Goals and objectives

Systems Engineering has impact on very large markets, e.g., electronics embedded in products such as automobiles has a market size 100x the size of the desktop market. Improving its efficiency and competitiveness can be of fundamental importance for the European industry as the functional and non functional requirements on future generation products become gradually unmanageable due to their ever increasing complexity. Industries such as Telco service providers, Retail and Financial Services exploit the Internet in new and creative ways that dramatically increase efficiency and revenues. The system engineering industry has not been able to unleash this potential in the design and test of its products.

In this project we propose to leverage the concept of Internet of Things, establishing the foundation for the Internet of System Engineering. Based on an Internet-like service infrastructure the SPRINT Networked Environment will provide the virtual blending via Internet of all "things" pertaining to a complex system: sensors, actuators, processing elements, system design tools and models and design teams that are in general spread over different geographical locations. The platform will include novel early verification approaches that involve virtual integration of mathematical models of components to alleviate the problem of late error discovery while supporting the entire cycle of product development: design, integration, verification and deployment. This research will open a new vista on the use of Internet of Things that may change radically the way in which systems are designed and tested.

To assess the results of this innovative research in a tangible fashion, the SPRINT project will establish a measurement activity to show the achievement of the objectives. The measurement will be done against a set of verifiable set of indicators. A set of indicators is displayed in the following table.

Objective Indicators and quantitative goals
To integrate tools and models of the whole development cycle Tools shall be able to share data by using models in a seamless way over multiple development process steps.

Goal: All tools used in the industrial case study shall be integrated.
To integrate physical devices in the design process Real physical devices shall be integrated into the design process, by using abstraction mechanisms. This early integration of these devices shall reduce the overall development lifecycle.

Goal: The overall development cycle shall be reduced by 30%, as compared to the existing design cycle.
To base the integration on semantic contracts Integration of system designs and physical components is not only done on syntactical but also on semantic level.

Goal: Contracts between components either logical or physical in the industrial case study are define on syntactical and semantic level.
To demonstrate feasibility of the approach by applying it in industrial case studies The feasibility of the approach is shown in industrial case studies.

Goal: Interconnecting within the Internet of System Engineering multiple design teams in different locations, with many design, test and simulation tools; and physical devices.
To create an open specification for the Internet of Engineering The specification of the Sprint Platform will be made public to allow the easy integration of 3rd party results.

Goal: The SPRINT Platform Specification is available to general public. A community driven process for further developing the specification is established. Parts of the specification are proposed to standardisation in international standardisation bodies.