Rockwell Collins Hosting FACE Consortium Meeting

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (May 23, 2014) – Rockwell Collins, a leader in developing open systems architecture avionics solutions, will host the June 3-5 meeting of the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) Consortium at its corporate headquarters in Cedar Rapids. The FACE Consortium is a government and industry partnership working to develop standards for a common operating environment to support portable capability applications across multiple avionics systems.

“As a founding sponsor of the FACE Consortium, Rockwell Collins is looking forward to hosting members while they do the important work of codifying open architecture standards for defense avionics,” said Troy Brunk, vice president and general manager of Airborne Solutions for Rockwell Collins. “In a constrained military budget environment, industry and government must work together aggressively to reduce costs while shortening the time to bring new technologies to the warfighter.”

The FACE Consortium publishes technical standards that specify the software architecture and how avionics applications communicate and interact. At this meeting, members will continue developing concepts for Edition 3.0 of the FACE Technical Standard, building upon the foundations now in place from previously published editions. Members will also continue to evolve the business strategy, including finalizing FACE conformance certification and software library operations, to promote and ensure successful adoption of the FACE Technical Standard.

The FACE Consortium was formed in 2010 as a government and industry partnership to define an open avionics environment for all military airborne platform types. Today, it is an aviation-focused professional group made up of more than 70 industry suppliers, customers, academia and users. The FACE Consortium provides a vendor-neutral forum for industry and government to work together to develop and consolidate the open standards, best practices, guidance documents and business strategy necessary for acquisition of affordable software systems that promote innovation and rapid integration of portable capabilities across global defense programs.

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