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LieberLieber Software: Coordinator for EUROSTARS project
LieberLieber Software is heading a new European initiative to lower the maintenance costs of highly reliable and safety critical software systems
In the age of Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things (IoT), embedded software and systems are becoming increasingly relevant due to their ability to constantly open up new areas of application. Where simple mechanical or IT systems have sufficed to date, increased networking is now making embedded control systems increasingly indispensable. In view of these developments, the focus is turning to modern approaches such as model-based software and system development in order to cope with rapidly growing system complexity. Improving existing development solutions is particularly relevant, especially in the field of safety critical systems which are often vital to human life.
Optimising safety critical systems
Against this backdrop LieberLieber will coordinate the EUROSTARS project EMBEET (Environment for Model-Based Embedded Systems Engineering and Testing), part of the transnational Eurostar-2 call, over the next two years. The project partners, also including the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology and Slovak company CNS Soft, will develop a modelling and testing environment for safety critical software systems, such as those used in cars and aircraft, for example. Advanced model-based software and system solutions should reduce the development and maintenance costs of safety-critical systems by up to 50 per cent over their service life. At the same time the project will also raise system quality, for example by developing state-of-the-art tools for modelling, automating test case generation, and precise documentation.
“Already the majority of recalls in the automotive industry are the result of malfunctions in safety critical electronic systems. These errors often lie in the software and put human lives at risk. That's why every means available must be used to avoid them. We want our project to make an important contribution to improving the development of safety critical systems which protect lives and save billions,” says Peter Lieber, founder and owner of LieberLieber Software, explaining the aim of the project.
“Our modern networked systems are making society increasingly dependent and vulnerable, creating the need for new methods and tools to develop these digital systems. AIT plays a leading international role in this area of research and has established key technology expertise in Austria. This allows us to work with partners to build highly reliable IoT components for the Industry 4.0 environment and tomorrow's autonomous vehicles,” explains Helmut Leopold, Head of the Center for Digital Safety & Security at AIT.
EMBEET: simplified entry into modelling
All three partners in the EMBEET consortium have excellent knowledge and experience in model-based software and system development, and have already worked together on various projects. “The joint projects with LieberLieber are certainly ambitious as they always extract the greatest possible potential offered by model-based development. This also increases our expertise in this promising area, and we are already looking forward to the interesting tasks and challenges that will come with EMBEET,” says Thomas Berndorfer, Managing Director of Slovak company CNS Soft.
The partners' stated goal is to win over those developers who currently work with traditional software development methods, convincing them of the benefits of the new approach. This will primarily be achieved by incorporating the latest possibilities offered by traditional development environments into the new, integrated and model-based development environment (IMDE). This simultaneously integrates development, test runs, and debugging at model level. “We want to keep entry barriers to the new system as low as possible in order to convince as many developers as possible of the advantages of the method. We are effectively building a stable bridge for the transition to model-based development by adopting the advantages of conventional systems, and integrating and merging them with the opportunities offered by modelling,” Lieber concludes.
More about EMBEET: http://embeet.com/
About CNS Soft
CNS Soft specialises in developing customised software applications, both for client-server and internet/intranet environments. The experienced international team provides solutions in compliance with the highest standards. The company is a Microsoft partner with four gold and three silver competencies. CNS Soft aims to a achieve stable and mutually beneficial partnerships with its customers based on mutual respect.
The AIT Center for Digital Safety & Security is developing modern information and communication technologies (ICT) and systems in order to establish secure and reliable critical infrastructure in the context of comprehensive global networking and digitalisation. The key research areas include cyber-security for industrial control systems (ICS), cyber-physical systems (CPS), and the Internet of Things (IoT) as well as highly secure and highly available software and systems. For more information see www.ait.ac.at/dss.
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