Intensification of WinTrust’s international activity, with diversification of geographic markets and innovative offer with high added value.
Within the XIVT (pronounced “shift”) project, a method and toolchain will be defined for testing highly configurable, variant-rich embedded systems in the automotive, rail, telecommunication, and industrial production domains. This enables a highly effective, cost-efficient quality assurance, allowing the shift to autonomous, flexible, and adaptive applications in these domains. Base of the method is a knowledge-based analysis of requirements formulated in natural language, and a model-based test generation on the product-line level. The XIVT project will result in modules and open-source packets for the enhancement of existing domain-specific testing tools, a reference implementation of the resulting method and toolchain, and an ecosystem of services around the proposed methodology.
The business relevance is in the application domains.
For automotive, OEM’s expect XIVT will decrease the validation costs of new products and potential variants for automotive systems in 3 years by at least 5%. Vehicles recall costs due to software bugs and flaws costing OEM’s billions annually, will be significantly reduced.
For the rail domain, European standards require that generic software modules must be tested with all deployable configuration data files. This is a huge cost factor and limits innovation speed. XIVT will enable a solution thereby providing significant value.
In industrial production, currently, 5-10% of testing of programmable logic controllers (PLC) is manual, resulting in expensive disruption of production, and important tests can only be performed and evaluated by experts slowing the process. While the industry is moving to simulation to test PLC’s, integration with XIVT will produce substantial benefits. It is expected that XIVT methods will result in higher test coverage, more flexible processes of higher quality, and better products.
Quality of Experience is defined as “the degree of delight or annoyance of the user of an application or service”. While QoE measurement is not easily accomplished as it is inherently subjective and dependent on the user, it should be regarded as a business imperative because most users will often quit a service or abandon a product before complaining about it.
The implementation of robust QoE frameworks potentiates the management of customer expectations and it is increasingly more important for loyalty and retention. InnSpect, our QoE commercial product, allows the automated testing of several features which are correlated to end-user satisfaction of set-top boxes, mobile devices and web services.
InnSpect was designed to test not only new products and services, but also to compare new firmware version with older ones and to industry standards, allowing an easy comparison with competitors and market KPIs. InnSpect simplifies the QoE testing process, saves time and developing costs, and shortens time to market.
InnSpect will be very useful for IoT, where multiple devices using distinct platforms need to seamlessly interact. The automated cross-testing of multiple parameters in distinct devices will be a great asset for companies, thus we envisaged this disruptive leap – InnSpect IoT. The IoT testing market is forecasted to grow from $303 Million in 2016 to $1,379 Million by 2021, at a CAGR of 35%.
Our company, WinTrust, part of the InnoWave group, is the expert branch for Testing with a global team of 100. Some of our major clients are the Vodafone Group (whom we manage the Set-Top-Boxes Vodafone TV international project) and NOS (top telco player in Portugal); EDP (Portuguese DSO validation of smart grid interfaces), and the Nokia Group (QoE partner). WinTrust has a dedicated team of 13 members for InnSpect, including new technology releases, R&D and business development. Our mother company, InnoWave, had 220 employees in 2017, generating 16M€ of turnover.