactical networks.

The $3m contract requires the company to support the development of tactical, test support, and tactical engagement networks (IPT3N) over a period of three years.

The IPT3N will be used to identify and mitigate potential interference among the networked system.

It will also enable test planners to ensure that the test support network (TSN) provides adequate coverage to the exercise control (EXCon) and real-time casualty assessment (RTCA) applications for status monitoring, data collection and interactions between live and virtual forces, SCALABLE said in a statement.

"The proposed planning tool will help the test community to minimise interference among the networks."

SCALABLE CEO Rajive Bagrodia said: "Although advanced Live, Virtual, and Constructive (LVC) technology exists for modelling tactical networks (e.g., Joint Network Emulator), the state of the art technologies to plan the test support and tactical engagement networks has not advanced as rapidly.

“The proposed planning tool will help the test community to minimise interference among the networks and optimise deployment of the test support network within given resource constraints.”

As part of the deal, the company will provide integrated simulation-based planning framework and semi-automated tools to reduce the complexity of test support network planning.

This new integrated planning capability is said to improve the quality and quantities of data collected and help shape battlefield effects, therefore making operational tests more realistic while simultaneously reducing costs and planning time.

It will also facilitate improved resource utilisation by optimising placement of towers and re-planning mobile and airborne assets on-demand to optimise a given deployment.