SOSA webinar roundtable discussion on 4 Nov. details how new embedded computing standard affects suppliers

Oct. 26, 2021
Online attendees can ask questions about the emerging SOSA market, the best ways they can participate, and what integrators need most from suppliers.

NASHUA, N.H. – Military & Aerospace Electronics will present an online webinar roundtable discussion on Thursday 4 Nov. 2021 to help embedded computing suppliers understand how the just-published Sensor Open Systems Architecture (SOSA) technical standard affects them most.

The webinar -- the SOSA technical standard: who needs to be concerned, and what does the military and defense industry need from embedded computing suppliers? -- will stream live at 2 p.m. eastern time on the Military & Aerospace Electronics website at

Register for this online discussion online at

Roundtable panelists are Kirk Avery, Fellow at Lockheed Martin Corp. in Bethesda, Md.; Patrick Collier, Senior Open Systems Engineer at Aspen Consulting Group Inc., and formerly of Naval Air Systems Command at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Md.; and Mark Littlefield, Senior Manager, Embedded Computing Products & Services at Elma Electronic in Fremont, Calif.

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Kirk Avery of Lockheed Martin will discuss what the SOSA open-systems standard means for U.S. prime defense systems integrators, and what prime defense contractors need from their suppliers where SOSA hardware and software are concerned.

Patrick Collier will delve into his deep knowledge of government contracting to talk about how the SOSA standard can benefit the U.S. military and how the SOSA standard will evolve over time.

Mark Littlefield will define the SOSA market for embedded computing hardware and software, and will go into detail on which embedded computing companies will be most affected by the new standard. Military & Aerospace Electronics Chief Editor John Keller will moderate the discussion.

Those attending will have time to ask online questions about what they need to know about SOSA, how the standard affects them, and get advice on the best ways to do business where SOSA-aligned hardware and software are concerned.

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Lockheed Martin's Kirk Avery has more than 30 years of experience in architecting, designing, developing, integrating, and deploying systems and software for military and commercial fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, ground systems, training systems, and simulation systems, and has developed modular open-systems solutions. He is the Open Group's SOSA Consortium Technical Working Group Vice-Chair, and serves as Lockheed Martin’s Primary Steering Committee member for the FACE and SOSA Consortia, and is involved in open-architecture efforts such as OMS and HOST.

Patrick Collier focuses on the development and use of open architectures for aerospace and defense applications. Previously he was a lead hardware engineer at the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command Air Combat Electronics Program Office, where he helped develop the Hardware Open Systems Technology (HOST) set of standards. He also founded and chairs the VITA 78 (SpaceVPX) and VITA 78.1 (SpaceVPXLite) efforts. He is a cofounder and chair of the Open Group's SOSA Hardware Working Group.

Mark Littlefield has more than 25 years of experience in embedded computing, where he has held a range of technical and professional roles supporting defense, medical, and commercial applications. Mark holds bachelor's and master’s degrees in control systems engineering from the University of West Florida, where he wrote his thesis on a neural net approach to image processing.

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Sponsoring this roundtable webinar discussion are Annapolis Micro Systems in Annapolis, Md.; Pentek, now part of Mercury Systems in Upper Saddle River, N.J.; Atrenne Integrated Solutions in Brockton, Mass.; and Smart Rugged in Newark, Calif.

Register for this webinar online at Registration is free. If those interested are unable to attend the live event, they can listen on-demand anytime.

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