Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA™) Consortium

As sensor systems increase in number, applications, cost and complexity, users need to address issues such as affordability, versatility and capabilities. Sensor systems should be rapidly reconfigurable and reusable by a greater number of stakeholders. 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 creating open system reference architectures applicable to military and commercial sensor systems and a business model that balances stakeholder interests. The architectures employ modular design and use widely supported, consensus-based, nonproprietary standards for key interfaces that are expected to:

• Reduce development cycle time and cost
• Reduce systems integration cost and risk
• Increase commonality and reuse
• Reduce sustainment and modernization cost
• Support capability evolution and mitigate obsolescence
• Enable technology transition
• Facilitate interoperability
• Isolate the effects of change

SOSA Work Groups

Architecture Work Group (AWG)

  • Define and develop formal architecture products that communicate a clear picture of the SOSA Enterprise suitable for a wide variety of Consortium and outside audiences
  • Ensure quality Systems Engineering (SE) and multi-discipline alignment through employment of SE best practices
  • Establish and manage bi-directional relationships with other OA initiatives and programs
  • Ensure internal consistency among the SOSA business strategy and technical architectures through collaboration and coordination with stakeholders that are both internal (e.g. other Working Groups) and external (e.g., related OA activities)

Business Work Group (BWG)

  • Develops, implements and communicates business models that incorporate the SOSA vision and mission to government and industry leaders;
  • Promotes the SOSA approach in sensor system development, procurement and upgrades
  • Establishes integration with other existing standards

Software Work Group (SWG)

  • Identifies applicable existing or develops new standards and guidance to achieve agile, affordable, reusable software-based capabilities supporting multiple platform variants.

Hardware Work Group (HWG)

  • Specifies relevant existing standards and, as necessary, develop new standards to achieve modularity, interoperability, and scalability within a chassis that is applicable across multiple system elements.

Electrical/Mechanical Work Group (EMWG)

  • Specifies relevant existing standards to achieve modularity, interoperability, and scalability between and among sensor elements and the host platform.

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