The tragic derailing of an Amtrak train near Philadelphia points out just one of the challenges facing the modern railroad industry — safety. The industry also must contend with rising energy costs, fast growth of capacity requirements in emerging markets, increasing certification costs and interoperability requirements. Continue reading
With the increase of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, or drones) in the skies, the rapid rise of robotics, and the development of embedded technologies and autonomous smart systems for the Internet of Things, small teams of engineers face bigger and bigger challenges. While it was once enough to be an expert in a single type of physics, these complex, interacting systems require modern engineers to have more knowledge of multiphysics, model-based systems engineering and embedded software than their predecessors.
Take five minutes and think about what you did today and you’ll see that embedded systems are everywhere. Let me show you what I mean.
You woke up, turned on your coffee machine, and got ready for work. Then maybe you took your car, the metro, the train or possibly the plane. Arrived at the office. Now you are using your computer, whose energy comes from maybe nuclear, solar or hydraulic resources. You are sitting on your chair in front of your desk, both transported to your country by ship. And if you look up through the window, for sure there is one satellite screening your area at the moment. Do you know that all these devices, from your coffee machine, to your car, the electrical plants and satellites, function thanks to the embedded code that defines their actions? Continue reading