Information is power; a concept Jack Lam, Matt Ward, and Bryan Stewart sought with their patent submission for a remote system data collection and analysis framework. Their unique, yet essential idea is now an exclusive right protected by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, marking Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division’s (NSWC PHD) fifth patent award to date.
Beginning in 2016, the NSWC PHD team recognized a need to continually collect, remotely harvest and analyze shipboard data to not only provide better fleet support but also help build the Navy of tomorrow.
“It is a framework for us as in-service engineering agents (ISEA) on how we conduct distance support and ship-to-shore data analysis for the future,” said Lam, now a computer engineer with NSWC Corona. “The more information we can collect shore-side, the better we can help in other areas such as condition-based maintenance, distance support, product lifecycle management, and future design of systems.”
While some shipboard systems can be accessed shore-side, others record and store data locally, making continual data extraction challenging.
“It usually requires a human to go to the ship, download the data, and transmit it using a DVD or hard drive,” said Ward, NSWC PHD research scientist. “The patent allows for remote monitoring and analysis, making it the complete pipeline.”
Since original submission of the patent, the team’s efforts evolved into a tool known as the Secure Shipboard Information Management System, which is currently being tested aboard destroyers. The near-term goal is to equip the entire surface fleet with the ability to transmit data to shore systems for maintenance analysis and ISEA development.
“This is ideal for ISEA of the Future,” said Lam. “It will allow us to leverage all information on the shore- and ship-side, correlate the data sets and determine what needs to be done for improving in-service engineering.”
As fleet readiness continues to advance; data is proving to be the driving force in achieving the Navy the nation needs.
“Imagine a future where all of the data is easily accessible in this integrated data environment; where you can see a holistic picture of what is actually going on in the fleet right now — that is what this patent is about,” he said. “It’s the ability to take data from the ship, integrate it with other sources, and have this gigantic pool of information readily available for analysts to review, enable predictive analytics, improve distance support capabilities, and inform future design changes.”