RTI Announces COTS Connectivity Software for Military Avionics Systems Based on FACE 2.1 Standard

By Veronica Magan | May 28, 2015
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[Avionics Today 05-28-2015] Real-Time Innovations (RTI) announced the availability of its Transport Services Segment (TSS) software based on the new technical standard for Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE), Edition 2.1 It allows avionics software developers and platform integrators to rapidly assemble best-of-breed technologies with Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components that have proven safety certification credentials. These systems aim to reduce integration and airworthiness certification risk while facilitating reuse across both manned and unmanned systems.

"RTI’s COTS Transport Services Segment software expands the range of commercial solutions for global military customers," states Chip Downing, senior director of aerospace and defense at Wind River and chair of the FACE Business Working Group Outreach Committee. "The FACE industry partners are rapidly developing a rich ecosystem of FACE-aligned components, enabling government customers a wide range of powerful and proven COTS components that can quickly deploy advanced solutions into next generation aircraft."

RTI’s TSS technology is built on the Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard developed by the Object Management Group (OMG). This includes RTI Connext DDS Cert, which is certifiable to DO-178C Design Assurance Level (DAL) A. The RTI TSS is also interoperable with non-FACE DDS applications, such as those that comply with the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Control Segment (UCS) architecture.

"We announced our FACE TSS two years ago and have since worked with several military organizations to enable interoperable and reusable avionics systems," said David Barnett, vice president of product and markets at RTI. "This new FACE TSS 2.1 reference implementation will drive the power of DDS into next generation systems using an open, flexible and robust COTS communications foundation."

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