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.

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.

Learn how New Connext DDS Scales Intelligent Systems to the Internet of Things

Originally presented on February 27, 2014.

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Be the first to learn about the latest from RTI. We will be announcing the newest update in our data distribution infrastructure product line: Connext™ DDS v5.1. This new release speeds the development and integration of large-scale intelligent systems for the Internet of Things.

Whether you are in defense, medical, energy, avionics, unmanned systems, air-traffic control, automotive or financial trading, this webinar will provide applicable information on the major new innovations in Connext DDS v5.1. It will illustrate how you can leverage these features to build smarter and larger real-time, intelligent and cyber-physical systems.

Speakers

Jan Van Bruaene, Vice President of Engineering

Jan joined RTI in 2006 and has over 17 years of experience in technical and customer-facing leadership roles at companies such as Sun Microsystems and VLSI Technology. He has led professional services, support, and engineering organizations and has experience in middleware, grid application and infrastructure software, operating system design and device driver and network chip development.

Jan came to RTI as a senior application engineer and was responsible for developing a new support organization which achieved a record-setting 98 percent customer satisfaction rate. Jan most recently led a team of application services engineers delivering system design and custom implementations using RTI Connext technology and middleware.

Jan graduated with a MS equivalent degree in Electronics, Digital Communications (Summa Cum Laude) from KIHK in Geel, Belgium.

David Barnett, Vice President of Products and Markets

David has over 25 years of experience in the real-time software industry and an extensive background in product management and marketing. Most recently, he managed product marketing at Green Hills Software, a leading supplier of real-time operating systems. Prior to Green Hills, David was vice president of marketing for real-time middleware provider Highlander Engineering, where he played a key role in the company's Series A funding, growth into a market leadership position, and eventual acquisition by Borland Software Corporation. Barnett has also held senior product management and marketing positions at Mentor Graphics Corporation's Embedded Software Division and Wind River Systems. He began his career as software engineer and manager at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he was responsible for the implementation of several distributed real-time applications.

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

Connected Medical Devices in the Internet of Things

Originally presented on February 13, 2014.

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The next wave of the Internet will connect machines and devices together into functioning, intelligent systems. This "Internet of Things" (IoT) will change every industry, every job, and every home. How will it impact medicine? When?

This webinar will reveal how the Internet of Things is changing medicine today by examining real applications of advanced networking technology. The applications include from 911 dispatch, EMS transport, imaging, surgery, ICU interoperability, patient safety, hospital integration, and treatment. We will discuss critical needs: finding the right data, delivering high-fidelity waveforms, integrating large hospital systems, ensuring EMR accuracy, and guarding sensitive information.

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.

Dissecting the Internet of Things

Originally presented on January 30, 2014.

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The Internet of Things is a general term used to describe billions of interconnected devices providing data and processing information. Starting with the big picture is daunting and makes deriving requirements for connectivity, communications, management, and security difficult. The IoT open access and applications philosophy requires proper authentication mechanisms in conjunction with a secure software baseline that minimizes security holes and can isolate accidental or malicious failures.

Join us as we discuss a specific "Internet of Things" deployment for a market application and identify requirements, and implementations for interconnection, security, and use cases for efficient and secure utilization within the IoT world.

Sponsors: Echelon, LynuxWorks, Mentor Graphics, RTI

Is Your Power Utility Smart Enough to Survive Another Decade?

Originally presented on December 12, 2013.

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Power utilities worldwide are looking for ways to extend the life of in-field assets while also improving service levels to power subscribers. Existing energy infrastructure deployed across our nation is largely composed of assets with extremely limited communication capabilities based on SCADA protocols, such as DNP3. By the end of 2024, over $7 trillion of infrastructure upgrades will be required.  These challenges can be addressed with smarter distribution grids that control and monitor assets down to the level of neighborhoods and individual homes. These smart grids incorporate military-grade securable protocols and hardened architectures. They use hygiene services and bi-directional conversion to Data Distribution Service (DDS) software for all internal and intra-network signalling. And they source intelligence in nodes with continued secure communications to existing operational management systems. The result is distributed management, distributed intelligence and distributed security for high resolution analysis, implementation of evolving policy controls and reasonable price to performance ratio (IRR).

This webinar, co-hosted by RTI and LocalGrid, will discuss the evolution and benefits of smart grids, as well as advancements such as: 

  • Localized control rather than centralized protocol hygiene (energy firewalls)
  • Analytics and policy control rather than just security
  • Over the air DDS-assisted updates to change duty cycle and capabilities, and reduce service costs
  • Mesh-/fabric-based network topologies for self-healing, fault-tolerant networks (multi-master topologies)
  • Verification of DR compliance using DDS

Speakers:

David Barnett, Vice President of Products and Markets, RTI

David has over 25 years of experience in the real-time software industry and an extensive background in product management and marketing. Most recently, he managed product marketing at Green Hills Software, a leading supplier of real-time operating systems. Prior to Green Hills, David was vice president of marketing for real-time middleware provider Highlander Engineering, where he played a key role in the company's Series A funding, growth into a market leadership position, and eventual acquisition by Borland Software Corporation. Barnett has also held senior product management and marketing positions at Mentor Graphics Corporation's Embedded Software Division and Wind River Systems. He began his career as software engineer and manager at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he was responsible for the implementation of several distributed real-time applications.

LocalGrid

Enabling Open Architectures in Rugged ISR Applications

Originally presented on December 04, 2013.

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Even though the U.S. Department of Defense budget is shrinking and the country's military footprint worldwide is receding the need for the warfighter to have accurate and actionable intelligence has never been more critical. Data from Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems such as radar, image processing payloads on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, and more will be used and fused together to provide commanders with real-time situational awareness. Each system will also need to embrace open architectures and the latest commercial standards to meet the DoD's performance, size, and cost requirements. This e-cast will discuss how embedded defense suppliers are meeting these challenges.

Sponsors: Pentek, TE Connectivity, RTI

Elastic Software Infrastructure to Support the Industrial Internet

Originally presented on October 23, 2013.

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The Industrial Internet is an emerging communication infrastructure that connects people, data, and machines to enable access and control of mechanical devices in unprecedented ways. It connects machines embedded with sensors and sophisticated software to other machines (and end users) to extract data, make sense of it, and find meaning where it did not exist before. Machines—from jet engines to gas turbines to medical scanners—connected via the Industrial Internet have the analytical intelligence to self-diagnose and self-correct, so they can deliver the right information to the right people at the right time (and in real-time).

Despite the promise of the Industrial Internet, however, supporting the end-to-end quality-of-service (QoS) requirements is hard. This talk will discuss a number of technical issues emerging in this context, including:

  • Precise auto-scaling of resources with a system-wide focus.
  • Flexible optimization algorithms to balance real-time constraints with cost and other goals.
  • Improved fault-tolerance fail-over to support real-time requirements.
  • Data provisioning and load balancing algorithms that rely on physical properties of computations.

It will also explore how the OMG Data Distribution Service (DDS) provides key building blocks needed to create a dependable and elastic software infrastructure for the Industrial Internet.

Speaker:

Dr. Douglas C. Schmidt is a Professor of Computer Science at Vanderbilt University. From 2000 to 2003 Dr. Schmidt served as a Deputy Office Director and a Program Manager at DARPA, where he led the national research and development effort on middleware for distributed real-time and embedded (DRE) systems. Dr. Schmidt has published 10 books and more than 500 technical papers. His publications cover a wide range of software-related topics, including patterns, optimization techniques, and empirical analyses of object-oriented frameworks and domain-specific modeling environments that facilitate the development of DRE middleware and mission-critical applications running over data networks and embedded system interconnects.