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Barr Group, The Embedded Systems Experts®, is an independent provider of world-class product design, training, and corporate and legal technical consulting services for the embedded systems industry. Founded by internationally known experts in the design of safe and secure embedded systems, Barr Group is driven by its mission to help companies improve the overall reliability and security of all embedded system-based applications. Applications strengthened as a result of services and resources provided by Barr Group include those in the automotive, medical, defense, industrial controls, consumer electronics, and Internet of Things (IoT) markets. Barr Group has assisted thousands of engineers in the development of safer, more reliable electronic products through its Embedded C Coding StandardTM and continues to push the embedded systems industry forward with the annual release of Barr Group’s Embedded Systems Safety & Security SurveyTM.

From pacemakers to cars, Barr Group helps make the computers inside everything safer and more secure.

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Michael Barr to Present Keynote Presentation at ESC Boston Followed by Special Q&A Session

Join Michael Barr at Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Boston on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 1PM EDT where I will be delivering the keynote presentation, "Embedded Systems Safety & Security:  Dangerous Flaws in Safety-Critical Device Design."  In this talk, I'll cover the safety and security concerns that exist in the IoT landscape.  This includes designing security into connected safety-critical devices to prevent serious attacks, which can be deadly.

Immediately following the keynote presentation, we will be holding a special MEET & GREET with Q&A, where I hope to meet many of you in person. Light refreshments will be served.

Click Here for more information on the keynote presentations at this year's ESC Boston.

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Barr Group’s 2017 Embedded Systems Safety & Security Survey Uncovers Dangerous Flaws in Safety-Critical Device Design

22 Percent of Designers of Potentially Injurious Internet-Connected Products are Paying Zero Attention to Security

GERMANTOWN, Maryland – March 7, 2017 – Barr Group, The Embedded Systems Experts®, has uncovered alarming information about the state of embedded systems design in its 2017 Embedded Systems Safety & Security Survey. This survey revealed that a significant percentage of embedded systems designers of potentially injurious products are failing to place emphasis on the security of their designs – even though they are Internet-connected.

Barr Group's 2017 Embedded Systems Safety & Security Survey Reveals Vulnerabilities in the IoT

60 Percent of IoT Developers Are Not Following Industry Best Practices for Designing Secure IoT Devices

GERMANTOWN, Maryland – February 24, 2017 – Barr Group, The Embedded Systems Experts®, has released preliminary results from its 2017 Embedded Systems Safety & Security Survey highlighting concerning statistics regarding design trends for Internet of Things (IoT) devices. This year’s survey has exposed that many development teams for IoT applications are not following industry best practices for designing safe and secure embedded systems, putting all mobile applications and the entire IoT infrastructure at risk.

“Embedded systems devices serve as a doorway into the Internet,” states Michael Barr, CTO of Barr Group. “There are a number of simple-to-perform, well-known software development best practices, such as version control, code reviews, static analysis, and coding standards, that have been proven to result in safer and more secure embedded systems for all devices – including IoT applications. These techniques are essential to minimizing the risk of tampering or malfunction of any embedded system.”

Barr Group to Host Free Webinar on How to Prioritize RTOS Tasks

Attendees Will Learn Optimal Methods for Meeting Hard and Soft Real-Time Deadlines

GERMANTOWN, Maryland – Dec. 15, 2016 – On January 10, 2017, Barr Group, The Embedded Systems Experts® will host a free one-hour embedded systems design webinar, “How to Prioritize RTOS Tasks (and Why it Matters)”. Presented by Barr Group Principal Engineer Salomon Singer, this live webinar will examine best practices for assigning fixed priorities to a set of real-time operating systems (RTOS) tasks and interrupt service routines (ISRs). The webinar will begin at 1:00 p.m. (EST) with a Q&A session following the presentation.

IEEE and Barr Group Emphasize the Importance of Software Safety at Special Event

Barr Group Presents “Top 10 Ways to Design Safer Embedded Software” to Engineers in Canada

GERMANTOWN, Maryland – On January 26, 2017, IEEE and Barr Group, The Embedded Systems Experts®, will co-host a special presentation of Barr Group’s “Top 10 Ways to Design Safer Embedded Software” in Toronto. In this one-day technical seminar, Barr Group will discuss 10 highly effective embedded software design techniques that can be applied to the development of safer and more reliable embedded systems. The seminar will take place at the University of Toronto’s Best Institute and is open to both IEEE members and non-members.

Barr Group Announces Spring 2017 Embedded Systems Training Calendar

“Boot Camps” on Embedded Software, Security, and Android and Two New Comprehensive Courses Offered

GERMANTOWN, Maryland – Dec. 8, 2016 – Barr Group has officially announced their Spring 2017 public training calendar for embedded systems engineers and managers. During this season, Barr Group will be offering three “Boot Camp” courses on embedded software, embedded Android, and embedded security. These comprehensive four-day courses are designed to immerse attendees in valuable aspects of embedded systems software development and improve students’ abilities in creating safe and secure embedded devices.

New Training from Barr Group Aims to Improve Safety-Critical Embedded Systems Design

One-Day Course Teaches Top 10 Ways to Create Safer Products

GERMANTOWN, Maryland – July 6, 2016 – Barr Group, The Embedded Systems Experts™, today announced a new one-day training course to help embedded software development teams build safer products. The new course, “Top 10 Ways to Design Safer Embedded Software,” focuses exclusively on valuable techniques that engineers should use to create more reliable product designs.

Barr Group to Host Webinar on Best Practices for Stack Management

Embedded Experts to Discuss Ways to Prevent and Detect Stack Overflow

GERMANTOWN, MARYLAND–May 31, 2016–Barr Group, The Embedded Systems Experts™, today announced that principal engineer Nigel Jones will host an upcoming free webinar about embedded systems design that will examine best practices for stack management.

2016 Embedded Systems Safety & Security Survey Reveals Troubling Trends

Worldwide Responses from 2,400+ Engineers Reveal Deficiencies in Engineering Practices

Embedded World, NUREMBERG, Germany – February 22, 2016 – Barr Group today announced key findings of its 2016 Embedded Systems Safety & Security Survey, raising alarm that the industry is not taking safety and security seriously enough.

Barr Group Launches First Embedded Systems Training Courses in Germany

Training Courses on Best Practices for Embedded Software Reliability and Security Headed to Germany

GERMANTOWN, MARYLAND – June 29, 2015 – Embedded systems engineers and software developers in Europe will have access this November to in-depth, specialized training courses aimed at helping them build safe, reliable, and secure products. Barr Group, industry experts in the reliability and security of embedded systems, today announced plans to host several of its most popular embedded systems training courses internationally for the first time in Munich, Germany.


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