About the 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 Working Groups
Technical Working Group (TWG)
The SOSA Technical Working Group (TWG) is the Consortium body responsible for all technical products and the establishment and governance of the processes that are used to create them. The TWG ensures quality Systems Engineering (SE) and multi-discipline alignment through employment of SE best practices. The processes and practices of the TWG are in service of achieving the goals of the SOSA Consortium as embodied in the SOSA CV-1, products consistent with the SOSA Quality Attributes, and processes framed in the SOSA Architecture Principles. The TWG establishes and manages bi-directional relationships with other OSA initiatives and technical programs. The TWG defines the SOSA Technical Standard for the SOSA Reference Architecture, provides guidance supporting the standard, develops additional support documentation, provides implementation guidance, and provides input on procedures to establish SOSA Conformance. The SOSA TWG leverages open standards where such exist, defining where they do not yet exist.
Business Working Group (BWG)
The Business Working Group (BWG) is chartered by the Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) Consortium to develop, document and advocate business and acquisition strategies that are consistent with the SOSA vision and mission and are mutually beneficial to government and industry. We will do this by engaging with all stakeholders to:
–Develop business models, views, and use cases which balance government and industry interests and support a successful Conformance Certification Program
–Promote development and adoption of the technical standard through various methods of outreach
–Advocate for development and sustainment of an enduring ecosystem supporting the technical standard
–Develop and document guidance for incorporating the SOSA technical standard into procurements
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