In support of the interoperability and reusability initiatives announced jointly by the US Army, Navy and Air Force a year ago, Elma Electronic is participating in the inaugural tri-service interoperability demonstration (TSOA-ID), hosted by Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) in Atlanta, GA this month. Some of the company’s platforms are integral to the highly anticipated live demonstrations taking place.

Ken Grob of Elma Electronic, noted, “Elma’s participation in this industry effort demonstrates our commitment to supporting an ecosystem of vendors committed to the use of modular, open standards-based architectures for defense systems. With participation between the services, suppliers and vendors, we can all work smarter, build upon each other’s ideas and integrate technology more cost-effectively and more efficiently to significantly improve military and defense computing intelligence.”

Based on the VITA 65 family of open standards in addition to the SOSA (sensor open systems architecture) standard, several of Elma’s platforms and high-performance backplanes are serving as the foundation for collaborative demonstrations. Among those anticipated in the TSOA-ID’s live event room include 3U and 6U systems, 3U E-frame development platforms and a hybrid 3U/6U ATR-like box.

Elma’s own demos at the live event incorporate many of its established industry partners, such as Behlman Power, Concurrent Technologies, Crossfield Technology, Curtiss Wright, Interface Concept and Spectranetix (a pacific defense company).

The SOSA Consortium (governed by The Open Group) is defining modular open systems standards that enable affordable, re-configurable and re-usable hardware platforms for mission effectiveness in sensors and C5ISR platforms.

The memo states that modular open systems approach (MOSA) standards should be included in all requirements, programming and development activities for future weapon system modifications and start development programs to the maximum extent possible.  In addition to cost containment and sustainment, other benefits of the open architecture initiative include rapid technology insertion, accelerated DoD acquisition and improved system reconfiguration, portability and reuse. 

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