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T&VS Bring V&V Expertise to Innovate UK Funded Autonomous Commerical Vehicles Project

Dubbed “RoboPilot”, the project will see Charge Automotive lead a consortium, including T&VS, to bring autonomous racing technology to the light commercial vehicle market and demonstrate SAE level 4 autonomy.

RoboPilot features in the second stream of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV2) projects that were recently awarded £31m of Innovate UK led funding.  The CAV2 projects are focused in the areas of vehicle energy reduction and air quality improvements.

T&VS will work to accelerate the ‘safety’ components of the consortiums vision, working with partners on the verification and validation of the complex cyber physical systems involved in autonomous vehicle deployment.

RoboPilot combines input from sensors around the vehicle such as radars, cameras, ultrasonics and lidars (light sensors to measure the distance to a target object) with mapping, artificial intelligence and fleet information, which is then acted on by autonomous software.

The project will initially develop & demonstrate autonomous driving functionality for an electric delivery van, which can then be adapted and rolled out to larger trucks and buses.

Mike Bartley, CEO and Founder of T&VS said, “It is great to have our expertise in the verification and validation of advanced driverless technology recognised by Innovate UK.  We look forward to working with our consortium partners to spearhead the development of the UK’s world-leading autonomous vehicle technology.”

Read the coverage from Freight in the City

Consortium Members

  • Charge Automotive Ltd (Lead)
  • AXA UK plc
  • Loughborough University
  • University of West of England
  • University of Bristol
  • UPS UK Ltd
  • South Gloucestershire Council
  • Test and Verification Solutions Ltd
  • Thales UK Limited

About CAV

The Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) is a joint unit of the department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for Transport. CCAV is a single point of contact for those in industry, academia and internationally set up to keep the UK at the forefront of the development of connected and autonomous vehicle technology.

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T&VS Contributes to PEnDAR Project

A Feasibility Study Into the Cost-Effective Capture, Validation and Verification of the Performance (and Resource Cost) of Complex Systems During the Design Process

PEnDAR (Performance ENsurance by Design, Analysing Requirements) is an InnovateUK funded collaborative project between Test and Verification Systems (T&VS), Predictable Network Solutions (Lead Participant), and Vodafone Group.

With society’s increasing dependence on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) the need for better means to predict and assure the performance of critical infrastructure grows.  Today, the performance of large-scale Cyber Physical Systems and System of Systems is often an unplanned emergent property that can vary substantially during operational lifetime.  Although this hazard is sometimes validated as part of system commissioning, it often finds its way into deployed systems, impinging on the systems usefulness as well as increasing the total lifetime cost.

The PEnDAR project is a study into the feasibility of systematically considering both performance and resource costs early in the system development lifecycle (SDLC). The goal is to consider how to enable the Validation & Verification of cost and performance in the field of distributed and hierarchical systems via sophisticated but easy-to-use tools.

It is thought likely that this approach will be applicable to both new and established systems and be able to support both initial and ongoing incremental development.

This feasibility study aims to investigate the technical issues involved in effectively incorporating the mature mathematical techniques already available to capture, validate and verify the performance (and resource cost) of such complex systems during the design process rather than as an emergent property from the design process.

T&VS Contribution

As part of this collaborative project T&VS investigated the following critical items and incorporated the results into the final project report.

  • The feasibility of integrating performance V&V into a safety standards-compliant process suitable for safety-critical applications such as automotive.
  • Extending existing standards-compliant requirement sign-off tools to manage the capture and decomposition of performance/resource V&V requirements into specifications, features and sign-off criteria.
  • How the performance V&V process can be incorporated into a standards-compliant workflow for safety-critical applications.
  • Assessed the potential savings of performance/resource V&V in automotive software development and the potential benefits of applying a similar methodology in the SoS integration market.

Deliverables – Slideshare & Recordings

The findings from the study are planned to be presented as a paper in a special issue of IEEE Design & Test.

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If you would be interested in applying the lessons from this project to your business please contact one of our V&V consultants today.


Alternatively call one of our local sales offices.

 

T&VS Awarded Place On The UK Government G-Cloud 9 Procurement Framework To Provide Cloud Support Services

22 May 2017,  Bristol, UK. – Test and Verification Solutions (T&VS), a leading hardware verification and software testing provider is proud to announce its appointment as a supplier to the UK government’s public sector cloud framework G-Cloud 9, under Cloud Support Services.

The G-Cloud procurement framework is part of the UK Governments Digital Marketplace, giving public sector organisations an easy solution for sourcing specialists for Cloud-related projects.  Eliminating the need for buyers to run complicated tenders, purchasing through the G-Cloud 9 framework is designed to make the purchase of Cloud services both faster and cheaper for public sector bodies.  Offering the dual benefit of shorter procurement cycles and faster service deployment.

This year has seen T&VS update their product solution set ready for G-Cloud 9, with a focus on the current industry challenges and the latest innovative testing solutions, including:

G-Cloud 8 Framework“T&VS have delivered a number of testing solutions to the public sector over the last 9 years and we have enjoyed great success providing testing services that have added real value” said Dr Mike Bartley CEO of T&VS. “Being awarded G-Cloud 9 is a major achievement for T&VS and we aim to continue to be the right choice for quality testing services in the public sector.”

About the Crown Commercial Service (CCS)

CCS works with both departments and organisations across the whole of the public sector to ensure maximum value is extracted from every commercial relationship and improve the quality of service delivery. The CCS goal is to become the “go-to” place for expert commercial and procurement services.

About T&VS

T&VS (Test and Verification Solutions Ltd) provides services and products to organisations developing complex products in the microelectronics and embedded systems industries. Such organisations use T&VS to verify their hardware and software products, employ industry best practice and manage peaks in development and testing programmes. T&VS’ embedded software testing services includes onsite/offshore testing support including assistance with safety certification and security testing. T&VS hardware verification services include onsite/offshore verification support and training in advanced verification methodologies. T&VS also offers Verification IPs and its own Verification (EDA) signoff tool.

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T&VS Part of Consortium Developing Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

£4.2 million CAPRI project will culminate in trials of an autonomous mobility service at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, UK

3 May 2017, BRISTOL, UK – T&VS (Test and Verification Solutions), a leading verification services provider for semiconductor IP, hardware and software, today announced that it is part of the consortium that has secured more than £4.2 million of funding from Innovate UK and the Centre for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV).

The project will deliver a pilot scheme that could pave the way for the use of connected and autonomous vehicles to move people around airports, hospitals, business parks, shopping and tourist centres.

Mike Bartley, CEO and Founder said, “Our experience in safety and security verification will help enable the project to deliver technical solutions for CAVs that provide real-world benefits to users while making sure they operate reliably, safely and securely.”

The pilot project, includes the design, development and testing of new autonomous and connected Pods on-Demand (PODs), culminating in on-road public trials at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The AECOM-led CAPRI (Connected & Autonomous POD on-Road Implementation) consortium brings together 20 partnering organisations, including T&VS, that have a wide range of skills, knowledge and needs in the CAVs arena. The project will include the development of the next generation of PODs, as well as the systems and technologies that will allow the vehicles to navigate safely and seamlessly in both pedestrian and road environments.

The CAPRI consortium was awarded the funding as part of a CCAV and Innovate UK competition to invest £35 million in industry-led research and development projects on CAVs.

About T&VS

T&VS (Test and Verification Solutions Ltd) provides services and products to organisations developing complex products in the microelectronics and embedded systems industries. Such organisations use T&VS to verify their hardware and software products, employ industry best practice and manage peaks in development and testing programmes. T&VS’ embedded software testing services includes onsite/offshore testing support including assistance with safety certification and security testing. T&VS hardware verification services include onsite/offshore verification support and training in advanced verification methodologies. T&VS also offers Verification IPs and its own Verification (EDA) signoff tool.

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Mike Bartley on Exclusive List of Top 50 Entrepreneurs Honoured at House of Commons

30 March 2017 – Bristol, UK – Mike Bartley, CEO and founder of Test and Verification Solutions Limited (T&VS), a Bristol based company, celebrated being announced as a top 50 entrepreneur by SETsquared, the global number one university business incubator. The announcement took place on 29 March at the House of Commons.

Mike was on an exclusive list selected from over 1,000 entrepreneurs who have been supported by SETsquared during the last 15 years. SETsquared supports high growth tech companies that have significant economic impact, having collectively raised over £1bn of investment and created over 9,000 jobs.

Mike Bartley has developed T&VS into a global leader in the test and verification of complex hardware and software systems to ensure they are reliable, safe and secure. T&VS now has offices in six countries and employees around 200 staff. Since forming in 2008 the company has seen revenue and profit grow every year from a client base that now stands at over 100 companies; large, SME and start-up.

Speaking of the achievement, Mike Bartley said: “I have received excellent support from SETsquared over the years, especially in the areas of sales and marketing. I came from a very technical background and the level of world-class expertise that I access through SETSquared has really helped grow the company.”

SETsquared worked with an expert panel of investors and corporate leaders to select the Top 50 Entrepreneurs.

Michael Queen, an investor on the panel commented: “Creating a successful business requires talented entrepreneurs and a great idea but this isn’t enough. SETsquared acts as a catalyst providing support, logistics, training and mentoring to turn dreams into reality.

The reception at the House of Commons was an opportunity for the entrepreneurs to celebrate their achievements along with MPs and special guests, as well as sharing stories on how they have successfully raised investment, exported products globally or had a major impact on their industry.

Simon Bond

Simon Bond, Innovation Director at SETsquared, said: “When I look back on the last 15 years, I am overwhelmed by the talent and achievements of the entrepreneurs that SETsquared has supported. “They have brought world-leading innovations to market and these have been exported across the globe.”

To see the full top 50 list, visit: www.setsquared.co.uk/top50

About T&VS

T&VS (Test and Verification Solutions Ltd) provides services and products to organisations developing complex products in the microelectronics and embedded systems industries. Such organisations use T&VS to verify their hardware and software products, employ industry best practice and manage peaks in development and testing programmes. T&VS’ embedded software testing services includes onsite/offshore testing support including assistance with safety certification and security testing. T&VS hardware verification services include onsite/offshore verification support and training in advanced verification methodologies. T&VS also offers Verification IPs and its own Verification (EDA) signoff tool.

About SETsquared

SETsquared is a long-standing partnership between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey which specialises in growing high-tech start-ups through its incubation programme and other business acceleration services. SETsquared provides mentoring, access to investors and corporate innovators and a wide range of industry experts through its network and training programmes.

Its business incubation programme is ranked by the University Business Incubator Index as the best in the world and over the last decade it has helped over 1,000 high-tech start-ups to develop and raise more than a £1bn of investment.

Independent research carried out by Warwick Economics estimates the economic impact of SETsquared member companies to be £3.8bn over this period, with the creation of 9,000 jobs and that these companies will go on to deliver a further £8.6bn of impact to the UK economy in the decade ahead.

Codasip and T&VS Deliver Advanced RISC-V Verification Solutions

10 March 2017, BRNO, CZECH Republic – Codasip, a leading RISC-V processor IP provider, and T&VS (Test and Verification Solutions), a leading verification services provider for semiconductor IP, hardware and software, today announced a broad collaboration to accelerate the verification of products based on the Codix-Bk series of RISC-V compliant processor cores.

The partnership ensures companies can be confident selecting the precise RISC-V configuration they require. The combination of Codasip’s IP generation technology and the highly-automated T&VS validated verification flows means that even the most specific configurations can be quickly verified to the highest standards. Such a capability will be essential to fully exploit the flexible, open-source RISC-V instruction set architecture (ISA).

“I am extremely pleased to see this robust solution coming into place.”, said Rick O’Connor, Executive Director of the RISC-V Foundation. “It is further evidence of the healthy and rapid growth of the RISC-V ecosystem.”

Interest in the RISC-V ISA has grown incredibly quickly and the principal advantages for design teams are the non-proprietary nature of the ISA, the availability of implementations and infrastructure from a range of suppliers and the design freedom allowed by the RISC-V standard.  However this flexibility poses a challenge for verification. Since a wide range of function/power/performance variants are possible, there is no off-the-shelf set of RISC-V validation tests, no single verification testbench, nor even a single verification flow, to fully verify an implementation.

“For customers that are now committing to RISC-V’s verification and validation have become a top concern, and rightly so.”, said Karel Masarik, CEO, Codasip, “Codasip’s partnership with T&VS allows our customers to benefit from the outstanding capabilities of T&VS as a verification company and the RISC-V UVM environment automation capabilities intrinsic to our IP.”

RISC-V verification becomes a challenge as particular functionality/performance combination that a design requires is not available in an off-the-shelf configuration. In these circumstances someone has to produce a variant of the design (RTL + Software Development Kit (SDK)) and verify it. This is clearly a challenge for RISC-V providers, whether they are Silicon IP (SIP) companies or service organizations within large companies.

“In order to thoroughly and quickly verify a new variant of the RISC-V it is crucial to have a strategy that covers the whole RISC-V family, both at the architectural and micro-architectural levels.” said Mike Bartley, CEO, T&VS, “Working with Codasip removes the guesswork from our strategy since they are able to generate new variants of the cores very rapidly, meaning that we are prepared for just about anything.”

Learn more about RISC-V IP and Verification at Embedded World 2017.

  • Visit Codasip (Booth # 3-627)
  • Visit T&VS (Booth # 3-555)

About Codasip

Codasip delivers leading-edge processor IP technology that provides the advantages of industry standard processor IP with the ability to optimize for your unique application. Codasip’s unique model-based processor IP, and application analysis technology, makes processor customization and optimization available to any design team. As a founding member of the RISC-V foundation (riscv.org) and long term supplier of LLVM and GNU based processor solutions Codasip is committed to open standards for embedded processors. Formed in 2006 and headquartered in Brno, Czech Republic, Codasip currently has offices in the US and Europe. More information on Codasip’s products and services is available at www.codasip.com.

About T&VS

T&VS (Test and Verification Solutions Ltd) provides services and products to organisations developing complex products in the microelectronics and embedded systems industries. Such organisations use T&VS to verify their hardware and software products, employ industry best practice and manage peaks in development and testing programmes. T&VS’ embedded software testing services includes onsite/offshore testing support including assistance with safety certification and security testing. T&VS hardware verification services include onsite/offshore verification support and training in advanced verification methodologies. T&VS also offers Verification IPs and its own Verification (EDA) signoff tool.

About the RISC-V Foundation

RISC-V (pronounced “risk-five”) is a new instruction set architecture (ISA) that was originally designed to support computer architecture research and education and is now set to become a standard open architecture for industry implementations under the governance of the RISC-V Foundation. The RISC-V ISA was originally developed in the Computer Science Division of the EECS Department at the University of California, Berkeley.

The RISC-V Foundation, a non-profit corporation controlled by its members, directs the future development and drives the adoption of the RISC-V ISA. Members of the RISC-V Foundation have access to and participate in the development of the RISC-V ISA specifications and related HW / SW ecosystem. riscv.org.

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T&VS Win ‘Innovate UK’ Grant to Develop Advanced Verification Methods for Complex Cyber Physical Systems

PRESS RELEASE

Cyber Physical Systems08 March – Bristol, UK.  Test and Verification Solutions (T&VS), a leader in software test and hardware verification solutions, today announced that it has won a grant from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, to develop advanced hardware verification and validation (V&V) techniques that can cope with the increasing size and complexity of Cyber Physical Systems (CPS).

Autonomous vehicles, smart cardiac devices, intelligent power grids, Industry 4.0 manufacturing and the Internet of Things (IoT) are all examples of the new breed of smart cyber physical systems that combine communications and sensory input with machine based decision making to control physical systems.  Tremendous progress has been made in advancing CPS technology over the last five years but the development of new methods in V&V needs to be accelerated to keep pace with these advances.

mike-bartley-ress-image“Smart cyber physical systems are driving innovation in many industries but their size and complexity is stretching our traditional verification and validation methods.” said Dr Mike Bartley, CEO and founder of T&VS.  “Through this early-stage innovation program we expect to create new V&V methods that will help ensure that the next generation of cyber physical systems will meet their requirements and remain dependable, safe and secure, whatever their size and complexity.”

The T&VS project is part of the Innovate UK and Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) competition for funding that is investing up to £580,000 into ‘Software Verification & Validation for Complex Systems’.  The funding is aimed at stimulating innovation throughout the software development lifecycle (SDLC) while focusing on the verification and validation (V&V) of two classes of complex systems: Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) and systems with emergent behaviours.

About Innovate UK

Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency.  It works with people, companies and partner organisations to find and drive the science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy.  For further information, visit: www.innovateuk.gov.uk

About TVS

TVS provides test and verification related products and services to organisations developing complex products in the microelectronics, embedded systems, software and Internet of Things (IoT) industries.  Such organisations use TVS to verify their hardware and software products, employ industry best practice and manage peaks in development and testing programmes.  TVS is headquartered in the UK and operates globally from local offices in France, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore and the USA and through a network of international partners.  TVS is ranked amongst the top 200 fastest growing EMEA technology companies in the Deloitte Fast 500 awards.

Contact

Dr. Mike Bartley

TVS Founder and CEO

+44 7796 307958

[email protected]

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Intelligent Testing Conference Slides and Recordings Available

The slides and recordings from the second “Intelligent Testing” Conference are now available on our website.  You can listen to the keynote from Rolls Royce talking about using agile in embedded software development and static analysis plus many more:

  • Intelligent Testing in Complex Environments
  • Get Yourself Covered
  • Static Analysis – What, Why, Where, When, Who and How
  • Agile and CI for Embedded Software and Tool Development
  • Static Analysis and Formal Proof for Software Systems using the MALPAS Toolset
  • Virtual Platform Software Simulation for Enhanced Multi-core Software Verification
  • Harnessing Sophisticated Assertion Checking Through Runtime Testing

The presentations were informative and worth reviewing if you couldn’t attend the conference (or hearing again).

TVS Encouraging Children into Careers in Computing

Mike Bartley, CEO of TVS, is keen to encourage the next generation of children into careers in developing our future computer-based technologies.

In his role as Chair of the British Computer Society in Bristol, Mike has been collaborating with the University of Bristol and @Bristol to put on free events with lots of hands-on opportunities to develop new technology.  These events featured on a recent BBC article.

The next event will highlight gaming – using the latest technologies to develop exciting games. Registration is completely free and easy.

Hope to see you there!

T&VS gets ISO 9001:2008 accreditation

JAS-ANZ-BSCICT&VS, the TVS Indian subsidiary, are pleased to announce their ISO 9001:2008 certification.  T&VS has been awarded the certification for providing products and solutions in the Hardware Verification and Software Testing domains. The assessment qualifies the T&VS systems and processes used for the project management and delivery of client projects, employee training and skill evaluation, and various administration processes.

The certification is yet another milestone in the growing list of T&VS achievements which have seen it grow to an employee size of 70 in less than 2 years.