Signal Soldier “associate” provides real-time network diagnostics

The S-6 Associate software developed by CERDEC S&TCD aims to simplify building and monitoring the tactical network, diagnosing and addressing problems and ensuring each Soldier remains connected during critical moments. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Nathan Goodall)

The S-6 Associate software developed by CERDEC S&TCD aims to simplify building and monitoring the tactical network, diagnosing and addressing problems and ensuring each Soldier remains connected during critical moments. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Nathan Goodall)

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Sept. 19, 2013) — As the number of electronic devices on the battlefield grows, so does the challenge of managing the network that links them together. Army researchers continue to work to create a better way to build and monitor the tactical network, diagnose and address problems, and ensure each Soldier remains connected during critical moments.

Engineers from the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command’s communications-electronics center, or CERDEC, are developing software called S-6 Associate that will consolidate existing information, simplify network monitoring and better equip the network operations staff officer, commonly known as the S-6.

The software enhances already fielded systems like the battlefield network Warfighter Information Network — Tactical, known as WIN-T, Command Post of the Future mission command system, network management systems and Visio, the network image building program, said Josip Pilipovic, CERDEC Space & Terrestrial Communications Directorate lead scientist for the S-6 Associate project.

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