Category Archives: Safety Critical

Software standards and the NHS

Last week I attended an open debate at the British Computer Society (BCS) in London, which was a discussion on Personalised Health & Care 2020 (PH&C 2020). This is a “framework for action” produced by the NHS National Information Board. … Continue reading

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The Rise of Predictive Maintenance

Predictive Maintenance (PdM) has been around for some time, but it is far from universal.  It is sometimes referred to as condition-based maintenance, or CBM. Before the concept of PdM started to be developed, the norm was planned maintenance.

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Germany’s Energy Policy Shift Signals a Business Opportunity

According to MoneyWeek, Angela Merkel’s somewhat surprising volte face on nuclear energy creates an opportunity for investors.  Approximately 22% of Germany’s energy requirements were met by old and new nuclear reactors, making them the second largest contributors after coal-fired stations. 

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Technology Crossovers

In the current climate, tech companies have to be alert to opportunities for cross-sector re-use.

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Software V&V for EarthCARE

Critical Software Technologies has secured a contract to be the principal independent software tester for the EarthCARE (Earth Clouds, Aerosols and Radiation Explorer) mission, a joint European-Japanese space project which is due for launch in 2013.

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A380 Blow-up: Why Doesn’t This Happen More Often?

Air travel is as safe as houses. Really. But airliners are incredibly sophisticated feats of advanced engineering, so why don’t they go wrong more often?

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Shutting the stable door BEFORE the horse bolts

Every few weeks, we see a story in the press that highlights the incongruity of saving money by skimping on safety

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Deepwater Horizon – Software Failures?

Could software failures have played a part in the Deepwater Horizon disaster?

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