The two tech giants will collaborate with other Platinum members of The Zephyr Project - an open source project at the Linux Foundation that is developing a safe, secure, and flexible RTOS for the Internet of Things (IoT) in space-constrained devices - including Intel, Nordic Semiconductor, NXP, and Oticon to ensure IoT security and critical safety challenges.
"Google believes in building secure products for all of our users, and we are excited to join forces with Zephyr to develop a secure real time operating system," says Puneet Kumar, Director of Engineering, Chrome OS. "The Zephyr Project has built a strong community of experts, and we look forward to working with all of the participating organizations to improve the state of the RTOS our products depend on."
"Facebook is pleased to support the Zephyr project which shows great promise in accelerating the pace of RTOS innovation," says Ric Wheeler, Engineering Manager at Facebook. Olof Johansson, Engineering Director, adds that, "The project's focus on establishing neutral governance, encouraging a diverse development community, and the attention to security will help create a thriving and sustainable open source ecosystem around Zephyr. We are excited to be part of that."
Currently, the project reports that it is seeing an uptick in products developed on the RTOS, specifically those that help monitor COVID-19. Developers are creating products - ranging from distance trackers to contact tracing wearables and smart safety shoes - based on Zephyr RTOS because of its small footprint, integrated stacks, and its dependability to speed time to market, says the organization.
Several such products include the following:
- Laird Connectivity's Sentrius BT710 wearable tracker/multi-sensor.
- Intellinium Safety Pods technology to help protect construction workers during the pandemic.
- Intellinium smart PPE feature in shoes or boots that alerts a worker through a vibrating signal on the smart shoes when there is a risk of getting too close to someone.
- Phytec Distance Tracker Kit , which tracks distance