About Barr Group

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 2018 Embedded Systems Safety & Security Survey Results at Embedded World

GERMANTOWN, MD - February 20, 2018 – Barr Group CTO Michael Barr will speak in two free 30-minute live presentations highlighting results from the 2018 Embedded Systems Safety & Security Survey at Embedded World in Nuremberg, Germany on February 27 and 28.  Hosted by OpenSystems Media, Michael will discuss highlight the latest findings and trends on the state of embedded systems design for safety and security.

Barr Group Embedded C Coding Standard® Now Available Free to Embedded Systems Designers

Growing Embedded-Systems Safety Risks Prompt Industry Experts to Make Bug-Killing Coding Standard Book Available Free

GERMANTOWN, Maryland – September 6, 2017 – To help the embedded systems industry create safer products, Barr Group has made the downloadable version of its Embedded C Coding Standard® available to the public free of charge. This offering comes in response to potentially disturbing results published in the 2017 Embedded Systems Safety & Security Survey. That survey revealed that approximately one in five designers of Internet-connected products that could kill or injure a person are failing to follow or enforce safety-related coding standards during software development.

Discount on Gimpel Software Licenses

Attendees of any of Barr Group’s Fall 2017 public training courses are eligible for special discounts on FlexeLint and PC-lint workstation licenses from Gimpel Software, the leader in static analysis tools for C/C++.  Registrant are eligible for the following discounts:

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.

Barr Group Announces Pair of New Hands-on Training Courses for Embedded Programmers

New Hands-on Training on RTOSes and Embedded Software Debugging

GERMANTOWN, MARYLAND–April 22, 2015–Barr Group, The Embedded Systems Experts™, today announced a pair of hands-on training courses for embedded software developers. Though focused on distinct subjects, both of the new courses are designed to help programmers develop specific practical knowledge and expertise that they can immediately apply to improve the reliability of their C/C++ code.

Barr Group Announces Embedded Security Boot Camp

Hands-on Training Targets Security Challenges in Embedded Devices

GAITHERSBURG, MARYLAND–January 8, 2013–Barr Group today announced the Embedded Security Boot Camp, the newest entry in its respected "Boot Camp" series of embedded systems training courses. The first offering of this new course will be in California on May 6-10, 2013.