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Vision and Scope

The Eclipse Sparkplug Working Group will drive the evolution and broad adoption of the Eclipse Sparkplug protocol and related technologies that enable the creation of open, interoperable, Industrial IoT (IIoT) solutions.

In particular, the Working Group will encourage the definition of technical specifications and associated implementations that rationalize access to industrial data, improve the interoperability and scalability of IIoT solutions, and provide an overall framework for supporting Industry 4.0.

The Working Group will:

  • Promote the "Eclipse Sparkplug" brand and its value in the marketplace.
  • Provide vendor neutral marketing and other services to the Eclipse Sparkplug ecosystem.
  • Define and manage a specification process to formalize the specifications that are defined within the scope of this working group.
  • Define compatibility rules and a compatibility and branding process for implementations of these specifications to ensure application portability.
  • Define licensing and intellectual property flows that encourage community participation, protect community members, and encourage usage.
  • Manage the overall technical and business strategies its related open source projects.
  • Establish and drive a funding model that enables this working group and its community to operate on a sustainable basis.
  • Manage the overall technical and business strategies for Eclipse Tahu and related projects.

All Members must be parties to the Eclipse Foundation Membership Agreement, including the requirement set forth in Section 2.2 to follow the Bylaws and then-current policies of the Eclipse Foundation, including but not limited to the Intellectual Property and Antitrust Policies.

Governance and Precedence

Applicable Documents

In the event of any conflict between the terms set forth in this Working Group's Charter and the Eclipse Foundation Bylaws, Membership Agreement, Eclipse Development Process, Eclipse Industry Working Group Process, or any policies of the Eclipse Foundation, the terms of the Eclipse Foundation Bylaws, Membership Agreement, process, or policy shall take precedence.

Membership

With the exception of Guest members as described below, an entity must be at least a Solutions Member of the Eclipse Foundation, have executed the Eclipse Sparkplug Participation Agreement once defined, and adhere to the requirements set forth in this Charter to participate.

There are three classes of Eclipse Sparkplug working group membership - Strategic, Participant, and Guest. Each of these classes is described in detail below.

The participation fees associated with each of these membership classes is shown in the tables in Schedule A. These are annual fees, and are established by the Eclipse Sparkplug Steering Committee, and will be updated in this charter document accordingly.

The fees associated with membership in the Eclipse Foundation are separate from any working group membership fees, and are decided as described in the Eclipse Bylaws and detailed in the Eclipse Membership Agreement.

Classes of Eclipse Sparkplug Membership

Strategic members

Strategic Members are organizations that view IIoT standards and technologies as strategic to their organization and are investing significant resources to sustain and shape the activities of this working group.

Strategic Members of the Eclipse Sparkplug working group must be at least a Solutions Member of the Eclipse Foundation, and have a minimum of 3 developers participating on Eclipse Sparkplug projects, and made at least one accepted commit or pull request to a Sparkplug project within the last 12months.

Participant members

Participant Members are typically organizations that deliver products or services based on open IIoT standards and technologies, or view IIoT standards and technologies as strategic to their organization. These organizations want to participate in the development and direction of an open IIoT ecosystem.

Participant Members of the Eclipse Sparkplug working group must be at least Solutions Members of the Eclipse Foundation.

Guest members

Guest Members are organizations which are Associate members of the Eclipse Foundation who have been invited for one year, renewable, by the Steering Committee to participate in particular aspects of the activities of the Working Group. Typical guests include R&D partners, universities, academic research centers, etc. Guests may be invited to participate in committee meetings at the invitation of the respective committee, but under no circumstances do Guest members have voting rights. Guest members are required to execute the Eclipse Sparkplug Participation Agreement once defined.

Membership Summary

  Strategic Member Participant Member Guest Member
Member of the Steering Committee Appointed Elected N/A

Governance

This Eclipse Sparkplug working group is designed as:

  • a member driven organization,
  • a means to foster a vibrant and sustainable ecosystem of components and service providers,
  • a means to organize the community of each project or component so that users and developers define the roadmap collaboratively.

In order to implement these principles, the Steering Committee has been defined (also referred to as the "Body" below) as described below:

Steering Committee

Powers and Duties

Steering Committee members are required to:

  • Define and manage the strategy of the working group.
  • Define and manage which Eclipse Foundation projects are included within the scope of this working group. This will require acceptance of the specification process by these projects.
  • Define and manage the roadmaps.
  • Review and approve this charter.
  • Review and approve the participation agreement.
  • Define and approve the specification process to be used by the Sparkplug specifications.
  • Ensure that all Specification Projects operate in an open, transparent, and vendor-neutral fashion in compliance with the Specification Process.
  • Approve specifications for adoption by the community.
  • Work with the Eclipse IoT Project Management Committee (IoT PMC) to ensure that the specification process is complied with by all Sparkplug specification projects.
  • Review and approve the trademark policy to ensure compatibility of independent implementations of specifications.
  • Define the trademark policy and Trademark Usage Guidelines to be used by the Sparkplug specifications.
  • Ensure the consistency of logo usage and other marketing materials.
  • Define the budget and fees for all classes of working group membership each year.
  • Invite Guest members to participate in the working group.

Composition

  • Each Strategic Member of the working group has a seat on the Steering Committee.
  • Two seats are allocated to Participant Members. Participant Member seats are allocated following the Eclipse "Single Transferable Vote", as defined in the Eclipse Bylaws.

Meeting Management

The Steering Committee meets at least twice a year.

Common Dispositions

The dispositions below apply to all governance bodies for this working group, unless otherwise specified. For all matters related to membership action, including without limitation: meetings, quorum, voting, electronic voting action without meeting, vacancy, resignation or removal, the terms set forth in Section 6 of the Eclipse Foundation Bylaws apply.

Good Standing

A representative shall be deemed to be in Good Standing, and thus eligible to vote on issues coming before the Body they participate in, if the representative has attended (in person or telephonically) a minimum of three (3) of the last four (4) Body meetings (if there have been at least four meetings). Appointed representatives on the Body may be replaced by the Member organization they are representing at any time by providing written notice to the Steering Committee. In the event a Body member is unavailable to attend or participate in a meeting of the Body, they may send a representative and may vote by proxy, which shall be included in determining whether the representative is in Good Standing. As per the Eclipse Foundation Bylaws, a representative shall be immediately removed from the Body upon the termination of the membership of such representative’s Member organization.

Voting

For actions (i) requesting that the Eclipse Foundation Board of Directors approve a specification license; (ii) approving specifications for adoption; (iii) amending the terms of the working group’s Participation agreement; (iv) approving or changing the name of the working group; and (v) approving changes to annual Member contribution requirements; any such actions must be approved by no less than two-thirds (2/3) of the representatives in Good Standing represented at a committee meeting at which a quorum is present.

Term and Dates of elections

All representatives shall hold office until their respective successors are appointed or elected, as applicable. There shall be no prohibition on re-election or re-designation of any representative following the completion of that representative’s term of office.

Strategic Members

Strategic Members Representatives shall serve in such capacity on committees until the earlier of their removal by their respective appointing Member organization or as otherwise provided for in this Charter.

Elected representatives

Elected representatives shall each serve one-year terms and shall be elected to serve from April 1 to March 31 of each calendar year, or until their respective successors are elected and qualified, or as otherwise provided for in this Charter. Procedures governing elections of Representatives may be established pursuant to resolutions of the Steering Committee provided that such resolutions are not inconsistent with any provision of this Charter.

Meetings Management

Place of meetings

All meetings may be held at any place that has been designated from time-to-time by resolution of the corresponding Body. All meetings may be held remotely using phone calls, video calls or any other means as designated from time-to-time by resolution of the corresponding Body.

Regular meetings

No Body meeting will be deemed to have been validly held unless a notice of same has been provided to each of the representative in Good Standing at least thirty (30) calendar days prior to such meeting, which notice will identify all potential actions to be undertaken by the Body at the Body meeting. No representative will be intentionally excluded from Body meetings and all representatives shall receive notice of the meeting as specified above; however, Body meetings need not be delayed or rescheduled merely because one or more of the representatives cannot attend or participate so long as at least a quorum of the Body is represented at the Body meeting. Electronic voting shall be permitted in conjunction with any and all meetings of the Body the subject matter of which requires a vote of the Body to be delayed until each such representative in attendance thereat has conferred with his or her respective Member organization as set forth in Section Voting above.

Actions

The Body may undertake an action only if it was identified in a Body Meeting notice or otherwise identified in a notice of special meeting.

Invitations

The Body may invite any member to any of its meetings. These invited attendees have no right of vote.

Sparkplug Working Group Annual Participation Fees Schedule A

The following fees have been established by the Sparkplug Steering Committee. These fees are in addition to each participant’s membership fees in the Eclipse Foundation.

Sparkplug Strategic Member Annual Participation Fees

Strategic members are required to execute the Sparkplug Participation Agreement.

Strategic members are required to commit to three (3) years of membership.

Corporate Revenue Annual Fees
Annual Corporate Revenues greater than $1 billion $20,000
Annual Corporate Revenues greater than $500 million but less than or equal to $1 billion $15,000
Annual Corporate Revenues greater than $100 million but less than or equal to $500 million $10,000
Annual Corporate Revenues greater than $10 million but less than or equal to $100 million $5,000
Annual Corporate Revenues less than or equal to $10 million $1,500

Sparkplug Participant Member Annual Participation Fees

Participant members are required to execute the Sparkplug Participation Agreement.

Corporate Revenue Annual Fees
Annual Corporate Revenues greater than $1 billion $10,000
Annual Corporate Revenues less than or equal to $1 billion but greater than $10 million $5,000
Annual Corporate Revenues less than or equal to $10 million $500

Sparkplug Guest Member Annual Participation Fees

Guest members pay no annual fees, but are required to execute the Sparkplug Participation Agreement.


Charter Version History

  • v1.0 created Nov 27, 2018.
  • v2.0 created Dec 5, 2018
  • v2.1 created Dec 14, 2018
  • v2.2 created Feb 13, 2019

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