TNI-Software’s ReqCenter is the first open, standards-based platform that addresses the need for peer-to-peer requirements sharing and exchange independently of the different Requirements Management tools being used by the various companies in the embedded systems design chain.
ReqCenter is based on an intelligent client and light MySQL server and the newly introduced RIF Component Specification Exchange import/export format. RIF is the standard created by HIS, a joint standard initiative of the German automotive industry, to meet the component requirements specification challenges presented by the burgeoning electronic and mechatronic content in vehicles. Developed for the benefit of both OEMs and suppliers, the RIF format already appears to be impacting the embedded software development industry as a whole.
ReqCenter standardizes and automates requirements sharing ensuring repeatability, consistency and coherence to the various processes and practices in place. It better facilitates the relationship between OEMs and their tier suppliers where there is a need to exchange component and system specifications, supporting the arbitration on requirements for the creation of mutually agreeable specification configurations for the life-cycle of a development project. ReqCenter supports both upstream and downstream component and system specification exchange, specification configuration management and even requirements variant handling, engineering change orders and change management decisions. From a quality perspective, it also facilitates the definition of global organisational development standards and multi-project design re-use in a simple and consistent way through the management and sharing of international, company or domain-specific requirements libraries.
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