ARTiSAN's Real-time Studio Professional and KnowGravity's CASSANDRA/xUML Provide a Model Driven Architecture Tool Chain to UIC's Euro-Interlocking Project

10/18/2002 - ARTiSAN Software Tools, a global leader for UML-based, real-time systems and software modeling tools, and KnowGravity, an International team of experts in system and software engineering, announced that their Real-time Studio Professional / CASSANDRA/xUML tool chain is being used on the International Union of Railways' Euro-Interlocking Project. The tool chain consists of the modeling of UML specifications within Real-time Studio and the immediate execution and validation of the model within CASSANDRA/xUML, even prior to code generation. Validation and execution of UML specifications at a high level of abstraction is perfectly aligned with the Object Management Group's Model Driven Architecture (MDA) initiative.

Markus Schacher, a founder of KnowGravity, commented: "The functionality of the system can be tested as soon as specified, long before the first line of code has been written. This allows debugging on the high abstraction level of a UML model instead of on the level of a specific programming language. Furthermore, the built-in regression tester allows the recording of manual test sequences and thus the complete automation of specification-tests. The CASSANDRA/xUML simulation environment was developed to support railway signaling systems, and will provide an excellent environment for the analysis of any control behavior, from military command and control systems to power-plant automation. This analysis is particularly valuable for systems where safety or reliability is a concern, in order to demonstrate that the system behavior meets its design constraints."

Jeremy Goulding, President and CEO of ARTiSAN Software added: "The Real-time Studio and CASSANDRA/xUML tool chain is being productively used on the Euro-Interlocking Project to validate the correctness of UML specifications for safety-critical railway interlocking systems, and both ARTiSAN and KnowGravity are pleased to be among of the first companies providing a true Model Driven Architecture solution in the real-time embedded market, especially on such a large project. This integration is a powerful addition to the toolbox of any systems engineer, and adds to the already impressive modeling and documentation capabilities of Real-time Studio. It is also an excellent example of the openness of Real-time Studio and the use of the OLE Automation interface."

"OMG continues to see impressive design wins with astounding productivity gains from projects implementing an MDA strategy, and this one will be no exception, " remarked Richard Soley, Chairman and CEO of the Object Management Group." This latest solution from ARTiSAN and KnowGravity shows that OMG's Model Driven Architecture is the right way to build systems that work and respond quickly to changing infrastructure requirements, such as the International Union of Railways' Euro-Interlocking Project."

Real-time Studio is currently the only modeling tool with which CASSANDRA/xUML can provide an executable UML specification. Integration with other CASE tools is planned. CASSANDRA/xUML as well as the underlying CASSANDRA platform are available at no cost from KnowGravity. In cooperation with ARTiSAN, KnowGravity offers an xUML Starter Kit that proves the advantages of xUML on a real customer example as an "all-included" package for an unbeatable price. CASSANDRA/xUML will be made available to the general market in November 2002.

About ARTiSAN Software Tools
ARTiSAN Software Tools provides electronic product development teams with the "fastest path to the right product." The company offers products, services and a process for systems and software modeling to accelerate the development of next-generation real-time systems while ensuring that they meet requirements. ARTiSAN enables engineering teams to visualize, design and validate systems before building them, and simplifies implementation with code generation and software reuse. ARTiSAN is a practical partner offering easy-to-adopt, down-to-earth solutions. ARTiSAN Software Tools, Inc., founded in March 1997, is privately held with headquarters in Portland, Oregon and Cheltenham, United Kingdom. The company has regional sales offices and distributors throughout the world.

About KnowGravity
KnowGravity's focus lies in provisioning of know-how in the areas of system and software engineering as well as software technologies. This know-how is provided via five different channels: training, consulting, application, brokering, and automation of knowledge. All employees of the company are specialized generalists with a holistic and interdisciplinary approach. This makes KnowGravity Inc. a competent partner for practical transfer and application of professional engineering. Headquartered in Zürich, Switzerland, KnowGravity was founded in April 2001 by an established team of software engineers as a spin-off from a larger Swiss IT company. KnowGravity intensively collaborates with its international partners Model Systems (Europe) Ltd., London, England and Model Systems Consultants Inc, Seattle, WA, USA, in addition to various Swiss partners.

ARTiSAN and Real-time Studio are trademarks or registered trademarks of Artisan Software Tools Ltd. KnowGravity and CASSANDRA/xUML are trademarks or registered trademarks of KnowGravity, Inc.

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