Virtual Open Systems Product Certificate
ISO 26262:2011 Certification
In mixed-criticality domains, the term functional safety has become a topic of high importance. Indeed, functional safety generally means that malfunctions of the operating system, which contains mission-critical tasks, that lead to any kind of threat or even accident have to be avoided or mitigated. Therefore, it is fundamental in the field of functional safety to identify and understand potential risks and failure causes of a system. If ideally all potential failure causes are known and the consequences understood it is possible to define countermeasures. Thus, failures are detected before a hazardous event occurs and the safe state is initiated with the needed of functional safety reaction.
In this context, many functional safety standards have been established to define the main requirements to fulfill during the development of critical systems in order to ensure a high level of reliability in the critical systems. The main functional safety standard is the IEC/EN 61508 that defines the basis for functional safety developments for E/E/EP (electronics, electronic or programmable electronic) applications. In addition, the IEC/EN 61508 is expanded by additional industry sector specific standards, such as the ISO 26262 Road vehicles Functional Safety which has been specially defined for the automotive domain.
Indeed, the automotive industry is rapidly evolving towards the connected autonomous vehicle which will considerably increase the hardware/software complexity, while functional safety will be a topic of high importance since critical features will be controlled by electronics components (e.g., autonomous driving, etc.). Thus, the ISO 26262 defines a functional safety lifecycle for each automotive product development phase, ranging from the hazard analysis and risk assessment to design, implementation, integration, verification, validation and production release.
VOSySmonitor - ISO 26262 ASIL C certification
Virtual Open Systems sells VOSySmonitor, an hypervisor based on ARM TrustZone that enables the consolidation of mixed-critical Operating Systems (e.g., Linux-KVM along with a RTOS) on a single ARM-based platform with special attention to safety and security. This software technology is certified as a Safety Element out of Context (SEooC) in compliance with the ASIL-C requirements of the ISO 26262 standard and it ensures freedom from interferences for the safety critical partition.
In this context, Virtual Open Systems applies a strict V-Cycle compliant with the ISO 26262 standard for the development of VOSySmonitor in order to identify the potential hazards and safety requirements as well as to specify, implement and test the corresponding countermeasures that aim to prevent/mitigate failures. All of these steps are documented in the VOSySmonitor safety package that aims our customers to speed-up the integration and the certification process of a final product where VOSySmonitor is included.
As an use case example, VOSySmonitor is a perfect solution to support a modern generation of car virtual cockpit where the In-Vehicle Infotainment (IVI) system and the Instrument Digital Cluster are consolidated and interact each other upon a single hardware platform; in fact, traditional gauges and lamps are replaced by digital screens offering opportunities for new functions and interactivity. Vehicle information, entertainment, navigation, camera/video and device connectivity are being combined into displays. However, such heterogeneous information have different level of criticality and the consolidation of these mixed-critical applications represent a real challenge that must respect stringent requirements of the ISO 26262 functional safety standard.
VOSySmonitor in automotive - V-Cycle ISO 26262 Road vehicles Functional Safety
In cases where VOSySmonitor is used in other domains than the automotive, the applying certification process is facilitated as the product is already certified for ISO 26262. For instance, for a medical use-case requiring an IEC 60601 certification or for a railway use-case requiring an EN 50128 certification, and as well for other industrial use cases, a gap analysis can be performed by a certification company, thus avoiding a certification process from scratch.
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