News | May 28, 1999

Open Data Acquisition Association Announces New President

The Open Data Acquisition Association, a group of leading manufacturers responsible for developing interoperable standards between PC-based data acquisition products, today announced the appointment of Dr. Frederick A. Putnam as president of the organization. Dr. Putnam is also president of LABTECH Corp., a manufacturer of high-performance data acquisition and process control software.

"The focus of ODAA is the continuing development of the Open Data Acquisition Standard," said Dr. Putnam. "As the Association and the standard grow and mature, we will maintain our goal of providing data acquisition customers with choices. Choices based on real, open standards. As a result, using ODAS-compliant products will allow developers of PC-based data acquisition systems to select products from multiple vendors and easily integrate them into a single measurement system."

The ODAA also announced its participation in the Electro 1999 conference, June 15 - 17, 1999, at the Bayside Convention Center in Boston, MA. Dr. Putnam will represent the group, giving two talks during the conference. The first, entitled "ODAS: A New Standard for the PC Data Acquisition Hardware/Software Interface," will be held on June 15, 1999, at 1:30 p.m. This session will provide attendees with an overview of the Open Data Acquisition Standard, a new API currently under development for interfacing plug-in data acquisition cards and software. Dr. Putnam will cover all aspects of ODAS, the need for a standard, design objectives, technical description of the standard, and how ODAS relates to other industry standards, such as OPC and IVI. A live demonstration of how the standard is used in practice will also be provided.

The Association will also participate in a roundtable discussion entitled, "Instrumentation & Measurement: The Next Millennium," to be held on June 15, 1999, at 10 a.m. The panel will include Dr. Fred Putnam, president of LABTECH, Fred Molinari, president of Data Translation and a founding member of the Association, and several distinguished members of the editorial community.

The Open Data Acquisition Association is a non-profit association is a non-profit association whose objective is to provide users of data acquisition systems with a universal, open standard (the Open Data Acquisition Standard) that allows interoperability between PC-based data acquisition hardware and software solutions from multiple vendors. For more information on ODAA and ODAS, visit the organization's Web site at . Send questions about how companies can become members of the Association are directed to John Coschigano, OMEGA Engineering, at 203-359-7808 or email: .