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ICCS is based on a network of digital switching nodes featuring dynamic alternative routing. Multiple fibre optic links provide digital, contention-free communication paths between switching nodes. For small ships and submarines, single-node solutions are available as well. The multi-node arrangement guarantees a redundant structure and high survivability. In the event of a failure on one node, only equipment interfacing directly to it will be affected.

Traffic among the remaining nodes will not be disturbed, due to embedded alternative routing principles. ICCS standard interfaces enable straightforward connectivity to other networks and offer indigenous growth capabilities, both in terms of configuration and technological evolution. Obsolescence risks are therefore minimised. The system complies with warship environmental requirements, namely shock, vibration and electromagnetic compatibility.

The system is essentially composed of:
  • Network Access Units (NAU) - providing the necessary digital and analogue interfaces to the communications system components, being also in charge of the switching and signal distribution functions;
  • Voice Terminals - enabling the ship´s crew to access simultaneously internal and external voice communication channels; when required, equipment remote control facilities are enabled, namely channel plain/secure control and indication;
  • Management Terminals (MT) - enabling a single operator to take care of the full control and supervision of the system; through a user-friendly man-machine interface, a comprehensive set of tools is available to the operator, helping him to perform his duties efficiently and with minimum effort.

  ICCS5 diagram (Ring)

 ICCS5 - System Architectures (Ring)


ICCS5 diagram (Meshed)
ICCS5 - System Architectures (Meshed)


ICCS is by all means a step ahead in terms of shipboard communications management, supporting high-level concepts such as COMPLANS. The overall system set-up (channel allocation, frequencies, operation modes, etc.) can therefore be changed either automatically or with a single command. This means an efficient management of resources and the capability to react quickly to changes on the operational scenario. A powerful human interface, supported on a windows-based graphical user interface, turns the control and management of the ship`s communications into a simple, trivial task.



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