We are glad to announce that in August 2016, Intland Software’s codeBeamer ALM has been awarded safety-critical qualifications by the internationally recognized testing body TÜV NORD. This “Trusted Tool” certification reassures users working on safety-critical products that codeBeamer ALM is an adequate solution to support development in accordance with the requirements of IEC 61508 and ISO 26262.
To better understand how this TÜV certification helps your safety-critical tool validation processes, watch our webinar recording titled codeBeamer’s TÜV Certification: Simplify Tool Qualification for Safety-critical Development below.
Tool qualification in safety-critical industries
Companies operating in the automotive, medical device, nuclear, railway and aviation systems development industries as well as other safety-critical sectors are required by law to comply with standards that ensure the safety and reliability of their products. These standards may be difficult to interpret, and implementing measures to comply with their requirements is a challenge. With increasing product complexity, companies are struggling to maintain traceability, adequate risk management, process enforcement, and documentation throughout the lifecycle in order to achieve compliance with relevant standards. Using the right tools to support compliance is not only greatly helpful, but is quickly becoming indispensable in the development of high quality products with functional safety requirements.
In addition, a tool qualification analysis and evaluation process must be carried out for software tools before they can be used in safety-critical projects with confidence. This qualification process is greatly simplified by codeBeamer’s recent TÜV “Trusted Tool” certification. To learn how, scroll down to sign up for our related webinar on 12 Oct.
Our Application Lifecycle Management platform is used by a number of businesses in a variety of safety-critical verticals, proving that it’s a valuable asset in assisting compliant software product development processes. This TÜV qualification further increases users’ confidence in codeBeamer ALM, and in the preconfigured templates it offers to support medical device, automotive, and avionics systems development lifecycles.
“Traceability, safety and compliance are critical issues for developers of safety-critical systems” says Janos Koppany, CEO of Intland Software. “It is fast becoming a crucial business consideration to optimize the time and effort costs of complying with international regulations and standards. By using certified tools, suppliers and OEMs in the medical, aviation, and automotive industries can cut costs while at the same time future-proofing their development processes. Intland Software’s templates, consulting, and training services further help these companies implement mature processes in order to achieve continuous compliance in their development efforts. Therefore, this TÜV qualification increases the value of codeBeamer ALM as a business asset, yielding a competitive advantage for safety-critical systems development companies.”
Supporting Compliance with IEC 61508 and ISO 26262
The certification provides assurance that specific features of codeBeamer ALM meet critical functional safety requirements as per the guidelines of the general safety standard IEC 61508, and its derivative ISO 26262 for automotive systems development.
IEC 61508 is the general international standard that aims the ensure the functional safety of electrical/electronic/programmable electronic safety-related systems. According to TÜV’s “Trusted Tool” certification, codeBeamer ALM is qualified to develop software systems up to SIL 3.
ISO 26262, a derivative of IEC 61508 specifically created for the automotive sector, is the international standard for functional safety of electrical and/or electronic systems in road vehicles. Based on the assumed use cases a maximum level confidence of TCL 2 / ASIL D has been awarded to codeBeamer.
In addition to increasing tool confidence and proving that several other companies have run successful compliance audits with codeBeamer, this Trusted Tool certification helps reduce the amount of work needed to qualify and verify our ALM tool as it is being used by development companies in safety-critical areas.