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Safety Systems on Chip – for the Industry of Tomorrow

At the Audi factory in Neckarsulm, Southern Germany, autonomous vehicles dart around the shop floor. They take care of transporting materials all by themselves and support employees wherever they can. This is only possible thanks to chip-based systems that ensure maximum safety. Where established safety controllers were previously too large, the miniature technology finds its place – in sensors, actuators, and medical devices, for example.

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The Key Factor: Secure Communication in the Rail Industry

As rail transport becomes digitally networked, new issues of security arise – especially regarding data transfer. Communication standards that were previously considered secure will soon be outdated. So, what can be done?

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Video: What Are the Benefits of COTS Controllers?

System integrators and OEMs are getting on board with the global megatrend of commercial off-the-self (COTS) technology. What are the benefits of COTS controllers in the digital age? We asked top decision makers from the rail industry at the HIMA Smart Rail Summit.

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Stricter Requirements: Safety Expertise in the Digital Age

Plants have become much more complex in the past few years, as have legal requirements. How does this affect operators and safety engineers? Are their qualifications still enough? Here we take a look at the situation and offer advice.

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How Do Meltdown and Spectre Affect Safety Systems?

Meltdown and Spectre are security vulnerabilities recently discovered in modern processors. These lapses mean data stored on millions of devices could be stolen by hackers. However, there are safety solutions that are not subject to this and action may not be required.

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Nord Stream 2: How Do You Secure an Underwater Pipeline?

The planned subsea pipeline Nord Stream 2 is highly disputed. In addition to political points of discussion, environmental protection remains at the forefront of the debate. Construction of a 1,200-kilometer pipeline across protection areas in the Baltic Sea could cause enormous damage – as would leaks. Advanced safety measures are of extreme importance.