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Recorded Webinar: How to Prepare for the Impending Functional Safety Storm

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In the medical, rail, aviation, industrial and vehicle sectors, embedded device failure can lead to human injury or damage to the environment. The international standards that outlined functional safety best practices were first written over 30 years ago and, as technologies and the hardware systems they are built on look nothing like they did even 10 years ago, the approach to justifying safety claims is long overdue for a change.

Verifiers used to rely on testing to ensure systems work as intended and designers used to build physical security to protect systems from hackers - but these approaches are no longer adequate.  The rise of machine learning, autonomous vehicles, connectivity and increasingly nondeterministic systems are reshaping the definitions of and approaches to functional safety.  Architects, designers, and verifiers are standing at the centre of a potential storm of changing safety considerations, with nothing in the current standards to guide them.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to prepare for this impending storm and the future of functional safety with a discussion of:

  • Guaranteeing safety of the intended functionality (SOTIF) in the absence of a fault
  • Balancing security and safety
  • Dynamic safety cases and their affect on the development lifecycle  

Chris Hobbs bio: Software Developer, Certifications


Chris specializes in the design and implementation of embedded, real-time systems for use in safety-critical applications (particularly medical, railway, industrial and automotive). He works on both the safety certification of BlackBerry QNX products against standards such as IEC61508, IEC62304 and ISO26262, and also on providing consultancy to BlackBerry QNX's customers building safety-critical devices. His book "Embedded Software Development for Safety-Critical Systems" was published in 2015.