The main ambition of ARTEMIS is to overcome fragmentation in the Embedded Systems industry by cutting barriers between application sectors, so as to “de-verticalise” the industry and establish a new Embedded Systems industry that supplies the tools and technology that are today quite separate, but will in future be shared across a wide range of application sectors.
This activity indicates the strong position of ARTEMIS Industry Association in the ECSEL-JTI activities also in terms of Cyber-Physical Systems. In particular, interoperability for tool-chain building, as well as for workflow, is essential to reduce development time and cost. Greater accuracy and higher quality of results are also vital to retaining safety properties as product complexity increases. Some ARTEMIS projects have indicated great potential here and this should be considered in Tool Platforms, so-called ATPs, as well as for interoperability to the large PDM systems. To realise this vision, standardisation of interfaces between the tools’ PDM system suppliers is needed, also in particular for the workflow in organisations whose business activities and structure have a geographical spread. The ARTEMIS community identified the need to foster the standardisation activities in project networks and Working Groups.
The Standardisation Working Group is looking not only for interoperability, but also for standards in the electronic organisations, e.g. ISO, IEEE, IEC. Up till now, the Standardisation Working Group has provided two Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) documents and has been active in the promotion of standardisation activities via the partners in the projects. The last SRA was established via the support action (CSA) called ProSE, where processes and standardisation activities are described and recommended. Also, the introduction of so-called industry-agreed regulations, which are not official standards, is described. Such an approach has a high priority for the success of standardisation, as an agreement within industry is a prerequisite for the application of a standard.
The Standardisation Working Group should be seen as a group of experts which provides direct support for projects by communicating with the respective partners in the projects. In particular, the interoperability specification is one of the topics for the coming period. Within the interoperability theme, a lot of activities were created through projects. Enough progress has been made in recent years in order to start closer interactions with the ARTEMIS-IA Tool Platforms and to involve the EICOSE institute in incubating necessary follow-up projects.
For all three activities, the interoperability specification is essential. Therefore, structured cooperation between the Working Groups requires synchronised activities. Based on internal discussions, it was agreed that the Tool Platform, along with other activities, will deal mainly with the various projects in terms of IOS results and harmonisation. In addition, the Standardisation Working Group will take over the interaction with standardisation bodies to bring the results to European and world standards. It is clear that close cooperation and interaction between the Working Groups are essential.
The Standardisation Working Group initiated the CP-SETIS project, a H2020 project to further develop activities to support interoperability achievements from ARTEMIS-JU and ECSEL-JU projects.
CPS require multiple engineering competences across various engineering disciplines. The development of such systems is a huge challenge, also because of the heterogeneity of engineering tools involved in development platforms across the development lifecycle. In order to overcome this challenge, past and ongoing EU research projects have developed the basis for an International Open Standard for Development Tool Interoperability, the so-called Interoperability Specification (IOS). The IOS Specifications are collected within a database, which can be openly accessed by all stakeholders. This collection is preliminary, yet, but will be completed by ICF members.
CP-SETIS created a Forum, the IOS Cooperation Forum (ICF) to host the database and the further IOS developments. This ICF will be continued by ARTEMIS-IA as activity within the WG Standardisation.