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Patent Issued for Remote Tracing of Software on an Avionic Device

February 20, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- A patent by the inventor Gin, Gary (Peoria, AZ), filed on September 22, 2011, was published online on February 4, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews correspondents.

Patent number 8645021 is assigned to Honeywell International Inc. (Morristown, NJ).

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Many avionic devices have debug utilities built into the avionic devices. These debug utilities can include a trace functionality which enables tracing operation of the software on the avionic device. The debug utilities enable software traces to operate on the avionic device while the aircraft to which the avionic device corresponds is airborne. The data from the software trace can be stored in a memory device. Thus, when the aircraft returns to the ground, the data can be analyzed to debug the software on the avionic device."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "In one embodiment, a method for remotely initiating a software trace on an avionics device operating on an aircraft is provided. The method includes at the avionics device, receiving one or more messages sent from a ground station over an aeronautical datalink to the aircraft, wherein the one or more messages conform to a protocol of the aeronautical datalink. The one or more messages are interpreted to identify any commands for the avionic device therein. If the one or more messages include one or more commands for tracing software on the avionic device, the software on the avionic device is traced in response to the one or more commands. Trace data obtained from tracing the software can be sent to a memory device for storage."

URL and more information on this patent, see: Gin, Gary. Remote Tracing of Software on an Avionic Device. U.S. Patent Number 8645021, filed September 22, 2011, and published online on February 4, 2014. Patent URL:

Keywords for this news article include: Software, Honeywell International Inc..

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