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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:
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
|Strategic Member||Participant Member||Guest Member|
|Member of the Steering Committee||Appointed||Elected||N/A|
This Eclipse Sparkplug working group is designed as:
In order to implement these principles, the Steering Committee has been defined (also referred to as the "Body" below) as described below:
Steering Committee members are required to:
The Steering Committee meets at least twice a year.
Specification Committee members are required to:
The Specification Committee meets at least once per quarter.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
No Body meeting will be deemed to have been validly held unless a notice of same has been provided to each of the representatives 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.
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.
The Body may invite any member to any of its meetings. These invited attendees have no right of vote.
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.
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|
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|
Guest members pay no annual fees, but are required to execute the Sparkplug Participation Agreement.
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