System-level and BSPs
A success of any product or solution is determined by the quality of its software both at application and system level. As the system level software directly interacts with underlying hardware and can leverage its specifics efficiently, it is very important to focus on optimising this software and make it work in any situation.
Almost any novel customised hardware platform requires developing, porting or fine tuning it system software. We at RTSoft GmbH have a deep knowledge and expertise in system-level software. Our competences span from expertise in almost all major instruction set architectures to various flavours of operating systems, peripherals and low-level protocols.
or OS (Linux, Windows, WEC, QNX, VxWorks)
- Windows family (Win 7, 10, WEC)
of instruction set architectures
system devices and peripherals
- PCI, PCI-E, PCI-X
- Serial (incl. high speed), I2C, I2S, SMBus, SPI, WDT
- NAND/NOR flash, PCMCIA
- CompactFlash, PATA/SATA/SCSI, SD, eMMC
- LCD, touchscreen, keypad, Audio, camera devices
- USB 2.0/3.0 – host, device, OTG CAN
This update system is a cloud solution designed to increase the efficiency of automatic deployment of new software versions across the entire fleet of Smart Meters, store and update software in the cloud, and swiftly eliminate software bugs and security holes.
One of our partners, a prominent manufacturer of controllers and smart meters for power industry automation, oreder us to develop a software cloud solution for updating smart meter systems. This task is critical for managing a fleet of connected devices, either completely autonomous or not available for qualified on-site maintenance.
The system is based on the RITMS UP2DATE platform created by RTSoft engineers. The platform allows users to update software swiftly, efficiently and reliably both in the global network and in corporate networks, including OEM partners.
The solution contains the following main components:
An integrating and managing cloud component
Embedded software for remote devices
One of our customers, a CCTV system integration company, requested us to develop a system to count people and measure people flow in underground metro. The purpose of the system is to assist platform load and passenger queues. The video surveillance system had been already deployed there and RTSoft should propose a hardware and software add-on by a very competitive price.
RTSoft helps customers to build AI + IoT applications through integration of computer vision, data analysis and augmented reality. Our experience in embedded platforms (Intel Movidius, Nvidia Jetson, Google Coral) and dedicated ML frameworks (Openvino, TensorRT, TFLite) made it possible to fulfill this project.
The solution should allow an automatic rollback in case of update failures such as connectivity problem or unexpected power loss, implement versioning and secure delivery mechanisms, and be customizable for future integrations.
Additionally, the solution should include a cloud back-end service for device and software repository, content delivery and rollout management.
The target devices’s characteristics are:
- SoC: Mediatek MT7688
- Flash memory: 64MB
- Operating system: Linux (OpenWRT)
RTSoft designed and developed the firmware for a smart robotics controller that makes the controller an excellent platform for educational and business uses.
The system software implements the abstraction interface for work with various sensors and actuators like ultrasonic, camera, thermo, photo, encoder motor, servo motor and many others in Real-Time. The programming API is available in python and C/C++.
The robotics platform features the color touch display with the graphical interface, which can also be customized by a user via the programming API.
Besides on-board GUI the solution implements two remote interfaces: WebDAV and ssh. Integration with a cloud is supported via MQTT protocol.
The connectivity is available via WiFi, Bluetooth and USB Ethernet. SD card and USB flash drives can be used to distribute data to/from the controller. Multiple controllers can be connected with each other via CAN interface where a Master controller can seamlessly operate with remote sensors and actuators connected to a Slave controller(s) in the same real-time manner.