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Green Hills Software Launches Autonomous Vehicle Open Platform for UAV Control Segments, UAV Mission, Payload and Flight Control Systems

Secure, Highly Reliable Open Platform Allows Overall Reduction in Development Cost and Time-to-market for US Government's Next Generation of Autonomous Vehicles; Includes INTEGRITY-178B Real-time Operating System and FIPS-validated Cryptographic Toolkit

WASHINGTON, DC — August 16, 2011 — AUVSI Unmanned Systems Conference 2011 — Green Hills Software's INTEGRITY® Security Services (ISS) business unit, today announced its new Autonomous Vehicle (AV) Open Platform, representing a significant investment and commitment to the security and management of Autonomous Vehicles and Universal Control Segments (UCS) in the embedded and special-purpose computing market.

Targeting the autonomous systems community, the platform provides a secure, highly reliable and safe software foundation for Autonomous Vehicle and UCS developers to host their UAS (Unmanned Autonomous Systems) applications. At the foundation is Green Hills Software's INTEGRITY-178B real-time operating system (RTOS), a multi-level secure operating system that is the only operating system in the world proven to simultaneously meet the software safety requirements of RTCA/DO-178B Level A for safety and total reliability, and the information assurance requirements of the U.S. Government's EAL6+ Separation Kernel Protection Profile (SKPP) for absolute security.

As the UCS working group continues to architect standards by which unmanned platforms are certified for use in an operational environment, Green Hills Software is investing its own resources to ensure its tools and RTOS integrate into that framework.

According to Dan O'Dowd, chief executive officer and founder of Green Hills Software, "Our ISS Autonomous Vehicle Open Platform is the first end-to-end Open Platform in the embedded industry that includes an EAL6+-certified RTOS and a FIPS-validated Embedded Cryptographic Toolkit." O'Dowd continues, "Our ISS AV Open Platform provides a reliable foundation to all Autonomous Vehicle and UCS developers reducing cost and time-to-market without compromising or sidestepping the demanding high-assurance software requirements that are expected from an operating system or cryptographic toolkit." The ISS AV Open Platform is provided by INTEGRITY Security Services (ISS), a business unit of Green Hills Software.

The ISS AV Open Platform builds on our certified INTEGRITY-178B RTOS to provide a high availability framework, and a TCP stack and file system for applications in need of those services. In addition, the platform approach is agnostic to the hardware, allowing platform providers to utilize the hardware architecture best suited for their environment. The complexity of the trade space is such that each platform may have unique requirements from a hardware perspective. Some environments require low power, tactically deployed devices that sit on the back of a soldier or a Humvee, while others may be situated in an Air Operations Center that offers little constraints in terms of Space, Weight and Power.

The INTEGRITY Security Services AV Open Platform includes the following components:

  • INTEGRITY-178B Real-time Operating System(s)
  • ISS UCS Open Platform o ISS proprietary
    - FIPS-validated Embedded Cryptographic Toolkit
    - MULTI® Integrated Development Environment
  • ISS µSSL, µSSH, µVPN (IPSec/IKEv2), and µLoad Secure Boot Toolkits – Optional
  • TCP Networking Stack, web server, Layer 3 IP Routing, USB and Management Stacks - Optional
  • ISS Anti-Tamper Platform – Optional

The ISS AV Open Platform meets the latest government standards and also provides the underlying foundation for developing the most reliable, secure and cost-effective Autonomous Vehicle Systems in the world. The AV Open Platform is designed to be small, scalable and SKPP/EAL6+-compliant (INTEGRITY-178B multi-level secure operating system option). Support is also available for Windows, Linux, INTEGRITY and other general-purpose operating systems on ARM, Intel, Power Architecture, MIPS and other processor architectures.

"Our Customers are requesting high assurance security solutions," said Dan O'Dowd. "With the INTEGRITY Security Services Platforms and our EAL6+-certified INTEGRITY-178B operating system, we can secure all layers of all Autonomous Vehicles."

INTEGRITY Security Services' Autonomous Vehicle Open Platform is available today on a wide variety of microprocessor architectures, including some of today's most advanced multicore processors. For projects mandating the latest US Government required safety- or security-critical Autonomous Vehicle applications, contact your local Green Hills Sales Representative or email

About Green Hills Software
Founded in 1982, Green Hills Software is the largest independent vendor of embedded development solutions. In 2008, the Green Hills INTEGRITY-178B RTOS was the first and only operating system to be certified by NIAP (National Information Assurance Partnership comprised of NSA & NIST) to EAL6+, High Robustness, the highest level of security ever achieved for any software product. Our open architecture integrated development solutions address deeply embedded, absolute security and high-reliability applications for the military/avionics, medical, industrial, automotive, networking, consumer and other markets that demand industry-certified solutions. Green Hills Software is headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, with European headquarters in the United Kingdom. Visit Green Hills Software at

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