Skayl believes in standards. Standards are necessary to achieve flexibility when integrating and maintaining systems throughout their lifespan and come in all shapes and sizes. Skayl supports standards across all domains (hardware, software, data, and functional) from development to deployment. Current efforts include Sensor Open System Architecture (SOSA™), Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™), Open Mission System (OMS), Data Distribution Service (DDS), as well as numerous Army and Navy Enterprise Architecture efforts.
The FACE™ Technical Standard
The Open Group's Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) Technical Standard is the open avionics software standard and defines a Reference Architecture intended for the development of portable software components targeted for general purpose, safety, and/or security purposes. It was developed to reduce cost and time to fielding of avionics systems. It enables the affordable acquisition of software systems that promote rapid integration of portable capabilities across the DoD.
For more information on The Open Group and the FACE Technical Standard, click here.
How Skayl helps it all come together
Skayl’s Modeling Tools (PHENOM) and Configurable Integration Software Infrastructure (CinC) seamlessly support the FACE™ Technical Reference Architecture.
PHENOM serves as the modeling framework to seamlessly create data models and integration models that are aligned with the FACE and UDDL specifications. It dynamically guides the modeler through the process to build and document data-centric interfaces while maintaining consistent and conformant models. The data models define the interface that are implemented by each Transport Service Segment (TSS).
The TSS is the software segment that addresses integration through identified mediation and adaptation capabilities. CinC is the only TSS solution to support all of the optional capabilities. This includes data mediation, protocol mediation, data routing, pluggable protocol modules, component life-cycle interfaces and state persistence.
Together, PHENOM and CinC streamline and greatly simplify the work needed to build, maintain, and adapt a system aligned to the FACE Technical Reference Standard. Click here for more information.
The SOSA™ Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA™)
The Open Group's SOSA creates a common framework for transitioning sensor systems to an open architecture enabling rapid, affordable, cross-platform capability advancements and reducing development and integration costs for military capabilities as well as faster time to field.
For more information on The Open Group and SOSA, click here.
Open Architecture Management (OAM)
Under the Air Force Life Cycle Management Command (AFLCMC), the OAM manages the Open Architecture Management Standards (OAMS) which consist of the Open Mission Systems (OMS) standard and of the Universal Command and Control Interface standard (UCI).
Open Mission Systems (OMS)
a non-proprietary mission system architectural standard.
enables affordable technical refresh and insertion, simplified mission systems integration, service reuse and interoperability, and competition across the life-cycle.
Universal Command and Control Interface standard (UCI)
establishes a set of messages for machine-to-machine, mission-level command and control for airborne systems.
Fore more information on OMS/UCI, click here.
STANAG-4586 (NATO Standardization Agreement 4586)
The STANAG 4586 document aims to standardize Unmanned Control System (UCS) interfaces to help enable Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) interoperability. Interoperability increases the flexibility and capability of the NATO Combined/Joint Service and enables them to meet mission objectives through the sharing of assets and common utilization of information generated from UAVs.
For more information on NATO and STANG-4586, click here.
Data Distribution Service™ (DDS)
The Object Management Group Data Distribution Service (DDS) specification is a middleware standard that describes a Data-Centric Publish-Subscribe (DCPS) model for distributed application communication and integration. This specification defines both the Application Interfaces (APIs) and the Communication Semantics (behavior and quality of service) that enable the efficient delivery of information from information producers to matching consumers.
For more information on OMG DDS, click here.
Resources:https://www.opengroup.org/face, https://www.vdl.afrl.af.mil/programs/oam/index.php,https://www.omg.org/spec/DDS/1.4/PDF/changebar, https://tsoa-id.net/oa-overview/