Functional Safety (FuSa) Technology Video

Learn what functional safety technology is and how it benefits IoT applications. Human and machine interactions are becoming more critical in industrial, railway, and other verticals, so the demand for functionally safe, autonomous systems is increasing.



Human and machine interactions are becoming more critical in industrial, railway, and other verticals. So the demand for functionally safe, autonomous systems is increasing. As equipment manufacturers and system suppliers rely on more complex autonomous system designs, they're turning to semiconductor and software companies for products with functional safety capabilities.

Malfunctions can occur because of systematic failures, such as design, manufacturing, operational procedure, or documentation flaws, or random hardware failures-- sudden, unpredictable failures that can happen during a hardware component's lifecycle. Functional safety is a technology that helps a system detect and mitigate a malfunction before it leads to a hazard or increases safety risks, and helps limit damage to the environment where a system operates.

Functional safety follows international standards to provide organizations with trusted, proven techniques to build systems that reduce risk and liability. For example, if a failure causes a robotic arm to move incorrectly, functional safety measures help enable the system to automatically and safely shut down the robot.

As the transportation industry evolves, safety requirements increase. A train operator, for example, relies on functional safety in the railway signaling system to help ensure that the train safely switches tracks and maintains a safe distance from other trains. The avionics industry uses functional safety compliant hardware and aircraft for multiple systems, including, controls navigation, communications, and emergency systems.

Intel's functional, safety-enabled Internet of Things products are built on four pillars-- in-house expertise, lifecycle, software tools and methodologies, and development of hardware and software features and related technical documentation. Intel's Internet of Things team is engineering functional safety solutions for many industries and has a key role in defining international functional safety standards. Intel's functional safety lifecycle is a development process that's been certified by an external certification body, for up to SIL 3 for IEC 61508 and up to ASIL D for ISO 26262.

Intel uses software tools and methodologies to standardize and automate the safety analysis of its systems on a chip. Intel's hardware-based diagnostics, software libraries, and related technical documentation help enable customers to create high-performance, functional, safety-compliant computing systems in an affordable, scalable way.

These four pillars help organizations quickly and cost-effectively develop safety-critical applications and workflows. With functional safety for Internet of Things products, customers get high-performance hardware solutions with functional safety capabilities. Visit the Intel IoT group online.