First Medical-Grade Connectivity Framework Sets Up Shop

Real-Time Innovations (RTI) unveils a variety of added capabilities to its connectivity software, RTI Connext DDS. The software is designed to advance the development of complex medical systems. Based on the Data Distribution Standard (DDS), the latest release will provide medical device manufacturers with the connectivity technology needed to address design challenges faced in developing secure, interoperable medical devices for healthcare systems of the future.


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RTI Connext 6 is described as the first solution on the market to satisfy complex, system-level requirements simultaneously, without the need to make any tradeoffs or compromises in the process. For example, developers can build their systems to scale as large as they need to without having to compromise on the level of security. This enables them to design products faster while lowering costs and allowing them to focus on their core competencies.



The latest version of Connext 6 provides increased security. In any type of healthcare environment, maintaining the highest degrees of security is of the utmost importance. The Connext DDS connectivity framework allows medical device manufacturers to secure the data in-use down to the data-type level meeting the requirements of the FDA cybersecurity guidance and minimizing the impact to system performance.



In terms of decreased time to market, to design the connectivity software required for medical-grade systems, medical device manufacturers have the choice of designing the software in house or adopting an off-the-shelf-solution. Those that choose a well-documented, off-the-shelf connectivity framework like Connext DDS can meet development and security requirements, solve specific design challenges and get to market faster.



Thinking of scalability, the latest features are compatible and interoperable across the RTI Connext product suite: Connext DDS Secure and Connext DDS Professional for standard processors and microcontrollers, Connext DDS Micro for highly resource-constrained microcontrollers and Connext DDS Cert for the most safety-critical applications



Other features include:

  • Large Data Distribution: Allows streaming of high-bandwidth data from many disparate sources and sensors, important in both 3D imaging and Healthcare IoT application.
  • Data Extensibility: Supports longevity and evolution of large, expensive medical equipment, such as large CT scanners – enabling interoperability across generations of products.
  • Data-Centric Gateways: Provides intelligent data routing for greater efficiency and support for integrating and scaling distributed medical systems, easing integration with legacy medical devices and enterprise.
  • Enhanced Performance: Reduces CPU overhead and end-to-end latency in distributed applications—a necessity for haptic control loops in surgical robotics and for the development of real time near-patent Clinical Decision Support (CDS), like in surgical robotics systems.


For more information, checkout Connext DDS and for pricing and licensing, contact [email protected]. Also, you can download a free 30-day trial.

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