Velentium Blog

Human Factors Engineering: 7 Additional Resources

When developing a new device using Human Factors Engineering (HFE), researching known use- and design-related issues and hazards that have already been identified for similar devices can give you an early boost and save you from reinventing the wheel.

Topics: Human Factors Engineering

Collapsing SEP: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Securing the Galaxy

I just returned from a large trade show (it doesn’t matter which industry this was, this applies to almost all of them), and was struck by what Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, refers to as S.E.P. or “Somebody Else’s Problem”.

Topics: Root of Trust Embedded Systems Security

Human Factors Validation Testing for Medical Devices

In our previous posts, we looked at the importance of integrating human factors engineering (HFE) processes throughout product development. FDA approval for your device may require a human factors validation test (HFVT), which will demonstrate just how well you've applied HFE all along. You'll want to plan ahead for an HFVT early on, designing validation test parameters concurrently with product design and development.

Topics: Human Factors Engineering

Root of Trust: How Safe are your Firmware Over-the-Air Updates?

“Firmware Over the Air” updating, also known as FOTA or sometimes OTA, is a double-edged sword when it comes to security.

Topics: Root of Trust Embedded Systems Security

Root of Trust: InfoSec Mythbusting

Like any organized activity, InfoSec has its share of myths. These things are like “idea zombies” because they just don’t die. Here are a few of the more pernicious ones I’ve encountered:

Topics: Root of Trust Embedded Systems Security

Know Your “Why”

At the outset of a project, natural momentum will tend to move engineering and development teams very quickly from “What” (problem and requirements) to “How” (methods and solution details). This article will illustrate the value of resisting that natural momentum to address “Why” - and paradoxically accelerate success.

Topics: Device Development

Transformational Leadership: Boost Speed Through Being Teachable

At Velentium, we place a high value on quick learners who are resourcefully able to teach themselves and learn quickly from others how to rapidly work through problems until a solution is found. But when we say we value “quick learners,” what is it we're really valuing? Is it reading speed? Raw intelligence? The ability to synthesize ideas?

Topics: Transformational Leadership

Root of Trust: What's In a Name?

“What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

Topics: Root of Trust Embedded Systems Security

Transformational Leadership: Maintain Access Corridors for the Unfamiliar

Deep immersion in a technical field is good and necessary in today’s world of hyper-specialization. How else would we develop expertise, hone skills, and discover the limits and possibilities of a given specialty?

Topics: Transformational Leadership

Root of Trust: Cybersecurity for MIS/IT vs. Embedded Systems

Embedded device cybersecurity is relatively new compared to our friends with the “big iron” in Managed Information Systems (MIS), so while there are many differences between the two domains, there are a few commonalities; tools and techniques that we can fork / modify for use in the embedded world.

Topics: Root of Trust Embedded Systems Security