CommTech Systems provides Systems Engineering services to both government and commercial customers. In our approach the focus is to first validate the system’s requirements as requirements are the foundation of any system. A system can be defined in terms of a physical entity as a communications or network system, or as a software program or a business process. The system is often a collection of elements or subsystems that have functions, they work together to achieve the system’s purpose. Some of these elements can be appliances performing the same function in many different systems, or they can be a single purpose element and provide only one function. The system engineering process is a collaborative process, and it is not always a sequential process. Many of the processes outlined below can be reasonably accomplished in a concurrent fashion. Nevertheless, without validated requirements the result is often a matter of chance.
Valid system requirements are the result of a thorough understanding of stakeholder requirements and expectations; and a thorough understanding of the elements that can provide the solution. The CommTech Systems engineering approach is to focus on requirements traceability and in stakeholder management. Second is a thorough understanding of the solution set in terms of hardware, architectures, and procedures that can provide the system result.
As risk is present in all endeavors, in the systems engineering process CommTech Systems focuses on risk management to ensure that there is an appropriate risk strategy to reduce the system threats. This too is an iterative process that continues throughout the life of the systems engineering process.
Valid requirements lead to the development of the system’s architecture. The goal is to evaluate a number of alternative solutions and determine the best fit, or the best combination of functions that can provide the system’s purpose. In most situations, the most favorable architectures are modeled through simulation. In terms of physical systems, prototypes or elements with the same function can be modeled and simulated. In business process systems flow charts that are outlined in time can be used to simulate a process. The goal is to establish a high degree of confidence in the design before executing the development process.
The architecture that emerges from the modeling process is then executed, and modified as needed to meet the systems requirements. The systems engineering process is focused on: requirements, the development of the architecture or the scope, modeling and simulation to determine suitability, followed by construction or development. The systems engineering process takes a life cycle approach and encompasses delivery and installation, maintenance, and disposal costs.
In any systems engineering process the risks are often due to poor requirements, and in scope creep. What is essential is the degree of rigor in system version control and in the requirements change management process. The CommTech Systems approach is to ensure rigor in the process to avoid issues with cost, schedule, and quality.
CommTech Systems provides a life cycle approach to the systems engineering process. We follow the process as outlined in by the DAU (Defense Acquisition University), one that covers systems engineering from system conception to system disposal.
Our Customers Include
- The US Navy SPAWAR (Space and Naval Warfare Command) Pacific, and DHS (Department of Homeland Security). In working with our customers we provided system engineering services in the development of a wireless network of SCADA sensors that allowed the customer to view the status and last known location of shipping containers in near real time. This technology provides intermodal transportation carriers and the DHS a high degree of confidence that their containers are on track and had not been tampered with or opened.
- Caltrans (California Department of Transportation) systems engineering. We have worked with Caltrans engineers to automate their traffic data collection systems. We have provided wireless addressable IP networks that allow traffic data to be collected, and to automatically update and to populate traffic management systems. We have provided project management support for the projects, tracking progress in terms of installations and cost, as well as tracking deliveries installations and the commissioning of data collection sites. as well as risk assessments for their ICS process.
- Department of Defense customers CommTech has conducted requirements analysis that address DOTMLPF (Doctrine, Organization, Training, Material, Leadership and Education, Personnel, Facilities and Policy) requirements. These institutional requirements go a long way to ensure that projects and programs are constructed so that they address the breath of institutional needs that will ensure project success. As an example this approach ensures that the training of personnel is addressed, as well as answering the question where will these people come from, what equipment will they need, and where will the equipment and personnel be housed.
- The Marine Corps, Joint Expeditionary Energy Office, focused on the Combat Readiness Optimized Networks program, the goal of this program is to evaluate the means to reduce the energy and water use of military forces. CommTech was directly involved in developing the Mission Essential Task List (METL) requirements and Use Cases focused on vehicle fuel use and monitoring. In addition, CommTech conducted engineering studies and analysis in the evaluation of commercial products and technology used for Machine to Machine (M2M) communication for internal vehicle diagnostics and external vehicle communications, that enabled vehicle data storage, and collection.
What we do.
- We provide analysis of requirements and risks.
- We help establish program controls.
- We evaluate alternatives in terms of project options.
- We help determine sustainment capabilities and cost estimates.
- We help establish measures of effectiveness, we help answer the question of when do we know we are done, and what does success look like.