TÜV SÜD Automotive GmbH and Freiburg-based SynSpace GmbH have announced plans to cooperate in the fields of functional safety and process management in the future. By entering this cooperation, TÜV SÜD will expand its service portfolio, adding an integrated approach to design and development processes and functional safety requirements, and thus emphasise its goal of being an integrated provider of testing and certification services for safety-related electronic systems used in the automotive industry.
The number of electronic systems in vehicles is constantly rising. In November 2011, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published the ISO 26262 standard that governs the functional safety of these systems. As the design and development of electrical and electronic systems grows increasingly complex, it further requires a high level of process maturity. In the automotive industry, this is achieved by using method frameworks including Automotive SPICE® and CMMi. In this context, there is a high degree of overlapping between process requirements from the perspectives of process maturity and functional safety. However, in practice these two subject areas are frequently analysed using isolated approaches. To exploit these synergies to the users' advantage, TÜV SÜD and SynSpace are joining forces and will offer comprehensive service packages in the future. Services extend from training, workshops and certification of persons (functional safety certification program, FSCP) to process consultancy, third-party safety assessment and operational support with the implementation of functional safety requirements as well as product and process certification.
Andreas Bärwald, TÜV SÜD Automotive Division, Business Unit Manager Quality and Safety, says, "Our cooperation with SynSpace will enable us to offer our clients an integrated service package on functional safety including in-depth assessment and optimisation of their process landscape carried out by a consultancy firm specialising in process, project and quality management that has been established on the market for over 20 years. Our clients will benefit from tangible value-added, as the integrated functional safety and process analysis will reduce their workload significantly."
Michael Landwehr, SynSpace, Director Sales & Marketing adds, "Based on this partnership, we can offer our clients all services related to functional safety in premium quality and from a single source. In TÜV SÜD we have found a partner offering an excellent reputation and global operations."
Registration for the new cross-training sessions on Functional Safety and Automotive SPICE® is now possible. The training, which will be offered as an open course at TÜV SÜD in Munich and as customer-specific in-house training, will start in the 2nd quarter of 2013. Integrated process analysis including delivery of a summary assessment report on functional safety and Automotive SPICE® is now available.
Further information can be found at http://www.tuev-sued.de/automotive_en