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Designing the next generation of sensor systems using the SOSA standard
Author(s): Garrett C. Sargent; Charles Collier; Ilya Lipkin
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Paper Abstract

Open Architectures (OAs) play a key role in the design of sensor systems in the government and commercial world of today. The attraction of OAs is their ability to enable interoperability and reduce the cost of sensor systems. The Sensor Open Sensor Architecture (SOSA) Consortium is a consensus based community of government and industry partners working together to develop the next generation of sensors that have a well-defined set of interfaces for software, hardware, and electrical/mechanical components. In total, the SOSA Technical Standard is applicable to any one of the five sensor types (or combination): radar (RADAR), electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR), signal intelligence (SIGINT), communications (COMMS), and electronic warfare (EW). The ability of the SOSA Technical Standard to be a pointer to five different sensor types is what sets it apart from other standards available today. Many standards suffer from being application/platform specific, relevant to only one sensor type, and locked to a particular vendor. The SOSA Consortium combats this problem by focusing on being platform, vendor, and sensor agnostic. This paper provides use cases to demonstrate the efficacy of the SOSATM Technical Standard for different sensor types. The use cases demonstrate how the electro-mechanical, hardware, architecture, software, and business concepts of the SOSA Technical Standard will be advantageous to the design and procurement of the next generation of sensors.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 April 2019
PDF: 20 pages
Proc. SPIE 11015, Open Architecture/Open Business Model Net-Centric Systems and Defense Transformation 2019, 110150I (30 April 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2520077
Show Author Affiliations
Garrett C. Sargent, Univ. of Dayton (United States)
Charles Collier, Harris Corp. (United States)
Ilya Lipkin, U.S. Air Force (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11015:
Open Architecture/Open Business Model Net-Centric Systems and Defense Transformation 2019
Raja Suresh, Editor(s)

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