JILS: Designing Safety Critical Electronics and Software

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Making Regulatory Standards Work for You’

Developing electronics and software for devices which impact on safety poses the design engineer with particular challenges, especially in the medical, transportation, industrial, defence and aerospace environments.

The design, development and manufacture of electronics devices and software for use in these environments needs to comply with the requirements of international regulatory standards relating to electronics and software which go beyond the electromagnetic compatibility and radiocommunications which apply to all electronic devices.  Such standards apply not only to the characteristics of the finished design, but to the processes used to develop it, including risk management.

Rather than being seen as a burden, compliance with regulatory standards should be seen positively as a way of enhancing product quality, which indeed is their purpose.  The aim should not be just to “to comply with the standard”, but to “develop a safe, reliable, high quality product”.  Complying with regulatory standards is perhaps the best way of managing risk.

Typical standards which apply to electronics hardware and software design for various industry segments will be discussed, including the interaction with quality management systems.  Practical approaches for applying standards to engineering activities will be described.

Presenter: Geoff Sizer

Geoff Sizer is the founder and CEO of Genesys.  He has more than 40 years’ experience in electronic product development ranging from complex systems to simple consumer goods for a diverse range of industries and applications. 

Geoff is a Fellow of Engineers Australia and a Chartered Professional.  During his career Geoff has acted as a Director or Chief Technical Officer for several leading technology firms including Advanced Systems Research Pty Ltd, Advanced Spectrum Technologies Pty Ltd, EMC Assessors Pty Ltd, Telezygology Inc and Embertec Pty Ltd.



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  • Harricks Auditorium
  • 8 Thomas Street
  • Chatswood, New South Wales
  • Australia






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