In the past ten years, Qamcom has established itself as a lead provider of services within the System Safety area; including functional safety. A department of 15 dedicated safety experts (including system and sensor-experts) with a combined experience of more than 170 years, today advise all major Swedish automotive companies such as Veoneer, Zenuity, Volvo Cars, Scania, Volvo Trucks, CEVT, and so on. Their experience in system safety is mainly ISO 26262 but also include IEC 61508, DO 178C and ISO 13849. They are actively participating in the national (AG8) and international working group (WG8) for ISO 26262 and ISO NWI 21448 (SOTIF). During the initial development of the first edition of ISO 26262, they were involved with the development of the concept of Safety Element out of Context.
The current and foreseeable trend, in the automotive, and other industries, is an increasing level and scope of automation. A challenge is to ensure that the increasingly complex functions are developed with safety in mind. The nominal capability of the system has to be adequate to realize the function, and the system must also be capable of safely handling adverse and fault conditions. Also, there must be:
- Conformance to an adequate process. Qamcom believes that any safety process must rest on top of solid foundations that include sufficient A-SPICE capability and an adequate quality management system. Qamcom has the experience in developing, implementing, and auditing development processes.
- Complete and consistent documentation. For the latter, the documentation has to defensibly justify that system is acceptably safe for a specific application in a specific operating environment. A key part of this is known as a safety case: A structured argument, supported by evidence, intended to justify a claim of safety. The system must be architected keeping in mind that it must be able for a third-party assessment to conclude adequate safety. Another key part is traceability, for example, of requirements, intended to justify a claim of safety.
- Safety Culture. A product is either safe or not. Not achieving safety can be, for example, due to lack of resources in the project or lack of understanding at the management level. Qamcom can apply their experience and assist a client to improve safety culture and in the end make products which are both safe and efficient.
Qamcom has safety presence at Gothenburg and Linköping.