Orchid® Input Output

Simulator Input/Output Configuration and Graphical Diagnostics

Orchid® Input Output (Orchid® IO) is L3 MAPPS' software application for communication with the simulator control room hard panels. The I/O system drives a multitude of switches, lamps, meters and various other instruments available to the operators in the main control room. Orchid® IO provides users with full graphical control, monitoring, debugging, and reporting capabilities.

Orchid® IO is designed as a distributed application program, enabling the user to view information from any I/O chassis in the system. Using a graphical user interface, the user can obtain information on the I/O cards of a specific chassis and drill down to the individual I/O point level - the connector pins (analog input, analog output, digital input, and digital output) - to view or set individual point values. Orchid® IO is a state-of-the-art monitoring and debugging application, providing a greater amount of visibility and feedback into the I/O system than other I/O applications.

Orchid® IO supports several independent I/O platforms, including Datapath SC, VDMC, PCI-based, WAGO I/O, and Beckhoff systems. One of Orchid® IO’s strengths is that it can support any combination of these different I/O systems on a single network, allowing our customers to upgrade parts of their systems (just a few I/O chassis, for example) without requiring a full I/O replacement.


  • Automatic reconnection if communication between chassis and simulator is severed
  • Streamlined communication protocol transmitting only value changes after initial update
  • Error checking and reporting at the chassis level, connector pins, or point level
  • Detailed log of all I/O communication events
  • Possibility of adding specific point traces and monitors
  • Intrinsic support for devices with unwired positions
  • Support for mathematical calculations directly within I/O system


  • Provides unparalleled level of visibility and feedback on I/O system
  • Equipped with tracing and debugging capabilities for quick troubleshooting and resolution of issues
  • Eases integration with complex stimulated devices
  • Automated regeneration of points database for quick and painless updates


Naval vessel control systems, land-based and on-board simulators and turnkey training solutions.


Real-time power plant simulators and simulator modernization for all plant types and CANDU plant computer systems.


Real-time simulators for robotic systems and satellites to support simulation-based design and operations / maintenance training.