Rockwell Collins' Total Entertainment System Inspected by Reasoning

3/3/2003 - Reasoning, the leading provider of automated software inspection services, announced it has successfully completed a pilot code inspection project for Rockwell Collins' enhanced Total Entertainment System (eTESTM).

Reasoning's Illuma service offered Rockwell Collins the right combination of appropriate use of scarce labor resources and identification of real defects to be fixed.

"We established four criteria for success in this project", said Bob Ellis, Engineering Director at Rockwell Collins. "Two criteria related to target numbers of defects that needed to be found, one related to the likelihood of the defects becoming apparent in the field, and one related to return on investment. Illuma met or exceeded our expectations in all four areas."

The detailed Illuma defect reports were used to drill down and analyze individual defects in individual files and determine which defects were in active paths, meaning they needed to be fixed before the next release. The Rockwell Collins team is also making use of the results of this pilot project to educate developers in defect avoidance and to evaluate the inspected code on a component-by-component basis, taking action based on a risk analysis of each defect found.

"The Illuma service is clearly good value for products that require high reliability and/or are in active development, particularly those involving multiple development teams," added Laurel Rudzik, Systems and Software Engineering Manager at Rockwell Collins. "Using Illuma also gives us a competitive edge that can be used to demonstrate how Rockwell Collins is working to improve customer experience through improved software quality."

Reasoning's Illuma finds the exact location of defects in C and C++ applications within 10 business days, which enables companies to increase development productivity by significantly reducing the time and cost to find defects. In addition, Reasoning offers Illuma as a service, allowing in-house resources to be focused on current development projects.

About eTESTM The enhanced Total Entertainment System (eTESTM) offers an on-demand audio/video digital system built on Rockwell Collins' TESTM system, first installed in 1998. The eTESTM system provides a modular design featuring enhanced entertainment functions and new high-speed connectivity options for the airline passenger. Passenger entertainment options include digital and/or analog video and audio, interactive menus, PC-quality games, Intranet pages for shopping and airline information, live Internet-browsing (on-ground provider needed) and telephone communications. The look-and-feel of the passenger interface is customized to match individual airline branding.

About Reasoning
Reasoning, Inc. is a leading provider of automated software inspection services that helps development organizations reduce the time and cost involved in finding software defects. The company's business is focused on organizations that develop C and C++ applications. Reasoning is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. Contact Reasoning at (650) 316-4400 or at

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