EmbOSYST: Embedded Operating System Security Through Integrity, System Management and Trust

In the project EmbOSYST, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research BMBF), the FZI cooperates with Hyperstone GmbH and WIBU-SYSTEMS AG. Together, they research and develop protective mechanisms for the correct, confidential as well as safe and secure operation of an embedded real-time operation system in an open Internet environment. A new hardware architecture is supposed to ensure the system integrity of an embedded system during the entire life cycle.

Project desription

The intended hardware architecture comprises a programmable logic device as a webserver in combination with a flash memory and a smartcard chip. The solution is supposed to protect the system integrity of the real-time operation system and its applications. Possible fields of application can be found in the entire network- and industrial automation, but also in other fields, such as avionics and medical engineering.

"IT security enables a trusting cooperation in automation and global production. EmbOSYST will protect embedded operation systems from attacks and manipulations, safeguard the integrity and confidentiality as well as manage the embedded ‘trust anchors’”, states Oliver Winzenried, Executive Director of WIBU-Systems AG.

Added value

The user obtains a programmable logic device as a web server in combination with a flash memory and a smartcard chip for the protection of the system integrity of the real-time operation system and its application.


  • Development of protective mechanisms for the safe and secure use of embedded real-time operation systems in an open Internet environment


  • In embedded systems (e.g. in trains, machines, traffic facilities etc.)
  • It protects embedded systems from unauthorised external access

Project duration

  • March 2013 to August 2015

Project partners

Contact person

Victor Pazmino Betancourt

Department Manager



Victor Pazmino studied from 2011 to 2016 electrical engineering and information technology at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Focuses during his studies were systems engineering, system-on-chip and embedded systems design. He wrote his master thesis entitled “Modelling of embedded software functions for heterogeneous embedded systems” already at FZI. Since January 2017 he is employed as research scientist in the research group ESS at FZI.

Since 2018, Victor Pazmino is head of the group Embedded Computing Systems from Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h. c. Jürgen Becker. The group focuses on AI hardware acceleration, edge computing, embedded security and model-based security-by-design. There is close cooperation with KIT and various industrial partners in the domains Automotive and Industry 4.0.

His personal research focus is on heterogeneous embedded architectures and task allocation algorithms for edge computing, including the use of hardware accelerators, container technologies and model-based design methods.


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Phone: +49 721 9654-190
E-Mail: pazmino@dont-want-spam.fzi.de

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