The ARTEMIS Joint Undertaking project CRYSTAL (Critical sYSTem engineering AcceLeration) takes up the challenge to establish and push forward an Interoperability Specification (IOS) and a Reference Technology Platform (RTP) as a European standard for safety-critical systems. This standard will allow loosely coupled tools to share and interlink their data based on standardized and open Web technologies that enables common interoperability among various life cycle domains. This reduces the complexity of the entire integration process significantly. Compared to many other research projects, CRYSTAL is strongly industry-oriented and will provide ready-to-use integrated tool chains having a mature technology-readiness-level (up to TRL 7).

Creating and establishing a new standard on a large scale in an already consolidated market cannot be achieved by individual organizations. With a budget of more than 82 million Euro and 71 partners from 10 different European countries, CRYSTAL has the critical mass to accomplish this endeavour. The project consortium is made up of participants from all relevant stakeholders, including OEMs, suppliers, tool vendors and academia.

In the frame of CRYSTAL, the proposed IOS and RTP are being applied in tangible industrial implementations in the form of demonstrators of proof of concepts. The industrial domains targeted are within automotive, aerospace, rail and health sectors. GMV is participating in the Aerospace Demonstrator “CRYSTAL space toolset applied to Avionics Control Unit Software generation, test, V&V and Certification” which implements the low-level software for an Avionics Control Unit. GMV evaluates the industrial applicability of the safety-analysis framework in the scope of space systems. In particular, the output artefacts produced in the aerospace use case are assessed with respect to the dependability and safety requirements extracted from ESA standards (ECSS-Q-ST-30C and ECSS-Q-ST-40C).

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CRYSTAL project is co-financed by ARTEMIS Joint Undertaking and Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, within the ARTEMIS Call for Proposals 2012, under Grant Agreement number 332830.