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Critical Infrastructure Goes Open Source

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The electrical grid, water, roads and bridges—the infrastructure we take for granted—is seldom noticed until it’s unavailable. The burgeoning open source software movement is taking steps to help rebuild crumbling U.S. civil infrastructure while capitalizing on expansion in emerging markets by providing software building blocks to help develop interoperable and secure transportation, electric power, oil and gas as well as the healthcare infrastructure.

Under a program launched in April called the Civil Infrastructure Platform, the Linux Foundation said the initiative would provide “an open source base layer of industrial grade software to enable the use and implementation of software building blocks for civil infrastructure.”

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Linux Foundation announces Civil Infrastructure Platform

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On the first day of the Embedded Linux Conference, the Linux Foundation announced a new software project called the Civil Infrastructure Platform (CIP).

CIP is an open source framework that will support the development of software needed to run critical services that create the backbone of any modern society, including electric power, oil and gas, water, health care, communications, and transportation.

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Linux Foundation Launches Civil Infrastructure Project

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The Linux Foundation wants to help ensure critical services, such as electric power, oil and gas, water, healthcare, communications, and transportation, have the proper software foundation to deliver solutions. The organization has announced the Civil Infrastructure Platform (CIP), an open-source framework designed to ensure civil infrastructures provide safety, security and reliability.

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