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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AUTOSAR Adaptive Platform 18.03: Now with DDS!

On Monday, April 23, the latest AUTOSAR Adaptive Platform specification, release 18.03, was published on the AUTOSAR website. What makes this one special? For the first time, the AUTOSAR specification includes a binding to the OMG Data Distribution Service (DDS) standard, which opens up the Adaptive Platform to a whole new level of integration. Although this isn’t a complete binding yet, it is the first step to include DDS. You can find the new specifications on their website in these Adaptive Foundation documents:

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Announcing the OPC UA/DDS Gateway Standard

One of the most important challenges that system designers and system integrators face when deploying complex Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) systems is the integration of different connectivity solutions and standards.

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Connecting the Pieces: Integrating FACE-Conformant Portable Component with a Simulation Environment

It all started a few years ago when the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) Integration Workshop Standing Committee released the Basic Avionics Lightweight Source Archetype (BALSA) example of a FACE Reference Implementation Architecture. BALSA is a software application containing Units of Conformance (UoCs) aligned to the FACE Technical Standard. Its purpose is to provide a working example to potential FACE Software Suppliers and FACE Software Integrators. It is also used as a teaching mechanism of how Units of Portability (UoPs), UoCs and FACE Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) can be realized on a potential system.

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Frameworks and Transports: Choosing the Best IIoT Connectivity Solution

Building out a distributed system infrastructure in today’s emerging Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) landscape can be a daunting task, to say the least. If you are a developer or system architect, you know that there are many tools and protocols available to use to move data around in your distributed application. Not to mention the possibility of building out your own custom solution directly on TCP or UDP sockets. Wouldn’t it be great if a lot of the work that needed to be done before you could make a decision on your next infrastructure was already done for you?

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HIMSS18: Improving Healthcare is NOT a Technology Problem

"Better health through information and technology"– that is the motto of global healthcare IT organization HIMSS. This week I had the opportunity to attend HIMSS18, the organization’s global conference in Las Vegas. A gathering of over 40,000 healthcare technology professionals in one location, united by one concept, was truly inspiring. The show created a call to action for us as attendees to do our part in solving some of healthcare’s biggest challenges. And make no mistake, there are significant challenges. Each year these challenges are reflected as consistent themes throughout the event, communicated by participating vendors, in presentations, in keynote speeches and in casual conversations.

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