[Avionics Magazine 01-17-2017] Certron is the first commercial entity to complete all verification activities on the Harris Corp. FliteScene in accordance with the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) technical standard and FACE Conformance policy, the company says. Verification authority activities took place in Melbourne, Florida.
"The FACE approach," according to The Open Group, "is a government-industry software standard and business strategy for acquisition of affordable software systems that promotes innovation and rapid integration of portable capabilities across global defense programs." The FACE Technical Standard is the open avionics standard for making military computing operations more robust, interoperable, portable and secure.
Harris announced conformance for its software during the FACE Consortium meeting of 2016. Conformance verification, of which Certron is one of two authorities, ensures that customers receive quality solutions that meet the growing need for common software architecture. Verification authorities analyze the product against the standards. It took Certron 10 days to finish its FliteScene verification.
The Harris FliteScene Digital Map open architecture system provides situational awareness for both civilian and military operations. It supports advanced terrain awareness and obstacle avoidance features and offers three-dimensional synthetic vision modes. It has been integrated with modern tactical networks such as Link 16 and ANW2 providing a full real-time common operating picture. FliteScene supports a standard OpenGL interface that can be integrated with commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) processors and graphic accelerators.