Expected Impact

The evolutionary and compositional approach of OPENCOSS are expected to dramatically reduce costs and time for recertification of new versions of existing systems (which is so common in railways and in automotive) and releases of newly developed systems built from pre-developed software components.
 
Economically, industrial contractors (Thales, FIAT, Alstom) will benefit from the project results by shortened certification cycles, thus lower development cost and faster time to market which are major competitive advantages.
 
Suppliers (AdaCore and Altreonic) as well will reduce the time and cost needed to qualify their components and, in addition, will commercialize the same component across different domains which will increase their revenues and competitive position.
 
Certification bodies (RINA, DNV) will profit from project results by running certification processes faster and more accurately.
 
Consultancy organizations (Intecs and DNV) will be able to apply their safety expertise in a broader spectrum of industrial domains.
 
Tool vendors (Atego, Parasoft, ikv+) have an unprecedented opportunity of creating a new breed of tools which supports the safety assurance and certification process, and which is well integrated with other system development tools. To enable rapid adoption, the tools will be open source but the tool vendors will create added value services around those tools.
 
Scientifically, universities and research institutes (Simula, TU Eindhoven, University of York, Tecnalia) will be placed at the forefront of research in a very competitive international environment, thus paving the way to improving next generation of safety assurance and certification approaches.
European citizens will benefit from safer and cheaper embedded system devices.