BlackBerry casts QNX Hypervisor 2.2 for safety to aid healthcare industry

Grant Courville, Vice President, Products and Strategy at BlackBerry QNX

BlackBerry Limited announced the release of the QNX® Hypervisor 2.2 for Safety, the latest edition of the firm’s safety-certified, real-time embedded hypervisor product, designed to enable the healthcare industry to deliver secure medical devices and apps to market faster.

What does QNX Hypervisor 2.2 for Safety do?

In addition to being certified to the latest ISO 26262 ASIL D standard for automotive and IEC 61508 SIL3 for electronic systems, the QNX Hypervisor 2.2 for Safety is recognised with the highest functional safety standard for medical device software – IEC 62304 Class C compliance – from the auditors at TÜV Rheinland. The release comes at a time of increased scrutiny and gov’t investment in medical device manufacturing and cybersecurity in Australia.

In response to a spate of healthcare cyber-attacks in 2021, the Aussie Gov’t, Department of Health and Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) updated medical device cybersecurity guidelines for industry and users to strengthen cybersecurity healthcare protections.

 The Federal Gov’t is also focused on boosting on-shore manufacturing to help companies build more resilient supply chains – including medical areas such as smart monitoring devices. Australia’s Cybersecurity Roadmap underlines it is critical that all new products, services, platforms and processes are ‘secure by design’ – with cybersecurity as a key consideration.

What were the executive’s thoughts on the product?

“Medical device manufacturers operate in an environment filled with intense market pressures, stringent safety regulations and concerns about cyberthreats,” commented Grant Courville, Vice President, Products and Strategy at BlackBerry QNX.

“BlackBerry QNX solutions are used in more than 50 types of medical devices and with the release of the QNX Hypervisor 2.2 for Safety, embedded developers have a software foundation that they can continue to count on which has been specifically designed for safety, security and reliability, enabling them to overcome many challenges at once,” Grant said.

“At a time when embedded device developers are adopting the latest tech to meet demands while balancing criticality functions, the interoperation of operating systems has never been so vital,” said Chris Rommel, Executive VP, IoT & Industrial Technology at VDC Research.

“The latest QNX Hypervisor for Safety brings together pre-certifications across key industry standards including IEC 62304 Class C for medical with additional support needed for high-performance computing. This solution can help deliver responsive user experiences and better time to market while giving firms confidence that they can achieve their safety goals.”

What do Blackberry partners stand to gain?

Medical device manufacturers and other embedded system suppliers are now empowered with ultimate design flexibility and scalability to consolidate multiple systems with mixed criticality and different operating environments onto a single hardware platform, reducing initial development and long-term costs of ownership for a variety of embedded systems in industries like industrial, automotive, transportation, heavy machinery, rail and robotics etc.

Medical device firms trust BlackBerry QNX software for a broad range of life-critical and graphics-rich medical applications including surgical robots, infusion pumps and pacemakers.

BlackBerry QNX has a broad portfolio of embedded system software designed for mission-critical implementations, including the QNX® Hypervisor and the QNX® Neutrino® Real-time Operating System, in addition to middleware and development tools. Safety-certified variants of the QNX® OS for Safety are also available. For more information on BlackBerry QNX products and engineering services for embedded systems, please visit BlackBerry.QNX.com.