Webinars & Webcasts

This collection of free RTI presentations explains, discusses and demonstrates the value of RTI Connext DDS for data distribution and integration of complex and demanding applications for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Each hour-long live webinar gives the audience time to ask questions of the presenters.

Webcast replays and slides are available on demand.

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Standards for Autonomous and Secure Microgrids

March 19, 2015
11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT

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The U.S. power grid is changing. Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) require responsive, distributed control at the edge of the grid. DERs create new challenges in scalability and reliability, while increasing the network footprint exposed to cyber threats.

Join us at this live event to learn about emerging microgrid interoperability standards. These standards accelerate software and device development while reducing integration costs for utilities.

Stuart Laval, Manager of Technology Development at Duke Energy, one of the largest electric utilities in the U.S., will review Duke Energy's lessons learned on interoperability and introduce its Distributed Intelligence Platform reference architecture and the Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB) framework. He will also explain how these relate to other traditional standards including DNP3, IEC 61850, and Modbus.

David Barnett, vice president of products and markets at RTI, will introduce the Data Distribution Service (DDS) interoperability standard. DDS is a core component of Duke Energy's reference architecture platform because of its unique ability to support demanding performance and security requirements.

Speakers:

Stuart Laval, Manager of Technology Development, Duke Energy

David Barnett, Vice President of Products and Markets, RTI 

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Interoperability and the Internet of Things – To standardize or not to standardize?

March 12, 2015
2 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT

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The Internet of Things (IoT) encompasses a range of technology verticals, from consumer electronics and connected cars to industrial controls and the smart grid. However, while this immense diversity has created a market opportunity valued as high as $14.4 trillion, it has also generated significant interoperability issues stemming from a vast amount of available communications protocols. As a result, multiple consortia have coalesced to develop standardized connectivity frameworks that will advance the IoT. Join us as networking experts from these organizations consider the current connectivity landscape and define approaches that enable ubiquitous connectivity for the IoT.

Sponsors: PrismTech, RTI, ThingWorx

RTI Speaker: Stan Schneider, CEO of RTI and member of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) Steering Committee.

Stan is a recognized expert in the development and integration of distributed real-time systems. Stan founded RTI to develop productivity tools for the real-time marketplace. Under his guidance, RTI has grown from inception to a multinational business with offices throughout North America and Europe.

How to Build the Connectivity Architecture for the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT)

Originally presented on February 25, 2015.

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Have you struggled to effectively apply conventional connectivity solutions to your Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) application? Do you re-invent the wheel every time you deal with managing multiple independent states as you add new applications? Do you have to create your own custom application level protocols? Will your connectivity solution be flexible enough to accommodate future requirements, data types and staffing changes?

The Industrial IoT introduces new requirements for the velocity, variety and volume of information exchange. Connectivity must be real-time, secure and work over mobile, disconnected and intermittent links. It must efficiently scale to handle any number of things, each of which has diverse information exchange requirements, such as streaming updates, state replication, alarms, configuration settings, initialization and commanded intents. This is all in addition to requirements commonly handled by conventional connectivity solutions designed for static networks.

This webinar will describe the core connectivity architecture model for the Industrial IoT and show how the Data Distribution Service (DDS) messaging standard can address its unique requirements. Concepts will be illustrated using a scalable Industrial IoT application architecture that shares real-time data between mobile devices and the cloud and provides access via thin clients (web browser). We will also identify the best way to use websockets, a popular messaging technology, in the architecture.

Speaker: Rajive Joshi, Ph.D. Principal Solution Architect at RTI.

Dr. Joshi serves as a technology consultant to customers building high performance distributed systems. His technical expertise spans distributed real-time systems, embedded systems, robotics, evolutionary computing, and sensor fusion. He has 20+ years of experience in software architecture, design, and implementation of distributed real-time systems and middleware. He is a co-inventor of eight patents, and has co-authored 30+ publications, including the book, "Multisensor Fusion: A Minimal Representation Framework," and a chapter in the book "Differential Evolution: A Practical Approach to Global Optimization." He won the best paper award at the Multisensor Fusion and Integration Conference, and received the "Charles M. Close Best Doctoral Thesis" prize for his doctoral work. His project on distributed robotics tele-operation was featured on CNN television.

Dr. Joshi holds a Doctorate and Masters in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur. He is a member of the IEEE, ACM, and AIAA.

Panel Discussion – Exploring IoT: Silicon, Software, Security, and Sensors

Originally presented on February 23, 2015.

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The Internet of Things is a broad-reaching concept traversing virtually every market segment. The IoT space has created a market opportunity valued as high as $14.4 trillion by analysts. IoT implies that devices with information become "smart" by adding connectivity and a means to provide or consume information to and/or from other external systems. The silicon and sensor components play a big role in the capabilities and cost of the IoT device. Software that incorporates connectivity to enable "smart" is required. And once a device is "smart," non-trivial security issues need to be addressed. Join us as a diverse panel of experts discuss IoT applications and dissect what puts the "smart" in IoT devices.

Sponsors: Eurotech, Flexera, McAfee, RTI, ThingWorx

RTI Speaker: Stan Schneider, CEO of RTI and member of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) Steering Committee.

Stan is a recognized expert in the development and integration of distributed real-time systems. Stan founded RTI to develop productivity tools for the real-time marketplace. Under his guidance, RTI has grown from inception to a multinational business with offices throughout North America and Europe.

Two Approaches You Must Consider when Architecting Radar Systems

Originally presented on January 28, 2015.

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Modern radar systems must keep up with a rapidly changing threat environment, readily adapt to new technologies and be developed with smaller budgets. How do you architect your future radar systems to meet these challenging requirements? Two different approaches allow new capabilities to be integrated as needed into a scalable, open system:

  1. Integrate multiple functions – search, tracking, fire control, jamming and other capabilities – into a single standards-based radar system. The open system architecture provides a plug-and-play platform that enables the use of devices and subsystems from multiple vendors. It also reduces redundancy by sharing common processing tasks across systems.
  2. Network simple sensors and systems together – The linked platforms share data in real time using open standards. It also enables operational capabilities that standalone systems lack.

In this webinar, learn how standards-based communications technologies can be used to architect your future radar systems. See how proven examples of open architectures in radar and combat systems for organizations such as the US Navy have improved flexibility and reduced risk and life cycle costs.

Speaker: Mark Swick, Principal Applications Engineer

Mark Swick has over 30 years experience with distributed real-time systems, having worked critical programs for the US Army, Navy, Air Force, and NASA as a prime contractor, government support contractor and vendor; as well as commercial systems. Mark has experience with all phases of system life-cycle operations and has helped author open system standards for the US Navy. Mark has been involved with the development and deployment of numerous military and commercial radar and sonar architectures.

Four Keys to Securing Distributed Control Systems and the Industrial IoT

Originally presented on November 13, 2014.

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Control systems are at the core of critical infrastructure and industrial applications. These include the power grid, medical devices, manufacturing systems, transportation infrastructure, cars and defense systems.

Because of their essential role and the value of the information they exchange, these systems must be protected from both espionage and sabotage. This is becoming even more imperative as the enabling devices are increasingly connected into the Industrial Internet of Things to improve efficiency and availability.

Securing control systems is particularly challenging because security cannot come at the expense of other fundamental requirements, including reliability, real-time performance, autonomy and interoperability.

This webinar will introduce the new Data Distribution Service (DDS) Security standard, the first standard designed to address security for mission-critical real-time systems. It will review how the DDS standard provides authentication, confidentiality and access control while still satisfying demanding reliability and performance requirements. It will also show how DDS Security can be easily incorporated into existing systems regardless of whether or not they already use DDS.

Speaker: David Barnett, Vice President of Products and Markets

David has over 25 years of experience in distributed, real-time and embedded systems. He joined RTI in 2005 and is responsible for the company's product roadmap, product marketing and market development. Prior to RTI, he was vice president of marketing at a real-time middleware startup that was acquired by Borland Software Corporation. He was also director of product marketing at Green Hills Software and Mentor Graphics and a senior product marketing manager at Wind River Systems. David began his career as a software engineering lead at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where he was responsible for the design and implementation of several distributed real-time applications.

David has BA in Computer Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Internet of Things (IoT) Costs, Connectivity, Resources and Software

Originally presented on November 11, 2014.

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Embedded systems are becoming interconnected and accessible via the internet. Gartner Group estimates there will be nearly 26 billion devices that make up the Internet of Things by 2020. This results in a massive variety of connected devices with varying security, reliability, and authentication requirements. Cost sensitivity also figures into the equation. This mix of requirements and costs require IoT developers to identify sensor, processor, and software solutions that address the requirements and hit required price points. Join us as IoT solution experts discuss sensors, connectivity, processors, platforms, and software for IoT applications and overview applications of IoT in various markets. 

Sponsors: Mentor Graphics, RTI

Five Ways the Industrial Internet will Change the Oil and Gas Industry

Originally presented on October 16, 2014.

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Unconventional resources challenge the oil industry. Exploration and development of new sources of oil and gas require new sensors, analytics and processes. These systems need some way to better connect, monitor, control and automate processes. Current technology just can't deliver quick, reliable, field-to-cloud system integration and robust operation, especially across large field installations.

The Industrial Internet of Things is the biggest change in industrial technology in decades. Huge companies are transforming their infrastructures to take advantage of the Industrial Internet's open, high-bandwidth protocols and low-cost, intelligent networks. Just this year, GE, Cisco, Intel, AT&T, IBM and 80 other companies recognized the importance of this transformation. They formed the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) to speed the use of internet technologies in industrial applications.

Find out why new networking standards are more than just protocols; they are system-building technologies that greatly ease field operations. See how companies like GE, Siemens, Joy Mining and Schneider Automation are using Industrial Internet technologies to re-vamp their product lines and field operations. Oil and gas applications are already being fielded with open standards and low-cost smart nodes.

Speaker: Stan Schneider is the CEO of Real-Time Innovations (RTI), and a member of the IIC Steering Committee

Why is DDS the Right Communications Standard for the Industrial Internet?

Originally presented on September 25, 2014.

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The exciting potential of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is to create bold new intelligent machines and vast distributed systems. The IIoT will change the world across many industries. These applications define the future: renewable energy, cars that drive themselves, planes that fly themselves, smart medical devices, and connected hospitals.

DDS is the standard designed for the Industrial Internet. RTI's Connext communications platform is the leading DDS implementation, proven on real systems representing the breadth of the IIoT.

This webinar will overview some of RTI's real-world applications in the Industrial Internet. Our 750+ projects include applications in Energy (Siemens Wind Power, Toronto Hydro microgrids), Medical (GE Healthcare, BK Medical ultrasound, Harvard-led device connectivity standard), Automotive (Audi, VW), Industrial (Schneider, Joy), and Transportation (Canadian air traffic control, VW, Audi).

Come see why the DDS standard is the communication standard for the Industrial Internet. Based on our leading product and architectural impact, RTI was recently named the #1 most influential company in the Industrial Internet of Things by Appinions as published in Forbes and Reuters.

Speaker: Stan Schneider, CEO of RTI, and a member of the Industrial Internet Steering Committee along with GE, Cisco, Intel, AT&T, IBM, Accenture, and Fujitsu.

Safety Certification and Unmanned Aircraft

Originally presented on September 09, 2014.

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The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is beginning to open the national airspace unmanned aerial systems (UASs). The UAS commercial market is expected to some day dwarf what is already a multi-billion military marketplace for UAS technology. However, before that happens rules and regulations need to be defined and met to ensure unmanned aircraft can operate safely in the same airspace with passenger jets. Unmanned military platforms to date have not been required to meet safety certification standards such as DO-178B & C, but will need to before they can enter the national airspace unaccompanied. This webcast of industry experts will discuss the challenges with meeting safety standards such as DO-178 B & C in unmanned aircraft and solutions for navigating safety certification effectively.

Sponsors:  Esterel Technologies, IBM, LDRA, RTI

How to Leverage Open Architectures for Existing Systems

Originally presented on August 21, 2014.

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Economic realities dictate that "new" distributed systems are almost never entirely new creations. Existing capabilities which cannot be readily duplicated at minimal cost are often necessary and even critical components of otherwise new systems. How we address achieving interoperability with these legacy systems – whose data and interfaces are often less than completely defined – can be a critical cost and schedule risk item.

Open standards such as the DoD's UAS Control Segment (UCS) Architecure and the Open Group's Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) provide architecture and data design standards which support new development and provide a means of rigorously capturing the data semantics of information in existing interfaces. At the protocol and implementation level, the OMG's Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard provides proven, cost effective design patterns which support the bridging and/or the migration of existing systems with new, open architectures.

Speaker: Mark Swick, Principal Applications Engineer, RTI

Is Your Data Secure?

Originally presented on June 24, 2014.

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Odds are good that your data is extremely important to you. Now consider how one secures that data. Typical approaches address access, authentication, integrity, non-repudiation and confidentiality concerns at the domain and link layers, implicitly securing the data. The challenge and need is to move these security specifications to the data itself, and provide explicit security policies on each element of system-identified data.

Why is this level of finesse needed? As you build out your systems, and systems of systems, how do you manage security when individually element of data, the communication links, and domain boundaries have different behaviors? With this level of complexity and risk, it's critical to have awareness at the level that matters – the data level – so you can make the right design and implementation decisions.

At this webinar, learn how to achieve an assured and predictable security footprint by minimizing the leak of information or exploitation of data through unintended consequences. Secure DDS offers data-centric configuration policies for content and behaviors. Recognizing that security isn't one-size fits all, a standards-based optional plugin SDK allows developers to create custom security plugins.

Connext Secure DDS is the world's first turnkey DDS security solution that conforms to the OMG specification and provides an essential security infrastructure that is data-focused for DDS and legacy systems.

Speaker: Gordon Hunt, Chief Applications Engineer at RTI

Gordon's technical expertise spans embedded systems, distributed real-time systems, robotics, and controls. He is recognized as RTI's Open Architecture expert and principal consultant for distributed system architectures. He routinely provides advanced designs and training to RTI customers and is an active member in the standards communities. Gordon joined RTI in 1999.

He is a Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves and is a qualified Engineering Duty Officer. His Navy involvement has included working for both NAVSEA and SPAWAR commands in a wide variety of robotic hardware and software integration efforts. Currently, Gordon is working with ONR/NRL supporting the ex-USS SHADWELL, a decommissioned United States Navy Landing Ship Dock that serves as the Navy's full-scale damage control research, development, test and evaluation platform.

Gordon holds an MS from Stanford University and a BS from Purdue University in Aerospace Engineering.

Connecting the Internet of Things – One Size Does Not Fit All

Originally presented on June 17, 2014.

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The Internet of Things (IoT) trend promises to connect the smallest of sensors, the broadest range of consumer electronics, to the largest of information delivery systems. As Internet connectivity has pushed its way down the complexity chain the price, performance, and bandwidth requirements for "internet connecting" these devices becomes a critical issue, as has the ever growing attack surface presented by the enormous number of unprotected and/or insecure devices. A common approach to advancing the proliferation of the Internet of Things is required. But the entire spectrum of devices must be considered, including security. Join us as we bring together a spectrum of Internet communications and security specialists as they describe requirements, approaches, and solutions for Internet-enabling a wide variety of embedded devices and systems.

Sponsors: Echelon, RTI, Security Innovation, Silicon Labs

Why is DDS the right technology for the Industrial Internet?

Originally presented on May 15, 2014.

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GE, Cisco, AT&T, Intel and IBM recently established the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) at the Object Management Group (OMG) standards body. OMG is the world's largest system software standards organization, responsible for the UML modeling language and DDS data-centric middleware standards. Attend this webinar and find out how DDS can drive the Industrial Internet. At the OMG, the IIC will focus on standards relevant to the Industrial Internet, the branch of the Internet of Things that enables intelligent distributed machines. The IIC will break down technology silos to improve integration of the physical and digital worlds. RTI, the market-leading DDS vendor, provides the key communications infrastructure that enables smart machines in the Industrial Internet. This webinar will review the technology and examine real-world use cases for RTI DDS in the Industrial Internet across several industries, including medical, energy, aviation and automotive.

Speaker: Dr. Stan Schneider, Chief Executive Officer, RTI

Stan Schneider is a recognized expert in the development and integration of distributed real-time systems. He founded RTI to develop productivity tools for the real-time marketplace. Under his guidance, RTI has grown from inception to a multinational business with offices throughout North America and Europe.

Stan completed his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University. He holds a BS in Applied Mathematics (Summa Cum Laude) and an MS in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Becoming Part of the Car – Who's Driving Now?

Originally presented on May 13, 2014.

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The automotive environment is a challenging mix of entertainment, safety, and reliability. But challenges don't stop with the car itself. Advances in highway infrastructure and sensor technology are enabling a safer, more automated travel while reducing accident risk and driver distractions. In response to these new requirements, auto equipment manufacturers are faced with increasing software complexity and additional dependencies that require more collaboration and iterative improvement analysis. Join us as we discuss the requirements, technology, tools, and delivery models behind driver information, alerts, and driver assistance advancements with industry experts.

Sponsors: CloudOne, Electric Cloud, IBM, RTI

How to cut $2M of your Safety Cert Costs

Originally presented on April 10, 2014.

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The design of modern Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) include many safety-critical components, including processors, operating systems, communication infrastructure, and application software. The integration of UAS in the National Airspace System (NAS) is starting to put more weight on implementation of safety-certification guidelines such as DO-178, making the design of these systems even more demanding.

The OMG Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard is widely adopted for system integration in Aerospace and Defense. Its high level of decoupling between system components, real-time interfaces, and end-to-end support for Quality of Service (QoS) makes DDS well suited for implementation within UAS.

In this webinar, learn how a safety-certifiable implementation of DDS can reduce certification costs of your project by at least $2 million. We will also discuss testability of distributed systems, how to avoid sources of non-determinism, design alternatives to reliable communication, and more. The certification package that makes it all possible will be available soon. As project manager, system architect or software engineer, learn all about it in this webinar first.

Speaker: Dr. Edwin de Jong, Vice President of Sales at RTI

Edwin de Jong brings more than 20 years' experience in the software industry. He is one of the pioneers in the development of large-scale, real-time, publish-subscribe middleware that is now helping to enable the Internet of Things. He previously served as Director of Product Management & Strategy at RTI.

Edwin joined RTI in 2005 following RTI's acquisition of 4TEC, a company he co-founded in 2002 and led as CEO. 4TEC provided products and services for elastic caching. The company's customers included major system integrators, such as Thales and Northrop-Grumman. Prior to leading 4TEC, Edwin worked as an R&D manager at Thales. He was a software consultant for the application of real-time, publish-subscribe middleware in the development of combat-management systems, and co-authored more than 25 published technical articles. His fields of expertise include systems architecture; large-scale, distributed (hard), real-time systems; fault tolerance, networking and communication protocols; real-time in-memory databases; system modeling and analysis; formal specification and analysis; and software engineering systems and tools.

Edwin holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics and Physics from Leiden University, The Netherlands.