In an age where your technology always seems to be one step ahead of you, bugging you to update to the latest and greatest version of software, Systems Technology is a relative anomaly.
When we release a new version of our software, you might not know it. You won’t see annoying pop ups in your simulator demanding that you drop everything and update to the latest version. Sure, updating the software is pretty easy to do, but we have made it a point to not make it easily accessible to our clients.
In an age of automatic everything, it probably seems antiquated that we don’t do that. But there is a method to our madness!
When it comes to research and assessment, we adhere to the old adage “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” For researchers in the middle of a study, even a small change to the software could have major adverse effects. Any unanticipated changes could produce slightly different results compared to previous drives, or produce different results to a patient who is being assessed over a period of time
For example, every once in awhile we will replace an older 3D model with a newer one that our great graphic artists create. However, the new model may be six inches wider or smaller than its predecessor. While six inches does not sound like a big difference, it can be the difference between having a crash or not.
Yes, we absolutely strive to make sure that any changes we make to the software don’t adversely affect the simulator – but we’d much rather err on the side of caution for our clients.
That isn’t to say that we won’t provide the latest software to clients. Quite the opposite! So long as your software support contract is up-to-date, we encourage you to get the latest software to take advantage of all the newest features and capabilities. We just recommend proceeding carefully (and not while you’re in the midst of a big research project).
Here’s how we recommend updating to the latest software version:
- Make sure your software support contract is valid;
- Contact us to get a list of the changes that have been made to the software;
- Find the latest build of your software by clicking on the icon in the upper left corner of the STISIM Drive GUI:
- Compare the changes to your current build of the software and decide if the changes that have been made are features that you can use to your advantage;
If you think the latest build is something you need, review how the simulator is currently being used. If a change to the system will not adversely affect your current work, then let us know and we will be happy to arrange for you to download the latest build of the software.