De-risking Software Safety Certification: How to lead your organization to certification success

Virtual Conference sponsored by BlackBerry QNX

Thursday, November 19, 2020

11:00 AM (ET)

What you'll learn:

10 Truths About Building Safe Embedded Software

When it comes to developing safety-critical systems like industrial equipment, automotive systems and medical devices, avoiding certification is no longer an option, nor is it easy.  Just a decade ago 75 percent of companies embarking on certifying software against a safety standard, failed. As each certification project requires an immense investment of resources and engineering time, failure is expensive. Although the percentage of failed attempts has decreased, it’s not because projects are being better managed — it’s because once organizations see the number of obstacles on the road to certification, they simply decide not to start.

Overcoming the odds against successful safety certification requires business leaders to drive a company-wide safety culture, and for development teams to adopt new processes as new safety standards become goal-based. In this one-hour virtual conference, Chris Hobbs, renowned author and functional safety expert will share practical advice for R&D leaders he’s gained from years of first-hand experience working on safety projects.

Learn how to set your teams up for success when pursuing safety-certification standards such as ISO 26262, UL 4600 and IEC 61508, how to develop “sufficiently-dependable” software that meets availability and reliability needs with minimum development effort and why functional safety is so important to staying competitive.

Join this virtual conference and discover ways to de-risk your next certification project through:

  • Building a company-wide safety culture
  • Adapting development processes as standards move from being prescriptive to goal-based
  • Understanding when and how to engage a certification body
  • Creating a safety case to reduce project risk


Chris Hobbs is the author of the definitive book on functional safety, Embedded Software Development for Safety-Critical Systems, and as a kernel developer and functional safety course instructor at BlackBerry QNX, he has advised some of the largest industrial control

Moderator for the live interactive Q&A session : Greg Orloff, CBDO, IIoT World