Center of Competence for Functional Safety
With more than 25 years of experience in safety-related projects, Philotech founded the Functional Safety Competence Center in 2012. From its headquarters in Cottbus, the Competence Center coordinates the other Philotech offices all around Europe.
Constantly gaining new experiences, the team is currently specialized for the following industry sectors:
- Civil and Military Aerospace
- Automotive Systems
- Train and Railway
- Process Industry
Functional Safety in Systems Engineering and Hardware Design
Modern electronic systems are getting more complex. In some systems, defects may have fatal consequences and cause severe injuries or even harm lives. Therefore, committees like the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) established guidance, guidelines and requirements for products and their development processes. With the help of this guidance each system or component is assigned to a safety integrity level that determines requirements for the product and development, which consequently, has an impact on the development costs.
Our team is familiar with the applicable and required methods which induce a sufficient functional safety process.
Independent Support and Guidance
Our highly qualified experts are able to create functional safety management systems and carry out third-party audits. They provide consulting and certification supervision concerning functional safety to specific sectors like aerospace (e.g. SAE ARP 4754A, RTCA DO-178B/C, RTCA DO-254), automotive (ISO 26262), or railway (EN 5012x), but also other industry sectors.
In addition to consulting, our engineers support your development team during execution of all safety engineering activities. Contact us for further information on seminars and workshops. You decide which development tools you use and whether we come to your company or we host the event in our Center of Competence for Functional Safety.
Functional Safety in Software Development
The proven standard RTCA DO-178B for aerospace software is still serving as a blueprint for automation (ISO 26262), rail (EN 50128), and other industries (IEC 61508). For the first time in the history of safety engineering, RTCA DO-178B is integrated in the generic elements for safety critical software. Furthermore, RTCA DO-178B defines a clear trade-off between safety requirements and costs by introducing safety integrity levels.
Recently, RTCA DO-178B was updated to RTCA DO-178C, addressing innovative software technologies like formal methods, model-based engineering, and reuse for functional safety. By maintaining the core principals of safety engineering the RTCA DO-178 B/C’s evolution of standards again set the benchmark for other application domains and industries.
Specific strategy and architecture including segregation of safety functions
The application of RTCA DO-178 series of standards for multiple customers, ranging from the aircraft manufacturers over 1st and 2nd tier suppliers to specialized technology enterprises, increases our competence in the development of safety related embedded systems and software.
Achieving the objectives of different integrity level with minimum effort
In an extremely competitive and cost sensitive environment with global sourcing, our safety experts are capable of effective design, development, and verification of functional safety. Our experienced specialists and consultants guide our customers and define optimized approaches for planning, development, verification, and certification in order to avoid ineffective processes, process-gaps and delays.
Functional Safety as part of Support Engineering
A holistic view on a system under development is indispensable to gain the utmost level of supportability. Reliability (R), Availability (A), Maintainability (M), Safety (S), Security (S) and Testability (T) often referred to as RAMSST are the fundamental supportability design disciplines for a modern, state-of-the-art system development process.
For further information related to the other RAMSST activities please visit our dedicated section Support Engineering.