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Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) Database Technical Demonstrator

BMT provided a concept and design service to support the Submarine Combat System Design Evolution Team as part of a joint MoD and BAE Systems study into qualification and management of COTS procured equipments.

Summary

BMT is supporting the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and UK Industry partners with concept design and product evaluation and support of future Submarine Combat Systems.

BMT provided a concept and design service to support the Submarine Combat System Design Evolution Team as part of a joint MoD and BAE Systems study into qualification and management of COTS procured equipments. BMT’s role was to design, support and deliver a technical demonstrator to prove the feasibility and performance of an electronic data management service that could deliver accurate feedback on:

  • MoD-utilised COTS equipment
  • Qualification status and levels achieved in all disciplines, for example, EMC, Toxicity and Security
  • Warnings and history reports
  • Obsolescence data and qualification expenditure reporting

The demonstrator is an intuitive, data collection and analysis system capable of providing up-to-date information on recently reviewed or procured equipment and the types of testing conducted, together with supporting qualification information. This enables supply chain users to assess equipment that may have already achieved qualification in similar or other environments for further use elsewhere, thus having the potential to deliver significant cost savings whilst reducing implementation times and delivering increased equipment in-service life.

Key Benefits

  • Delivers ‘real-time' total visibility of COTS procurement to a wide user community
  • Centralises qualification data in a single resource
  • Prevents procurement process duplication and delivers cost savings
  • Improves in-service life timescales

Key Features

  • Provides visibility of asset availability, qualification criteria, current usage, reliability issues and user feedback
  • Enables users to make instant decisions on equipment suitability without undertaking lengthy investigations and incurring unnecessary costs
  • Identifies whether equipment is fit for purpose and can be used in specific environments
  • Can be tailored to meet specific requirements