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Software safety by the numbers

Posted: 01 May 2004     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IEC 61508  safety-critical systems 

Software safety by the numbers

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) is an international standards body that prepares and publishes standards for all electrical, electronic, and related technologies. IEC 61508 is the standard governing the functional safety of programmable electronic systems. This standard is well established in the industrial process-control and automation industry and is finding a foothold in automotive, heavy machinery, mining, and other fields where safety and reliability are paramount.

Meeting the requirements of IEC 61508 for software development involves a systematic development process, emphasizing requirements traceability, criticality analysis, and validation.

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