Hard- & software platform for advanced verification of critical control systems

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Technology abstract

A Dutch independent international concern offers an advanced simulation and verification platform for development of critical hardware/software control systems. By using simulation of (sub)systems and environments with test techniques, highly reliable systems are realized cost and time efficiently. The company aims at technical cooperation agreements and commercial agreements with technical assistance, with industrial partners that develop critical (control) equipment.

This proven provider has extensive, world-class leading knowledge on this subject. Therefore the technology is applicable for any kind of use, given its flexibility. Automotive (autonomous) systems, UAV’s are one of the area’s that could benefit from this simulation and verification technology.

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Technology Description

The Dutch company is an independent establishment of an international aerospace concern. The company is active in many engineering areas that are required for the development, verification and operation of highly reliable space systems.
In order to achieve high reliability of control systems in harsh environments, a high degree of equipment and environment simulation is required. Throughout the entire development cycle of these systems simulation plays an important role. With this approach the overall cost and time-to-market are reduced.
Simulations can be applied throughout many project phases, i.e. concept analysis, development, test, operations, etc. For example, during system development, hardware-in-the-loop simulations are applied in which actual real sub-systems interface with emulated/simulated hardware. Project-specific software models are integrated with the simulation software and represent components such as sensors, actuators, board computers or environmental physics.
During test and operation phases, operator-in-the-loop simulations, in which operators are trained by using 2D and/or 3D visualisations and virtual or real entities, are common. For example, virtual reality techniques are used to increase situation awareness for operators. Similarly, operators are trained using simulated environments and interact with virtual or real entities.
The various simulation and verification configurations can be built by using the platform, which provides scalable electrical front-end interfaces and real-time simulation of hardware and environment models. Front-end interfacing modules are available, which are flexible, scalable and reusable across various projects. Failure injection allows for controlled simulation of exceptional and extreme scenarios.
The company offers technical expertise, software and hardware products that support the development of critical hardware/software control systems. The company is looking for industrial partners, universities and R&D institutes within the frame of technical cooperation agreements or commercial agreements with technical assistance.

Innovations & Advantages

When simulation of (critical) system control is needed, this technology offers:

  • reduction of cost & time to market
  • possibility of incorporating operators
  • flexibility in type of simulation
  • flexible and available interfacing
  • re-useable software
  • possibility of failure injection

Further Information

The technology has been used and proven for over 20 years in various sectors like aerospace, avionics, defence and marine

Current and Potential Domains of Application

Current domain:
Space, aviation systems
 
Potential domain:
Critical systems and equipment
Automotive (self driving vehicles), Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Offshore remote operations, Medical, Critical machine control, Safety products & services