The vision of SPRINT is to allow engineers from various disciplines to collaborate using any software or physical device over vast distances.

As large systems engineering projects become ever larger and more complex, the difficulties and unforeseen costs that can arise from having different partners using different tools often in different countries cannot be overstated. The problem is further exacerbated during integration and testing when engineers start to physically put things together and they find that despite best practises and methodologies, the physical devices are unable to connect, communicate and/or operate with the rest of the system.

With access to the SPRINT platform, engineers can design different components in parallel and publish their models to a SPRINT server which is globally available to any engineer with a SPRINT enabled engineering tool. Using the SPRINT Information Bus, the Engineer can locate and use design data and transform it to the relevant domain and tool. This information can be enriched by another engineer using a different tool and then placed back into the common bus.

Systems Engineers can collaborate on design. Testing Engineers can capture design data while planning and executing tests. Integration Engineers can integrate early and often, starting with globally dispersed executable models, and later with globally dispersed physical devices.

A physical device could be a sensor, actuator, a circuit board or any other electrical component. By opening up the SPRINT platform to hardware-in-the-loop it is possible to start the testing and integration of different sub-systems at a much earlier stage in a project. There is no need to wait for every single piece of hardware to be built and brought to the same geographic location before being able to assess how well they work together.