The CIP is a key component of the CIGSS architecture. It provides the processing of all sensor data into NITFS 2.0 imagery for output to the CIGSS LAN. The primary objective of the CIP development is to achieve a hardware and software architecture that is scaleable, extensible, and portable. Underlying these objectives is the philosophy of distributed hardware procurement--with a portable software package, users can select whatever hardware they wish for their processing needs.
The CIP interfaces with the collection element, dissemination element, and management element via local area network(s) (a site infrastructure element). The CIP receives unprocessed imagery from the collection element and transfers processed imagery to the dissemination element which controls the flow of data via a local area network to the archive and exploitation elements, and creates reduced resolution sets (R-Sets). The applications within the CIP include sensor specific processing algorithms which interface with the collection element, the National Imagery Transmission Format Standard (NITFS) file format and compression methods, and the dissemination element applications necessary to organize the data stream according to the protocol defined by the selected LAN technology.
The CIP operates on the data stream according to a prescribed set of algorithms to produce a radiance corrected image with support data extensions in NITF 2.0 format. The services provided by the CIP in the creation of the processed imagery include format conversion; compression and decompression; transformations and filtering; and removal of anomalies. Format conversion, compression and decompression, transformations and filtering are services provided by a dissemination element application resident in the CIP. The CIP also provides support data services that preserve information about the image that is needed for exploitation, archiving, dissemination, and transfer of the processed imagery in allowable standard forms and formats. The resultant image is transferred to local storage media (if private data) or to the archive element for storage and on-line retrieval.
The CIP development is divided into two phases. In the first phase, the portable software architecture will be developed. Included in this will be the capability to process all modes of the following censors:
The second phase is production and sustainment, providing software to users and updating the CIP to accomodate new sensors or modifications to existing sensors.
The RFP for the first phase CIP development was released in early April 1996. The deadline for proposals was 20 May 1996. Contract award was made to Northrup Grumman on 24 Sep 1996.