By George Walsh
Raytheon Company’s Intelligence and Information Systems (IIS) business has been selected as part of a University of California at San Diego-led team to design and construct information technology and networking capabilities for the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI). The program was awarded by the Joint Oceanographic Institutions, Inc.
Raytheon IIS will assist the UCSD team in creating the blueprint for a digital infrastructure that will allow ocean observatories to collect, process and transmit data 24/7.
The initial award is for $29 million over six years, with total funding reaching $42 million over the course of the 11-year project term. Raytheon’s role is valued at nearly $2.5 million and includes the provision of systems engineering support to ensure consistency in the evolving Integrated Ocean Observing System architecture.
The OOI Cyberinfrastructure is the significant research component of the emerging Integrated Ocean Observing System and is the contributory element for the United States to the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS). Upon completion, GEOSS will help all nations involved produce and manage their information in a way that benefits the environment as well as humanity. According to Raytheon, historically, earth observation systems work in isolation, limiting the ability to analyze and understand the interaction of measurements of air, water, and land made on the ground, from the air, or from space.
Other teammates include the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the University of Southern California, Rutgers University, Boulder Real Time Systems, and Triad Project Management Services.