How to Meet Integration, Safety and Security Challenges in Autonomous Systems

Changes in the way we travel and the way merchandise is delivered are well underway as we are already becoming accustomed to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and drones. Millions of drones were shipped in 2017 and there are now more than 770,000 registered drones in the US. (Registration is required for any drone over .55lbs.) UAVs have an increasingly dominant role beyond military applications. Self-driving cars are just around the corner but it doesn’t stop there. The flying car is no longer science fiction-- The aerospace company Vahana has already made its first flight of a single-person, vertical take-off and landing aircraft. A society where there is no need for drivers licenses and where subscriptions to transportation services replace personal vehicles is within reach.

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When is Open Source the Right Solution?

The Object Management Group (OMG) Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard is what is called an "open standard." This means that the standard is publicly available and provides a normative reference to help guarantee consistency, portability and interoperability. An open standard is not the same thing as software that is "open source." Open source software is computer software made available with its source code. Open source software may be shared and modified and distributed, usually under an open source license. The DDS Standard is an open standard and has open source implementations available. For example, OpenDDS is an open source implementation of DDS managed by OCI (Object Computing Inc.).  There are many commercial distributions that are available as well, the most popular being RTI's Connext® DDS.

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Your Holiday (IIoT) Movie Playlist: Our Top 5 On-Demand Webinars

Believe it or not, 2018 is approaching in less than a month! Which means it's time to reflect on our past efforts, wins and what's next. In 2017 we delivered a series of webinars on the most prominent breakthroughs for the IIoT and RTI community. So, what better way to start the new year than to revisit our top webinars, as selected by your peers.

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Why You Should Switch to Connext DDS Secure

“Security should be built in, not bolted on.” True. You’ve heard it. I’ve heard it too. In fact, with the IIoT quickly becoming a reality, this phrase is being repeated so many times that I’m worried about it becoming a cliche that creates a sense of urgency without real potency. But why is security often bolted on to begin with? Will understanding the reasons help us avoid it? I hope so. There are many reasons, ranging from economic ones to regulatory, educational, and technical ones, which I cannot get into in this blog post in detail (see the IISF for additional details).

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Connext DDS 5.3 is Now Available to Help You Architect Your IIoT Systems!

On behalf of everyone at RTI, I am proud to announce the general availability of Connext DDS 5.3: the first connectivity software for architecting Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) systems of systems!

In this release of Connext DDS, we are launching several features designed to help our customers build secure and scalable systems reflective of the layered-databus architecture using the Connext Databus. Let’s tour these features and apply them to the layered-databus architecture as well as to actual industries implementing these architectural patterns using our technology.

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Summer 2017's Top IIoT Books, Videos, Podcasts and More!

It’s summer time – time to travel, hang out with friends and unwind. If you’re looking for summer reading/listening ideas and interested in the IIoT, we’ve compiled the ultimate list for you. RTI has a great mix of content that covers the hottest topics in the industry, such as the fundamentals of the IIoT, the challenges of securing systems, how to address communication requirements and more. Check out the top IIoT content your peers are loving so far in 2017!

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