Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) is a government-industry software standard for avionics systems. Its primary purpose is to drive down acquisition costs, and promote innovation and rapid integration of software systems for portable capabilities, across services and programs. RTI Connext DDS and the RTI Transport Services Segment (TSS) provide a fast path to both FACE and safety certification.

Within the FACE architecture, the TSS provides the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and capabilities that portable components use to exchange data. To help component developers and systems integrators meet their connectivity requirements, RTI offers TSS-related software, support, consulting and engineering services, including:

  • FACE 2.1 TSS Reference Implementation for developers and integrators who want to take advantage of the Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard. It provides a thin software layer that maps the FACE Transport Services API to the DDS API supported by Connext DDS products.
  • RTI Connext Tools to accelerate development, debugging, testing, integration and optimization—including by providing run-time system and data introspection.
  • FACE TSS Support Package to provide expert guidance and support for integration of the RTI reference implementation into a specific platform.
  • FACE TSS Design Services to develop customizations to the reference implementation necessary to meet system-specific requirements.


FACE Reference Architecture with RTI Transport Services Segment


RTI, the FACE Consortium and The Open Group

RTI supports open industry standards and has been an active member of the FACE Consortium, run by The Open Group, since 2010.