Avioncs Leaders Form DO-178 Industry Group

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Founding members Presagis and HighRely lead the way providing a central repository of tools and information for DO-178B

We believe the initiative will be of great assistance by providing relevant and timely information on this important subject.

Presagis, a leading provider of commercial-off-the shelf modeling, simulation and embedded display graphics software, and HighRely, the largest DO-178B and DO-254 services company in America, today announced the formation of the DO-178 Industry Group. This web-based portal will provide essential tools and guidance in support of projects requiring RTCA DO-178B certification. The DO-178B standard provides guidance to companies developing embedded systems for commercial and military avionics on how airborne systems and equipment should comply with airworthiness requirements.

HighRely and Presagis, along with the Group's other founding members, will work to deliver a clear understanding of how to use DO-178B in order to enable organizations to cost-effectively build embedded systems that follow the standard's guidelines.

"More than 1,000 companies rely on the DO-178B standard today and that number is growing," said Vance Hilderman, Co-founder, HighRely. "Over the last two decades the standard has grown in complexity and we need tools and services to help the industry meet DO-178B's rigorous requirements. This initiative is the first and only industry group that will create a community to foster collaboration and share best practices for the application of this safety-critical standard."

The DO-178 Industry Group's founding members are selected based on key areas of expertise in the embedded systems industry. HighRely, spearheading the overall vision for the Group, is the leading engineering services provider for critical embedded products. Presagis, a leader in software for safety-critical embedded display graphics development and a founding member of the Group, provides the industry with software tools to streamline the production of DO-178B certified avionics.

"The DO-178 Industry Group provides the embedded systems community with equal access to the best practices and technology needed to streamline development without compromising safety," said Patrice Commune, President, Presagis. "We believe the initiative will be of great assistance by providing relevant and timely information on this important subject."

Serving as the industry's most broadly accepted standard for quality in embedded systems, the DO-178B standard has been widely adopted for safety-critical embedded systems and is now mandatory for worldwide avionics. Compliance and certification with the standard requires organizations to adhere to strict software engineering processes and detailed procedural documentation throughout the engineering lifecycle. The DO-178 Industry Group offers best practices and tools for this process to deliver a consistent and accurate adoption of the standard.

For more information please visit http://www.do178site.com.

About DO-178 Industry Group
Bringing together all users, developers and providers of DO-178B related tools, the DO-178 Industry Group was formed by leading members of the avionics industry to advance the embedded systems community as a whole. The DO-178 Industry Group is open to vendors, services organizations, and industry association members that are committed to the development, implementation and broad adoption of the DO-178B standard, http://www.do178site.com.

About HighRely
HighRely's business includes partnerships and usage of Green Hills' Integrity-178B, Vector Software's VectorCast, VAPS & VAPS QCG from Presagis, Polyspace, and Telelogic for DO-178B and DO-254 services. HighRely's JumpCert-178B and JumpCert-254 enable clients to have a fast start on avionics military certification; these packages include training, start-up, checklists/process templates, and a detailed proposal listing all steps and total cost breakdown for a DO-178B and DO-254 project. Additional information can be found at http://www.highrely.com.

About Presagis
Presagis is a world leader in commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) modeling, simulation, and embedded display graphics software, and creator of the first unified COTS modeling and simulation software portfolio for the global aerospace and defense markets. Presagis is built on a combined legacy of innovation and service, delivering superior customer value through rapid technology advancement. The company services more than 1,000 active customers worldwide, including many of the world's most respected organizations such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Airbus, BAE Systems and CAE. For more information, visit http://www.presagis.com.

For more information, contact:
Tracey Ades
Director, Marketing Programs
(514) 341-3874 ext. 282

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