IData® Tool Suite

Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS), cross-platform software development toolkit for creating and deploying Human Machine Interface (HMI) applications in safety-critical environments


IData Tool Suite - HMI ToolsThe IData® Tool Suite is a tool-based Human Machine Interface (HMI) application development and deployment environment. It offers unmatched advanced features for designing powerful HMI applications that can run on most target platforms. Using IData’s innovative technology, developers can create HMI applications for a countless number of end-user projects.


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IData Tool Suite — A Complete Toolkit

  • The HSL Generator generates a display database from the design created within the IData Modeler. It also includes runtimes for both Windows PC and Linux target systems. An HSL generator can support as many as five designer seats in a designer cluster. HSL data from this generator is used by the IData Runtime.
  • IData Designer is a cost-effective HMI interactive development environment that includes a built-in simulator, texture font generator, a test data generator, and a host of performance focused features to create highly detailed behavioral graphics displays.
  • IDataMap is an add-on module that offers, high performance 2-D/3-D digital map displays and geospatial visualization capabilities based on industry standard data formats.
  • IData3D is a high-performance, real-time 3-D scene management library module that renders 3-D data content from industry standard tools on desktop and embedded platforms.
  • IData Run Time provides the means to deploy IData applications on the target system of choice, including any RTOS, any OpenGL® subset, or any computer platform.
  • IData DO-178B/C Certification Kit is the set of DO-178B/C artifacts that supports applications for those seeking FAA approval.


Commercial and Business Aviation

IData has been developed to follow the strict safety-critical standards for commercial aircraft cockpit design. With its 2-D and 3-D plugins, designers can easily create situational awareness displays with digital maps, and Primary Flight Displays (PFDs) with Synthetic Vision, and know the displays will meet the rigors of DO-178B/C with the use of IData’s Certification Documentation set for the IData Runtime.

Aerospace and Defense Industries

IData is ideally suited for digital and analog instrumentation, flat-panel display symbology, heads-up displays or HUDs, interactive virtual consoles, tactical digital map displays, and immersive training. The powerful development environment dramatically shortens development time for embedded cockpit displays, flight simulators, aircraft trainers, and can be used in “man in the loop” scenarios to measure stimuli responses.


Command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems, whether for situational awareness or unmanned vehicle control, require powerful digital maps, 3-D terrain, standard symbology sets, flexible symbology overlays, video handling, and powerful user interaction. IData offers developers comprehensive built-in capabilities to create tomorrow’s C4ISR systems, such as full-alpha blending and automatic geo-registration of models when draping charts over 3-D terrain.

Industrial Automation

Whether on a shop floor, in a factory, or a distribution center, automation and monitoring of processes are important to a successful and efficient working environment. IData provides specialized tools, such as, the test data generator, to easily drive the monitoring devices of the user’s system and to test new designs and processes before they are implemented on the shop floor. Deploying touch interactive displays, interactive graphics, flexible data inputs, single screen, or networked display systems, and portability to low cost or handheld platforms, IData will address the systems ergonomic requirements.

Transportation Industry

The origins of the IData Tool Suite stemmed from the need to easily create high performance and highly reliable cockpit displays. The same rigorous behavioral graphics are needed by the transportation industry. With IData’s integrated map and 3-D imagery, destination routing and re-routing can be sent to the associated displays for the driver or dispatcher as required. Because of the extreme performance of the deployed display system, many fleet vehicles can be tracked and displayed simultaneously using IData. Full-tabular data that displays weights and measures, bills of lading, and local tolls and tariffs can be displayed and updated as needed.

Features and Benefits

  • Reduced Life Cycle Costs — IData offers integrated, powerful, open architecture model-based development that meets certification requirements, such as DO-178B/C for avionics.
  • Extreme Performance — Whether using third party or ENSCO supplied OpenGL solutions, IData makes it easy to meet performance requirements on all classes of embedded hardware because of its unique functionalities, such as multi-rate rendering, separately addressable shapes, and the drawing plane interface
  • Advanced Capabilities — Through the addition of ENSCO-supplied or third party modules, such as digital mapping, 3-D scene management, video handling, and turnkey reusable widget libraries, application developers gain access to advanced capabilities.
  • Reduced Obsolescence — Obsolescence and portability risks are reduced by eliminating the representation of HMIs, graphics data, and behavioral logic as source code. Instead, IData offers a content-driven application development environment that concentrates on efficient content rendering pipelines, both accelerated via a GPU and ENSCO’s software-based OpenGL renderer.
  • True Rapid Prototyping — IData’s Runtime processes data produced by the HSL Generator in real time. A hardware (target system) shut down and reboot is not required to use new data files (HSL data), which enhances man-in-the-loop testing, and updates and changes to the application’s displays and behaviors on the fly.


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