Chip Downing, Wind River
The Internet of Things (IoT) is an initiative to integrate a wide variety of technical and commercial information-generating components to provide new business opportunities based upon device and system intelligence. This technology is the large-scale commercialization of technology that has been developed and proven by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the intelligence community (IC) over the past fifteen years. In much the same way that NASA and the early space program in the 1960s spurred innovations in chip technology, automation, propulsion, and miniaturization, solutions developed from the concept of network-centric operations (NCO) translate directly to the foundations of today's commercial IoT. Given that IoT concepts originated in the military/intelligence sector, does the commercialization of IoT provide new opportunities for this community itself? If so, how can vendors exploit these opportunities using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies?
Earlier this year, Wind River announced its support of the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) technical standard, which hopes to resolve two fundamental problems with military procurements.
The challenge of maintaining deployed systems in Aerospace and Defense (A&D) can span long life cycles that integrate legacy platforms with new capabilities, while continuing to drive down Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) demands. Deploying systems based upon advanced multicore processors executing mixed OS and hypervisor environments is an effective strategy to bridge existing assets into future platforms, while consolidating environments into smaller system footprint frameworks.