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The Open Group Launches Consortium to Standardize Sensor Open System Architecture

 
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SOSA™ Consortium to develop common standards for sensor subsystems at the electrical, mechanical and software interfaces 

San Francisco, CA – October 19, 2017 – Today The Open Group announced the launch of The Open Group Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) Consortium. The SOSA™ Consortium aims to create a common framework for transitioning sensor systems to an open systems architecture, based on key interfaces and open standards established by industry-government consensus.

Originally an initiative under The Open Group FACE™ Consortium, the SOSA Consortium enables government and industry to collaboratively develop open standards and best practices to enable, enhance, and accelerate the deployment of affordable, capable, interoperable sensor systems.

The SOSA Consortium is set to provide a fair and neutral environment for cooperation between industry and government partners, resulting in a collaborative effort across the Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) community, Air Force and Department of Defense, and industry. The architecture will incorporate both hardware and software components to handle demanding processing and data requirements, ease system upgrades, reduce total cost of ownership, and promote competitive acquisition with minimal system reworks.

“The launch of the new SOSA Consortium is a vital step in developing a unified and coherent set of standards for the interoperability of sensor systems,” said Steve Nunn, President and CEO, The Open Group. “In a war fighting environment there is no ‘one size fits all’, so it’s key that the consortium is looking at both hardware and software components as well as the business case for standardization.”   

John Bowling, Technical Expert in Avionics Architectures and Interoperability, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, stated, "The United States Air Force is serious about pursuing practical, measurable benefits of open interfaces for new and legacy systems.  I see integrative, collaborative efforts like the SOSA approach greatly improving our long-term agility and cyber resiliency in weapon systems."

For more information about the SOSA™ Consortium, please visit www.opengroup.org/sosa

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About The Open Group

The Open Group is an international vendor--‐and technology--‐neutral consortium upon which organizations rely to lead the development of IT standards and certifications, and to provide them with access to key industry peers, suppliers and best practices.  The Open Group provides guidance and an open environment in order to ensure interoperability and vendor neutrality.  Further information on The Open Group can be found at www.opengroup.org.

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Conformance Verification Authority (VA) Application

The Open Group, on behalf of the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) Consortium, is seeking qualified applicants to serve as Conformance Verification Authorities (VAs)

Interested organizations should download the RFP here, then send an email to the following address to express your interest and to be added to the mailing list: ogface-admin@opengroup.org

See the instructions in the RFP for submitting your RFP response.

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Conformance Verification Authority (VA) Application

The Open Group, on behalf of the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) Consortium, is seeking qualified applicants to serve as Conformance Verification Authorities (VAs)

Interested organizations should download the RFP here, then send an email to the following address to express your interest and to be added to the mailing list: ogface-admin@opengroup.org

See the instructions in the RFP for submitting your RFP response.

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Proper and thorough preparation prior to application for the FACE™ Conformance Program is instrumental to successful FACE Conformance Certification.

 

For more details on the steps, click on the graphic above. 

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Proper and thorough preparation prior to application for the FACE™ Conformance Program is instrumental to successful FACE Conformance Certification.

 

For more details on the steps, click on the graphic above. 

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The FACE™ Verification process ensures a UoC conforms to the requirements of the FACE Technical Standard. Software Suppliers provide Verification Evidence, Data Model files, and access to UoC object code for evaluation and assessment by a FACE approved VA.

 

For more details on the steps, click on the graphic above.

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The FACE™ Verification process ensures a UoC conforms to the requirements of the FACE Technical Standard. Software Suppliers provide Verification Evidence, Data Model files, and access to UoC object code for evaluation and assessment by a FACE approved VA.

 

For more details on the steps, click on the graphic above.

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Completion of the FACE™ Certification process is required prior to the FACE Registration process and making public claims to UoC conformance.

For more details on the steps, click on the graphic above.

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For more details on the steps, click on the graphic above.

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Keynote: VADM David A. Dunaway, Commander, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)

In a fiscal and political environment where program managers are incentivized to look only at the cost, schedule and performance risk associated within their own programs, the Department of Defense is encouraging management to look across their platform portfolios for cost savings in order to “do more without more.” One proven strategy to accomplish this is to use open industry standards and open architecture systems. To accelerate this cross-platform cost savings, the members of the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) Consortium have developed a common open software architecture, based upon existing industry standards, to assist in eliminating the majority of redundant software development and its associated costs.

The FACE initiative provides a technical standard which lays the framework for maximizing software reuse by enabling a software product line (SPL) approach. Complementary business strategies for decreasing cost, increasing interoperability and bolstering competition have also been developed and published by the FACE Consortium. VADM David A. Dunaway, Commander, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), states that “the FACE Technical Standard is an engine for innovation and affordability. It will accelerate delivery of integrated warfighting capabilities in a more competitive environment.”

An important part of ensuring the objectives of the FACE initiative are met is by enabling adoption across the services as well as industry. To promote the increase of both Government and Industry support, the FACE Consortium hosted an Executive Forum on August 6th, 2013 in Arlington, VA. This forum was structured as an information exchange for senior executives from both Government and Industry to receive an introduction to the FACE initiative, discuss the benefits of the FACE approach to both Government and Industry, learn about current and future FACE procurements, and review the structure and goals of the FACE Consortium. Over twenty-five executives attended the interactive event, which was highlighted by a keynote speech from VADM Dunaway.

As a former F/A-18 aviator, VADM Dunaway understands the direct impact that a common open architecture will have on the Warfighter. He drove home the point that the FACE Technical Standard provides the required guidelines to develop a common software infrastructure to allow for the replacement of obsolete software capabilities with improved capabilities. This will enable industry to focus on developing new and innovative capabilities for Warfighters who depend on those capabilities for enhanced mission effectiveness. The FACE initiative also provides the tools required for the government to provide these enhanced capabilities to the Fleet with greater speed. In addition to challenging industry to provide the best capabilities possible, VADM Dunaway also assured industry executives that the government is not interested in using the FACE initiative to expand government rights to industry’s intellectual property (IP) – there is an important balance between protecting industry’s IP and allowing the government to receive enough information to integrate and replace obsolete products. VADM Dunaway affirmed the importance of this balance and stated that he is committed to ensuring this balance is achieved.

 

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Keynote: VADM David A. Dunaway, Commander, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)

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Keynote: VADM David A. Dunaway, Commander, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)

In a fiscal and political environment where program managers are incentivized to look only at the cost, schedule and performance risk associated within their own programs, the Department of Defense is encouraging management to look across their platform portfolios for cost savings in order to “do more without more.” One proven strategy to accomplish this is to use open industry standards and open architecture systems. To accelerate this cross-platform cost savings, the members of the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) Consortium have developed a common open software architecture, based upon existing industry standards, to assist in eliminating the majority of redundant software development and its associated costs.

The FACE initiative provides a technical standard which lays the framework for maximizing software reuse by enabling a software product line (SPL) approach. Complementary business strategies for decreasing cost, increasing interoperability and bolstering competition have also been developed and published by the FACE Consortium. VADM David A. Dunaway, Commander, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), states that “the FACE Technical Standard is an engine for innovation and affordability. It will accelerate delivery of integrated warfighting capabilities in a more competitive environment.”

An important part of ensuring the objectives of the FACE initiative are met is by enabling adoption across the services as well as industry. To promote the increase of both Government and Industry support, the FACE Consortium hosted an Executive Forum on August 6th, 2013 in Arlington, VA. This forum was structured as an information exchange for senior executives from both Government and Industry to receive an introduction to the FACE initiative, discuss the benefits of the FACE approach to both Government and Industry, learn about current and future FACE procurements, and review the structure and goals of the FACE Consortium. Over twenty-five executives attended the interactive event, which was highlighted by a keynote speech from VADM Dunaway.

As a former F/A-18 aviator, VADM Dunaway understands the direct impact that a common open architecture will have on the Warfighter. He drove home the point that the FACE Technical Standard provides the required guidelines to develop a common software infrastructure to allow for the replacement of obsolete software capabilities with improved capabilities. This will enable industry to focus on developing new and innovative capabilities for Warfighters who depend on those capabilities for enhanced mission effectiveness. The FACE initiative also provides the tools required for the government to provide these enhanced capabilities to the Fleet with greater speed. In addition to challenging industry to provide the best capabilities possible, VADM Dunaway also assured industry executives that the government is not interested in using the FACE initiative to expand government rights to industry’s intellectual property (IP) – there is an important balance between protecting industry’s IP and allowing the government to receive enough information to integrate and replace obsolete products. VADM Dunaway affirmed the importance of this balance and stated that he is committed to ensuring this balance is achieved.

 

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Keynote: VADM David A. Dunaway, Commander, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR)

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The FACE Consortium plans to launch a FACE Conformance Program in the near future.  After launch, this section of the website will provide everything you need to certify your software as FACE Conformant.  It currently provides you with an overview of the program. 

Current FACE Conformance Documents for Download:

Why certification?

Benefits of FACE Conformance

How do I certify?

FACE Conformance Process is a 4-step process with the Supplier in control:

Step 1 - Preparation is the act of a Supplier preparing for the process by obtaining the instructions, guides, policies and tools that will be made available on this website.  A Supplier will also identify the FACE criteria for certification, select a Verification Authority (VA) from a list of authorized VAs, and create verification evidence.

Step 2 - Verification is the act of determining the conformance of an implementation to specification requirements.  FACE Verification is handled through an entity known as a VA, a technical expert on the FACE Technical Standard.

Step 3 - Certification is the process of applying for a FACE Conformance Certificate once verification has been completed. FACE Certification is processed through the FACE Certification Authority (CA).

Step 4 - Registration is the process of listing FACE Certified UoCs in a public listing of FACE Certified UoCs known as the FACE Registry. The FACE Registry is accessed from the FACE Landing Page. 

Software Supplier

Roles

FACE Conformance OV-2 Diagram

FACE Registry

 

 

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The FACE Consortium plans to launch a FACE Conformance Program in the near future.  After launch, this section of the website will provide everything you need to certify your software as FACE Conformant.  It currently provides you with an overview of the program. 

Current FACE Conformance Documents for Download:

Why certification?

Benefits of FACE Conformance

How do I certify?

FACE Conformance Process is a 4-step process with the Supplier in control:

Step 1 - Preparation is the act of a Supplier preparing for the process by obtaining the instructions, guides, policies and tools that will be made available on this website.  A Supplier will also identify the FACE criteria for certification, select a Verification Authority (VA) from a list of authorized VAs, and create verification evidence.

Step 2 - Verification is the act of determining the conformance of an implementation to specification requirements.  FACE Verification is handled through an entity known as a VA, a technical expert on the FACE Technical Standard.

Step 3 - Certification is the process of applying for a FACE Conformance Certificate once verification has been completed. FACE Certification is processed through the FACE Certification Authority (CA).

Step 4 - Registration is the process of listing FACE Certified UoCs in a public listing of FACE Certified UoCs known as the FACE Registry. The FACE Registry is accessed from the FACE Landing Page. 

Software Supplier

Roles

FACE Conformance OV-2 Diagram

FACE Registry

 

 

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The Open Group FACE™Consortium is a government and industry partnership to define an open avionics environment for all military airborne platform types. The FACE Consortium is a vendor-neutral forum that provides standardized approaches for using open standards with avionics systems. The FACE Consortium works to develop and consolidate the open standards, best practices, guidance documents and business models to achieve these objectives: 
The FACE Technical Standard is the open avionics standard for making military computing operations more robust, interoperable, portable and secure. The standard enables developers to create and deploy a wide catalog of applications for use across the entire spectrum of military aviation systems through a common operating environment. The latest edition of the standard further promotes application interoperability and portability with enhanced requirements for exchanging data among FACE components and emphasis on defining common language requirements for the standard.
 
 
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The Open Group FACE™Consortium is a government and industry partnership to define an open avionics environment for all military airborne platform types. The FACE Consortium is a vendor-neutral forum that provides standardized approaches for using open standards with avionics systems. The FACE Consortium works to develop and consolidate the open standards, best practices, guidance documents and business models to achieve these objectives: 

The FACE Technical Standard is the open avionics standard for making military computing operations more robust, interoperable, portable and secure. The standard enables developers to create and deploy a wide catalog of applications for use across the entire spectrum of military aviation systems through a common operating environment. The latest edition of the standard further promotes application interoperability and portability with enhanced requirements for exchanging data among FACE components and emphasis on defining common language requirements for the standard.

 

 

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Download FACE standards, business and technical guidance documents, and tools. Also, learn about additional items that are coming soon.

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FACE 101

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Download FACE standards, business and technical guidance documents, and tools. Also, learn about additional items that are coming soon.

Published Documents

FACE 101

Coming Soon

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