MOVING TOWARD A SOFTWARE QUALITY PROCESS: A CASE STUDY OF THREE INDUSTRIES

Software makes IVHS applications flexible and intelligent. The industries that produce critical software controlled systems have become very concerned with issues of liability. The authors suggest that it would be very useful for IVHS America to take advantage of the lessons learned from other software industries, such as the medical and defense areas, regarding software reliability and safety. This paper focuses on three industries that have developed formal, well-defined safety and/or reliability procedures for their software procurement or "certification" process. The first case study discusses the medical devices industry and its regulating body, the FDA. The second case study presents a new approach being used by a segment of the Defense industry, specifically, the Air Force/Electronics Systems Division (AF/ESD). The third case study illustrates the Space industry's concerns, in particular, NASA's traditional development environment for a mature software process: its Space Shuttle must always operate, even during failures.

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  • English

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  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: v.p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00629275
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 19 1993 12:00AM