The VMDS product within the SAFEcommand suite was developed as a result of the FireControl project requirements that began in 2004. Although a development from its predecessor, OIS, it is market-specific and in recent years its interface has been deemed “dated”. Airbus DS are now in the process of developing ScResponse, the next generation replacement for VMDS. ScResponse is a modular end-user system that will satisfy a number of operating system platforms and be easily expandable. We intend to hold a series of web demonstrations in early April to show progress so far and gain valuable feedback from existing VMDS users, after which WebExes will be held on a monthly basis to demonstrate progress.
To assist this further, we are establishing an ScResponse FRS working-group to assist with user interface design and functionality priorities. We have already contacted all VMDS/Gateway customers to ask if they would like to be part of this group. Like our ScCapture and ScCourier developments from 2014, we will also look to involve existing users in our beta testing programme. Version 1 of ScResponse (containing a limited feature set) will be available late June 2015, with Version 2 available in Q4.