The EUREKA ITEA Cluster TT-Medal project has achieved a major breakthrough for the European electronics industry by developing a generic solution to enable automated testing of software systems. The methodologies and tools developed in the project were validated in industrial-scale demonstrators for automotive, railway, financial and telecommunications applications, proving the feasibility of a significant improvement in test efficiency, effectiveness and product quality, leading to significant cuts in testing costs. As a result, the TT-Medal project provides a unique opportunity for European suppliers and consultants to position themselves better in a world market previously dominated by the USA.
Software increasingly provides the core functionality of electronics products – from mobile phones to railway signalling. Testing is fundamental to developing software-intensive systems as the sooner errors are identified, the cheaper they are to fix. But testing is extremely difficult to achieve exhaustively. There is also a serious shortage of software developers in Europe, slowing time to market.
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