Today's cars, aircrafts, intelligent buildings and home cinema systems all rely on embedded systems for vital functions. Advanced solutions actually are networks of embedded systems, mostly including devices from several different manufacturers.
For this type of environment, the European Hydra project develops a "Networked Embedded System Middleware for Heterogeneous Physical Devices", which will help manufacturers and system integrators in building devices that can be networked easily and work together in cost-effective and flexible solutions. The Fraunhofer Institute FIT is the coordinator of the Hydra project.
Researchers from FIT, the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology, and from the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology SIT demonstrated Hydra at the ICT Mobile Summit in Stockholm. The demo of the Hydra middleware, which has context awareness and security among its main features, used as its scenario a sensor-equipped building that sends short messages to inform about an attempted intrusion or a technical defect.
Visualizing flexibility and functionality in a way that impressed the ICT Mobile Summit jury, the Hydra middleware networked the Lego Mindstorm technology of a model building, a Sony Playstation for management tasks and an oversized fully-functional model of a mobile phone. The demo included a situation where a sensor detects water in the house and alerts the inhabitants by sending a message to their mobile phone. In the next step, an order for an emergency repair is sent to a service company, including a limited-validity electronic key to the building.
"A main issue in the Hydra project is networking a broad range of heterogeneous devices", Dr. Markus Eisenhauer from Fraunhofer FIT, the project's coordinator, explained. "The middleware makes it easy for developers to integrate additional devices and sensors into a distributed infrastructure. And it helps them take care of privacy and security requirements."
Typical application fields for the Hydra middleware include hospitals, airports and large-scale production facilities. Here, security and privacy have long been major issues. Hence, the concepts for minimizing information exchange and the mechanisms for secure communication, which were developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology SIT, are significant features of the Hydra middleware.
Alex Deeg | Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
ESJET printing technology for large area active devices awarded
11.04.2019 | Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Polymerforschung IAP
Pushing digital process optimization
02.04.2019 | Technische Universität Chemnitz
A stellar flare 10 times more powerful than anything seen on our sun has burst from an ultracool star almost the same size as Jupiter
A localization phenomenon boosts the accuracy of solving quantum many-body problems with quantum computers which are otherwise challenging for conventional computers. This brings such digital quantum simulation within reach on quantum devices available today.
Quantum computers promise to solve certain computational problems exponentially faster than any classical machine. “A particularly promising application is the...
The technology could revolutionize how information travels through data centers and artificial intelligence networks
Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley have built a new photonic switch that can control the direction of light passing through optical fibers...
Physicists observe how electron-hole pairs drift apart at ultrafast speed, but still remain strongly bound.
Modern electronics relies on ultrafast charge motion on ever shorter length scales. Physicists from Regensburg and Gothenburg have now succeeded in resolving a...
Engineers create novel optical devices, including a moth eye-inspired omnidirectional microwave antenna
A team of engineers at Tufts University has developed a series of 3D printed metamaterials with unique microwave or optical properties that go beyond what is...
17.04.2019 | Event News
15.04.2019 | Event News
09.04.2019 | Event News
18.04.2019 | Life Sciences
18.04.2019 | Physics and Astronomy
18.04.2019 | Life Sciences