FDA Outlines Oversight of Mobile Medical Applications

By Peter MacKay 2011 is turning out to be an evolutionary year for the growing mobile healthcare industry.  In 2007, the iPhone, while not the first handheld applications platform, arguably revolutionized the way modern consumers use telephones.  Around this time healthcare visionaries also foresaw the integration of what I call “user space” with medical enterprises, and a general change in…

When embedded software testing is a life or death issue

By Ido Sarig When I was in high school, there was a popular TV show called “Moral Dilemma” that aired in my native country. It featured a panel of professionals such asdoctors and lawyers who discussed “life or death” issues related to their daily work:  Would you represent and defend a client charged with murder after he confided in you…

Strengthening Security for Connected Medical Devices

By Santhosh Nair Three years ago an article in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that computer hackers could gain wireless access to implanted pacemakers and shut them off, or reprogram defibrillators to deliver fatal jolts of electricity. This generated an avalanche of press worldwide about the hidden risks of medical devices, followed by requisite hand-wringing from politicians and…

Highlights and hot topics from the Medical Devices Summit

By Santhosh Nair There were a lot of great takeaways from the Medical Devices Summit that I attended last week in San Diego.  Wind River solutions architect Pete MacKay gave an excellent presentation about medical devices design, cloud and Android that was very well received and Intel ECG presented on embedded security and isolation/protection in medical device design.  Wind River…

The Dawn of a Paradigm Shift in Embedded Device Software Security

By Marc Brown The number of connected embedded and mobile devices is increasing exponentially, predicted to be in excess of 50 billion by 2020.  The lion’s share of this growth is expected to come from traditional market segments where there is an increasing push to transform sensing equipment to more autonomous embedded control, real-time telemetry, and proactive diagnostics. We all know…

Security is getting more critical every day in embedded software

By Bill Graham A typical security discussion is usually about hackers getting into corporate IT systems or viruses on home desktops. Embedded systems have not always been the target for malicious attacks but times have changed. Embedded devices are more sophisticated and interconnected and in many cases connected to the Internet. This interconnection and Internet awareness has great benefits for…

What else is new in Tilcon Graphics Suite version 5.8?

By Bill Graham Although adding OpenGL 3D support was an important part of the recent Tilcon 5.8 update, there's other things to talk about in the new release. It adds other new capabilities such as increased hardware, driver and target OS support, and image rotation capabilities.This is also the first release of the Tilcon Graphics Suite to include source code…

Tilcon in 3D

By Bill Graham Today we announced our latest release of Wind River Tilcon Graphics Suite, version 5.8. This is an important release for us for many reasons. One is this addition of OpenGL version 2.1 3D graphics to the Tilcon Graphics Suite (specifically for VxWorks runtime platforms). The need for 3D graphics is growing in embedded devices because User Interfaces…

VxWorks: helping clean up radioactive waste

By Bill Graham Our customer, Groupe INTRA (Intervention Robotique sur Accident) in France has developed robotic vehicles for the remote analysis and clean up of radioactive sites. Groupe INTRA is chartered to respond to a nuclear accident within 24hrs for its member organizations. This is a very cool and interesting application of robotics and real-time control to protect operators from…