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Choosing an OS for Embedded Train Control Systems

October 2012
9 pages
Choosing an OS for Embedded Train Control Systems

Trains are no longer run by men in overalls with lantern signals. They are controlled by software in embedded systems. In this whitepaper we look at some requirements of this software and discuss OS characteristics that support these requirements, in particular where real-time performance is needed and why, the importance of the OS for certifications to standards such as the EN 5012x series and IEC 61508, the OS architecture, and some OS features that support system dependability.


A tradition of safety — Standards, dependability and isolation — Architectures — Key RTOS characteristics — Conclusion [+]

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Grant Courville

Grant Courville

As director of product management, Grant Courville is responsible for directing QNX Software Systems’ worldwide product strategy across a broad range of markets, including automotive, industrial, M2M, and medical. His 25 years of experience in the embedded industry includes 20 years with QNX in a wide range of roles in software development, engineering management, application engineering, sales and services.

Grant’s QNX experience is complemented by prior leadership positions in marketing with Curtiss-Wright Controls and Tilcon Software. He is a graduate of St. Lawrence College in Microcomputer Engineering Technology, and has extensive MBA-level training in marketing, finance, and management.

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