Ann McDonough
Object Management Group
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Object Management Group Adopts Retail, Cybersecurity and Middleware Specifications at Q2 Members Meeting
Task Forces issue RFPs for workplace benefits, radar, sonar and other similar sensors, and systems engineering API specifications

Needham, MA – July 24, 2018 – The Object Management Group® (OMG®), an international, open membership, not-for-profit technology standards consortium, adopted six new specifications and issued three new RFPs at its quarterly members meeting, held from June 18-22, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. The meeting was sponsored by No Magic, RTI and Sparx Systems.

Newly Adopted Specifications
The board of directors adopted the following submissions and reports:

  • ARTS XML Video Analytics enables multi-vendor interoperability for advanced analytics like facial recognition, people/demographic counting, and hazard identification. Examples include software that recommends specific offers to shoppers who are recognized to be enrolled in a retailer's loyalty program, or an alert sent to a clerk if there is a problem in an aisle.
  • DDS_XRCE™ extends the security, scalability, performance and quality-of-service benefits of the Data-Distribution Service™ (DDS™) databus to resource-constrained devices, such as limited CPU and memory devices using very low-bandwidth communications, and battery-powered devices that need to undergo deep-sleep cycles.
  • IEF™ Reference Architecture is a framework to develop a family of specifications for policy-driven, data-centric information sharing and safeguarding services. This framework will benefit operational environments that require the ability to share information within and beyond organizational boundaries and are challenged by unpredictable changes in operational contexts (e.g., threat, risk, roles and responsibilities, scale, scope, and severity) such as the military, public safety, national security and border safety.
  • OPC UA/DDS Gateway defines a standard, bi-directional gateway that maps the operations and information flows in each technology (Data-Distribution Service or OPC-UA) to the other one so that an application using OPC-UA can consume information and services produced in DDS and vice-versa.
  • Tools Output Integration Framework™ (TOIF™) provides a standards-based environment that integrates the outputs of multiple static analysis tools in a single uniform view of vulnerability information. Cyber security professionals, responsible for managing risks of software intensive systems, will find that TOIF-enabled static analysis tools and other TOIF-enabled tools provide enhanced vulnerability detection capability that builds upon both commercial and open source tools.
  • UnifiedPOS Version 1.15 is a widely accepted architectural specification for application interfaces to point-of-service devices used in a retail environment. It defines the structure of application interfaces to retail devices such as scanners, printers and scales, and describes the range of functionality in these devices that would typically be needed for point-of-sale (POS) software solutions.

All existing OMG specifications are available to the public for free download.

New Standard Development
New RFPs were issued to solicit submissions for new standards. Organizations interested in submitting must submit a letter of intent (LOI) by the LOI deadline in order to submit to a RFP. Submitting a LOI does not commit an organization to being part of a submission team. The most recent RFPs issued were:

  • EDI Standards for Non-Medical Workplace Benefits seeks input to establish a uniform standard that transmits electronic data for non-medical workplace benefits between benefit administration/HRIS organizations and insurance carriers. Letters of Intent are due by September 14, 2018 and submissions are due on November 12, 2018.
  • OARIS™ v2.0 (Additional Sensors) seeks support for additional sensor types and their command and control requirements, such as sonar, electronic surveillance (of radar and other radio frequency transmissions), electro-optic and infra-red, and invites additional Platform Specific Models that apply to different sensor types. Letters of Intent are due by June 21, 2019 and submissions are due on November 11, 2019.
  • SysML 2 API and Services specifies requirements for an Application Programming Interface (API) that includes services to operate on SysML® v2 models and connect SysML v2 models with models in other disciplines. Letters of Intent are due by December 10, 2018 and submissions are due in February 1, 2020.

To view these and other RFC, RFI, and RFP documents, visit https://www.omg.org/public_schedule/.

Special Events
During the week, OMG held informational events for the public:

  • Intro. to OMG Modeling & Middleware Specifications Tutorial
  • Location-based Technology & Analytics in Retail
  • OMG Meet & Greet: Computer-Aided Cyber Security Using Code Analysis Web Portal Demonstration - Addressing Privacy and Security Issues in Healthcare IT
  • Realizing Effective End-to-End Quality Management within the Health Domain: Case Studies Using OMG Standards

The events' agendas can be found here.

Next Technical Meeting
The early-bird registration deadline for the next TC meeting from September 24-28, 2018 in Ottawa, Canada is August 17, 2018. Exhibit space is also available; contact [email protected] no later than Friday, September 14, 2018 to reserve space. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact the OMG Business Development team at [email protected] or call +1-781-444-0404.


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