The partnership between Wind River and Isagraf, announced on SPS/IPC/DRIVES 2011, is taking form. The former RTOS company receives know-how on validated SIL 3 solutions while Isagraf's safety software is being integrated in common products.
Today, control units for industrial automation need to be modular in order to keep cost and integration effort at a reasonable level. Since many of those applications require components (i.e software and hardware) from different vendors, certification and licensing issues arise. Bundles or system platforms may ease those pains.
The smartphone operating system Android is very versatile, but you wouldn’t want it causing havoc in safety critical systems. However, if you can’t do without and no safer alternative like Blackberry OS or iOS around, virtualization can keep your system clean.
Happiness seeps out of Christopher Smith' every pore: Bobbing up and down, the Vice President Marketing at Green Hills Software couldn't stop waving copies of the “prestigious” certifications the company got for its Platform for Industrial Safety. With SWSIL 4 certified against CENELEC EN 50128, the tool provider expanded its safety certification portfolio for its INTEGRITY RTOS (real-time operating system). This Railway Safety Certification targets software for railway control and protection systems. Apart from this, the RTOS has also been certified by the German TÜV Nord SysTec.