Ann McDonough
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Object Management Group To Launch DDS Foundation
Builds a Data-Distribution Service community of interest

NEEDHAM, MA — March 13, 2019 — The Object Management Group® (OMG®), an international, open membership, not-for-profit technology standards consortium, today announced the formation of the DDS Foundation. The goal of the Foundation is to bring together a community of technology companies, end users, developers and IIoT industry influencers to advance the mission of the OMG Data-Distribution Service™ (DDS™) standard.

The work of the Foundation will center on user case studies, education initiatives, conformance/interoperability testing, and industry data repository models that promote awareness of the standard’s use in edge autonomy, high performance, highly-scalable Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) and large-scale Consumer IoT applications.

The official launch of the Foundation will take place on March 20 during the OMG Technical Committee meeting in Reston, VA. The Foundation’s newly elected leaders will moderate its inaugural event, DDS in the Real World, which will focus on the use of DDS in IIoT, robotics and defense. Speakers include:

  • Using DDS for Dynamic Systems
    Lance Gwennap, Chief Engineer, Raytheon
  • DDS Makes Robots Come Alive  
    Joe Speed, CTO, ADLINK IoT Solutions & Technology
  • Designing Flexible, Secure, and Efficient IoT Applications with DDS
    Steve Totten, Partner, Object Computing, Inc. (OCI)

An evening reception will follow the event so that attendees can continue the conversation and discuss next steps with the speakers, Foundation executives and DDS vendors at the OMG Networking Reception. Registration for the event is complimentary and required.

The Foundation’s executive team is comprised of:

  • VP, Applications - Matt Grubis, Chief Engineer, GE Healthcare will represent the use cases and users of DDS to ensure that DDS standards continue to meet current and anticipated industry/application requirements.
  • VP, Technology - Nick Stavros, CEO, Jackrabbit Consulting will direct and manage all technical activities, serve as the primary technical point of contact for the DDS Foundation, act as liaison to the OMG DDS SIG and establish priorities and requirements for companion specifications.
  • VP, Ecosystem - Chip Downing, Senior Director of Aerospace and Defense (A&D) Markets, RTI is a pioneer in creating commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions to safety standards including RTCA DO-178. He helped drive critical industry standards into the commercial and military aerospace market, such as ARINC 653 and the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE). His role will entail growing the sphere of DDS influence with organizations that have companion specifications.
  • VP, Communications: Laura Clark, Director of Marketing, Twin Oaks will direct and manage external communications about the DDS Foundation, and grow DDS awareness and interest within the broader user community, media and analysts.
  • VP, Marketing - Lynne Canavan, Director of Content Marketing, RTI has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing, working with Fortune 100 companies, startups, agencies and consortia. She will direct and manage DDS Foundation marketing efforts, including events, collateral, and the website to help increase interest in the DDS Foundation.
  • Director of Interoperability - Adam Mitz, Principal Software Engineer, Object Computing, Inc. leads the OpenDDS development group where he consults with OCI's clients from diverse industries including defense, aerospace, IoT, and finance to build distributed applications. He will manage activates related to vendor interoperability, conformance, and data modeling and serve as an alternative technical representative of the DDS Foundation.


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