The Office of Naval Research (ONR) nevertheless awarded Solipsys more than $70 million in contracts recently to demonstrate the TCN technology at sea, with the Navy's 7th Fleet.
These contracts will help to "investigate TCN not just as an alternative to CEC but also as a sensor networking solutions that the joint services have been looking for," said Warren Citrin, president of Solipsys Corp.
Under a $49.7 million, five-year contract, Solipsys will test TCN in the 7th Fleet.
Lockheed Martin is under contract to Solipsys to integrate TCN into the 7th Fleet's Aegis cruisers and Northrop Grumman was contracted to install TCN in an E-2C aircraft, in a CEC-like network
Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Boeing have expressed interest in teaming with Solipsys for the CEC competition, in a consortium that will bid the TCN against the Raytheon/APL team, said Citrin.
It would be the art of the people at Solipsys
Corporation who created it with members of Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL).
TCN is made by a small engineering firm in Laurel, Md., called Solipsys
. Lockheed Martin wants to include TCN in baseline 2.2, but the Navy has not made up its mind about this new technology yet.
"If the Internet worked the way CEC does, when I change my Web page, you would have to reprogram your computer," said Warren Citrin, president of Solipsys Corp., in Laurel, Md.
Solipsys built the TCN with its own funding, because the services weren't interested, said Citrin.
There are a lot of advantages in going with a small business for this pro gram." A public-relations agency representing Solipsys said in a news release that the company "is making waves in the Department of Defense and is challenging the traditional big corporate and laboratory players."
Citrin said he would prefer that Solipsys compete independently of the "big guys." If there were a teaming arrangement, it would more than likely be with Lockheed Martin, which has endorsed the TCN technology and, up until last year, was proposing that the Navy incorporate TCN into CEC baseline 2.2.