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In the emerging digital world, billions of people, systems, and devices will interact and react in real-time, requiring new and disruptive approaches to distributed data/state management, interoperability, and rule-based event processing.

A key challenge to digital transformation is the ability to enable end-to-end interoperability across different industries, each having its own environments and interdependent use cases.  

Interoperability allows disparate information systems from multiple vendors to readily work together and exchange data. It enables valuable business connections, whether across processes, between people and information, or among companies in a value chain. Providing interoperability helps customers decrease complexity and better manage heterogeneous environments—while enhancing choice and innovation in the market.

A McKinsey report estimates that achieving interoperability in IoT would unlock an additional 40 percent value in the total available market.

As an open ontology-based event-driven architecture, OBEDA™ can provide a degree of abstraction and trust necessary for highly distributed, semantically interoperable information systems. OBEDA can break down data silos, eliminate complex system integrations, and unify information spaces – in a way that is simple, scalable, and sustainable. OBEDA extends the capabilities and interoperability of service-based infrastructure (IaaS), application platforms (aPaaS), and software (SaaS).


OBEDA comprises simple common application services to manage event-defined objects (EDOs) within a system of interoperable systems. These systems can span the subsystems of IoT devices, businesses, humans, vehicles, and cities.  To scale, these services must be stable, unchanging, transport-independent, and embeddable in any type of machine, from edge controllers to cloud servers.


OBEDA incorporates an event-defined object model (EDOM) as a common ontology that includes information, system, and commerce models.  EDOM provides a standardized classification of top-level, cross-domain concepts that support broad semantic interoperability among interdependent, domain-specific ontologies and use cases.    Collectively, these concepts represent physical objects, information objects, and ontology objects themselves.


Events and query-results represent the majority of distributed data exchanged and are most efficiently contained within a grid (tabular) structure.  BEAM (Bidirectional Entity Attribute Message) payload formats are structured as grids that support requests/responses, contextual events, queries/results, and views.  The payloads are transported in a syntactical format suitable for a specific transport protocol.


An OBEDA Reference Implementation

A key challenge to digital transformation is the ability to enable end-to-end interoperability across different industries, each having its own environments and interdependent use cases.   An airport ecosystem comprises people and cross-industry organizations working together to serve a common customer – the passenger.
An extensible reference implementation of an event-driven smart airport can accelerate the global adoption of cross-industry interoperability standards within international airports, which can also extend to smart cities.
The reference implementation can serve as a demonstration at conferences as well as a proof-of-concept (POC) solution to active IT projects within airports. 
Ease of extensibility of the implementation within a common infrastructure can evolve an ecosystem of collaborators spanning multiple industries, use cases, communication frameworks, and programming languages.

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