Applied Communications and Information Networking (ACIN) Program

The United States Army's Communications - Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) has contracted with Drexel University to operate the Applied Communication and Information Networking (ACIN) Program in Camden, New Jersey.


The ACIN Program's Technology Partner is the Departments of Electrical andComputer Engineering and Computer Science at Drexel University's College of Engineering.


The key goal of the ACIN Program in Camden is to enable rapid deployment of technologies developed within the Drexel partnership to the benefit of Warfighters and other First Responders.


Joint Unified Multi-Capable Protection System (JUMPS)


The Unites States Army Joint Unified Multi-Capable Protection System (JUMPS) is a comprehensive suite of sensor devices, software and workstations that provide Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) situational awareness and address threat detection for maritime port defense and security. JUMPS provides the Warfighter with deployable strategic and tactical command and control system to conduct joint, interagency and coalition coordination in support of harbor defense, maritime critical infrastructure protection and related littoral activities. JUMPS is composed of a broad range of component sensors including the True RF Environment Extractor (T-REX), PC-based GEO-Location System (PCGS), Automatic Identification System (AIS), Solar Powered Extreme Condition Tactical Ethernet Reconnaissance (SPECTER), Radar Display Operator Position (RDOP) and in the web application Universal Common Operating Picture (UCOP).


  • Inadequate sensors and processing for detection or persistent monitoring
  • Existing ground-based systems have truncated capabilities for over-the-horizon detection
  • Overwhelming volume of multi-source intelligence data
  • Limited tools to produce a single integrated picture of the area of interest


VORTECHX Applied Technologies is providing its VMware® virtualization exploitation framework technology and integration services to semantically fuse data from tracking sensors, aerial SIGINT and other sources to detect anomalies in a maritime environment. The DCGS-A Tactical Entity Database is integrated and correlated with other multi-source intelligence. VORTECHX’s data fusion and textual analytics capability is applied to exploit structured and unstructured sources for increased situational awareness in the maritime domain. VORTECHX is leveraging existing capabilities within the Guardrail GGB with Wave’s data fusion capability to enable real time data fusion combining airborne and ground based COMINT collection with unstructured data sources to provide superior maritime situational awareness. VORTECHX Applied Technologies integrated its technology with existing DCGS-A technologies including VIPER, DIB, in order to minimize development time and cost associated with training operators on new applications.

Results - Enhanced Operational Capabilities:

  • Situational Awareness – increased through multi-sensor and data sources connectivity
  • Sensor Integration – flexible architecture supports access to disparate information sources
  • Improved Common Operating Picture – operationally relevant information display based on user context
  • Achieved JDL level 2 fusion – by validating (comparing similar data from multiple sources in order to weed out false positives and potentially spoofed sensors) and de-conflicting data from eight different sources