AFDX Explorer

The AFDX Explorer is the star of the AFDX Suite. Data decoder are available for BITE, SID and SNMP. All AFDX Signals will be displayed with the meaning of the value (e.g.: 1 = Engine on). All information in plain text. Down to bit level. Similarly, simulations of AFDX systems. The AFDX Explorer is a tool for sending, monitoring, recording and triggering AFDX (A664) data such as used by Airbus for the A380, the A350 and the A400M.

This comfortable and fast tool to send, monitor, record and trigger of AFDX dataThe visualization of data is done via plotting expenditure (see screenshots). In the transmission mode AFDX data can be sent and thus simulate not existing systems or AFDX data is manipulated. How do you generate as the data for a defective valve?

The AFDX Explorer process data from the Airbus A380, A350 and A400M. It monitors, decode, transmit, record and trigger data. For other types of aircraft you ask us.

The pictures give you an insight into the functions of the AFDX Explorer:

"Tree View" with the AFDX systems. The EEC1A system is open and shows the AFDX signals for the engine status, which can be transmitted in the below "Signal Windows".

Signal Windows with the free selected signals from the tree view. The number of signal windows and the AFDX signals is unlimited.
The display window for SID (System Identification Data). 
The display for BITE = Build in test equipment. The automatic error report from AFDX systems.
The window for the SNMP data. SNMP = Simple Network Management Protocol 
The multi-plot window. The number of multi-plot window is unlimited.

Through years of activity in the validation and verification of aircraft cabin systems and the application of various AFDX tools, the idea was born to develop a tool which combines the positive properties of the tools in use. This includes the following features:

  • Direct import of the Albatros Interface Control Documents (ICDs)
  • Converting one or more ICDs into an XML file
  • Merging several system ICDs in a common XML file
  • Editing or creating your own AFDX data structure using an XML Editor
  • Fault-tolerant routines: An invalid value in an ICD does not result in program abort when reading the ICD
  • Representation of the ICD variables in a tree structure
  • High performance
  • Display of decoded signal values, SID, BITE and raw messages
  • Boolean signal display includes designed meaning of actual values
  • Recording of the AFDX data
  • Reproduction of the recorded AFDX data for offline analysis
  • Setting trigger points for the AFDX signals to detect sporadic values
  • Storage and loading of configurations
  • Transfer of configurations to other computers with little or no customization effort
  • No special hardware required
  • Real-time capability through a real-time operating system (Linux)

The system ICDs are provided by Airbus in the Albatros format (csv). This format can be read directly using the AFDX Explorer. The ICDs (or several simultaneously) are converted and compiled and stored in a common XML file. Thus the hierarchical XML structure is available for viewing the ICD variables in a tree view.

This XML file can be stored and reloaded later for other sessions. Reconversion is not necessary, although this could be done in no time. Conversion of the three A380 CIDS ICDs takes place in approx. 60 seconds on a current desktop PC. (CIDS is the Cabin Intercommunication Data System, the core of the aircraft cabin electronics and thus features interfaces to many
A380 systems. The three CIDS ICDs have a combined size of more than 31 MB.)

If the required ICDs aren't available, it is possible to define the AFDX Signals by yourself with a simple XML- Editor.
More than 1800 AFDX messages were successfully monitored during tests in the aircraft environment.

A time-limited trial with the full range of AFDX Explorer or the entire AFDX Suite can be obtained free of charge.
Please ask for the demo version under "AFDX Suite - Test Software" on.

We will provide you the software and a manual in PDF format. Optional we provide a Linux test version on a USB stick that can be booted on standard computers. A write access to the internal hard disk of the computer is not required when using the USB stick!