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NAVSEA & Skayl Team in R&D Effort to Improve Combat System Development Through Data Architecture

Maryland Small Business Signs Navy CRADA in Support of Navy Ship Combat Systems

December 2019, Patuxent River, MD - The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and small business concern, Skayl, recently signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to demonstrate application of the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) software architecture and data modeling approach to tactical Navy Ship Combat System software development.

Skayl, a small business based in Westminster, MD, is dedicated to revolutionizing systems integration in mission critical systems. Skayl will work with NAVSEA to develop a data model comprising the concepts that Combat System software components depend upon to exchange data. The CRADA data model will build on the latest version of the FACE™ (Future Airborne Capability Environment) Certified extensible avionics domain specific data model (DSDM), the first such model which was originally released by Skayl in 2018. CRADA work will also leverage Skayl’s advanced data model management software, PHENOM™, and continuing work on Skayl’s Configurable Infrastructure Capability (CinCTM), a FACE Transport Services Segment (TSS) auto-generation software.

NAVSEA will benefit from Skayl expert support in FACE, data modelling, and software generation approaches, including the products of Skayl’s previous and ongoing NAVAIR and NAVSEA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) efforts. Skayl will leverage NAVSEA’s feedback on its data modeling methodologies and tools to further extend and improve Skayl’s commercial products and services. In addition, through this collaboration, NAVSEA engineers will gain advanced knowledge and experience developing data models that facilitate rapid integration, while Skayl will have the opportunity to incorporate design patterns related to surface ship combat systems into its continually evolving data model.

“We’re excited to collaborate with the researchers and engineers at NAVSEA,” said Chris Allport, Skayl Founder and President. “Our work together will further advance Skayl’s products while demonstrating the benefits of our technology through its application in the combat system. NAVSEA possesses experience and a deep understanding of combat system integration challenges. We believe our technical solutions to this challenge will provide NAVSEA with a more scalable and robust integration capability across the enterprise.”

Skayl principals have been actively supporting the Open Group’s Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) Consortium since 2012. They have been instrumental in shaping the discussion about the Data Architecture Working Group and are recognized as thought-leaders in this realm of data architecture.

About Skayl

Skayl’s revolutionary solutions enable mass interoperability, in mission-critical settings including smart cities, national defense, healthcare, transportation, and public safety. Skayl partners with some of the world’s most demanding clients including the US Navy, Army, Air Force, and NATO to enable rapid, cost-effective integrations within large ecosystems of diverse technologies. To find out more, visit


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