Duo collaborate to solve medical design challenges

27th June 2022
Mick Elliott

At embedded world 2022 in Nuremberg congatec and System Industrie Electronics (SIE) launched their new co-creation services for the design of IT/ OT systems dedicated for the medical and healthcare sector.

The system engineering value of the collaboration between the two companies and its customers extends across the entire supply chain, from Computer-on-Modules to series production of certified system platforms.

Two new medical edge computing systems, called secunet medical connect Carna and Athene, which are developed and manufactured in collaboration with OEM customer secunet will be produced.. congatec says that the two secunet systems are perfect examples for the most demanding system design challenges medical device OEMs are facing today.

Edge computing platforms for the digitisation of the healthcare sector must be 100% compliant with the data and cybersecurity specifications of ITSEC or Common Criteria and/or ready for B3S KRITIS and ISO/IEC 80001 certification.

For point-of-care (POC) operation, their medical computing platforms must also be EN 60601-1/EN 60601-2 compliant and MDR/FDA certifiable.

All this requires 100% reliable and traceable components, comprehensive documentation, and trusted sources across the entire supply chain and for the entire lifecycle of the medical devices.

As application-ready platforms that meet these state-of-the-art patient, data, and cybersecurity requirements, secunet medical connect Carna and Athene address virtually all needs for the digitisation of POC medical devices and secure patient data processing in hospital networks – such as backend systems for medical image processing in CT, MRT, x-ray and ultrasound appliances. The secunet Carna platform, for instance, can be connected to any medical device and is therefore ideally suited for the digitisation of existing platforms, either driven by OEMs or hospitals themselves.

OEMs looking for a dedicated solution to digitize their medical systems can use these platforms as proof-of-concept and are invited to ask for customisation of the existing platforms or even evaluate entirely new platform co-creations with congatec, S.I.E and, of course, secunet.  Beside these digitiation-focused edge computing platforms, the co-creation team also targets any other medical panel or box PC needs OEMs may have – including functional safety on x86, enabled by Intel’s initiatives on the basis of Intel Atom x6000E processors for functional safety and the expected future support of further cores.

Engineers of mixed-critical implementations can also take advantage of the new safety hypervisor technology support by congatec’s subsidiary Real-Time Systems and congatec’s value offering for application-ready safety Computer-on-Modules.

Within the co-creation offering from congatec and S.I.E, OEMs receive an unparalleled value proposition with full system responsibility – from the computing core to certification, mass production and lifecycle management. This is especially valuable if customers in regulated markets want to concentrate on their core competences and are looking for a reliable source with central European roots. In addition to critical healthcare infrastructures and medical OEM equipment, the two companies also aim to enter further embedded and edge computing markets for critical infrastructures, such as the financial and insurance sector, water and energy utilities, information technology and telecommunications, and even transportation and traffic, all of which rely on cyber-secure systems for their IT infrastructures.

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