Research project KI-LOK aims to develop certifiable test procedures for AI-based components in railroad technology

ITPower Solutions is a partner in a new research project investigating the use of new test methods in the development of AI-based systems. The aim of the project, called KI- Lokomotivesysteme (KI-LOK), is to develop test procedures and methods for the safeguarding and certification of AI-based technologies for safety-critical applications in railroad technology.

The research project is conducted by a project network of five companies and institutions. In addition to ITPower Solutions GmbH, the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, Thales Deutschland GmbH and neurocat GmbH are involved in the project implementation. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy within the framework of the “Neue Fahrzeug- und Systemtechnologien” funding guideline and is supported by TÜV-Rheinland.

The research project was motivated by the expected spread of AI solutions and machine learning (ML) in railroad technology. The use of such technologies will not be limited to comfort functions, but will increasingly push into safety-critical areas. However, no standardized methods and tools exist to ensure the functional safety of AI systems in railroad technology.

A key challenge here is posed by new properties of software for AI applications. The use of machine learning results in software products that are much more dynamic than the static algorithms of classical software. The behavior of such systems is often not transparent to analyze and is difficult to predict.

The expected project results can be summarized in three points. In a first step, methods and techniques for the verification and validation of AI systems will be developed. In a further step, the KI-LOK methodology will be used to provide a framework that aggregates appropriate tools and processes. In the third step, a KI-LOK demonstrator platform will be developed to show and evaluate the benefits of the developed techniques.

The running period of the project is from April 01, 2021 until March 31, 2024.


New research project PoC4Vet

ITPower Solutions is a partner in a new research project in the veterinary field. The project called PoC4Vet aims to develop a fast, mobile and reliable method for the detection of pathogens and to make it available as a PoC (Point of Care) application. This should provide physicians with important information for diagnosis and therapy.

Additional project partners are the Center for Embedded Systems ZeSys e.V. and the University of Potsdam’s Institute of Biochemistry and Biology. The project is supported by AiF Projekt GmbH and funded by the Central Innovation Program for SMEs (ZIM) of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

The PoC4Vet project aims to identify Leptospira bacteria. These bacteria trigger the infectious disease leptospirosis that occurs frequently in dogs. Until now, probes of the pathogen can only be analyzed in specialized laboratories.

Within the scope of the project a two-step procedure is envisaged. First the existence of the pathogen is confirmed by detecting specific antibodies. This method makes use of the optical properties of fluorescence-labeled antibodies, which are recognized with the aid of a detector. The pathogen is then tested for possible resistance to antibiotics.

The planned solution will be implemented as a mobile diagnostic device. The overall system will be controlled by a software module that will enable an automated diagnosis.

The Poc4Vet project started on 01 March 2021 and will be running over a period of two years.


Consulting partnership with Intland Software

ITPower Solutions has expanded its partner network. As a service provider for complex software development projects, ITPower Solutions is continuously looking for powerful technologies and innovative know-how. Therefore, we are proud to announce our consulting partnership with Intland Software. Intland Software is the developer and provider of industry-leading software tools for the development and deployment of safety-critical technologies.

The company’s flagship product, codeBeamer ALM, is a fully integrated end-to-end software platform for application lifecycle management, including support for regulation-compliant development processes. Intland Software’s tools help reduce the time, risk and cost of product innovation and regulatory compliance.

“Through our partnership with Intland Software, we strengthen our consulting expertise in the area of ALM services and ensure the high quality of our services provided to our customers.”

Dr. Sadegh Sadeghipour
Founder and Managing Director ITPower Solutions GmbH


New add-on for ContinoProva available

ContinoProva is an efficient test tool for automated testing of embedded software. In order to offer new users a simple and quick access to ContinoProva, we have created the add-on BlinkTest Simulation, which allows you to get to know the features and behavior of ContinoProva within a given test scenario.

For this purpose, we have developed a simulation environment consisting of a test object and a tool environment. The simulation demonstrates how tests are specified, structured and executed. Errors in the test run are recognized by the tool and shown in the test report. Specifically, BlinkTest simulates an emergency braking situation of a vehicle to test if the emergency brake warning light operates correctly. During the test execution, the test components react to inputs from ContinoProva and provide the necessary data for test evaluation.

Although test cases and the test environment will be much more complex in real test projects, BlinkTest allows the user to experience a simplified but realistic test scenario.

The BlinkTest simulation environment is available now in the ContinoProva download area and on our evaluation website.


TISAX test result is available

ITPower Solutions GmbH constantly attaches great importance to confidentiality, availability and integrity in handling information. We are also obliged to meet the special requirements in terms of information security that apply in the automotive industry. We achieve this at the highest level by taking extensive measures to protect sensitive and confidential information.

Therefore, ITPower Solutions GmbH conducted the examination procedure for TISAX certification. TISAX stands for “Trusted Information Security Assessment Exchange” and is a standard for information security developed by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA). It is based on the Information Security Assessment (ISA) developed by the VDA – a list of questions based on the ISO 27001 standard.

The TISAX assessment was conducted in November 2020 by the accredited testing institute operational services GmbH & Co. KG. TISAX and the TISAX results are not intended for the general public. The result is exclusively retrievable over the ENX Portal: https://portal.enx.com/de-DE/

TISAX is a registered trademark of the ENX Association


The introduction of MDR has been postponed – Use the time

The introduction of the new Medical Device Regulation 2017/75 (MDR) poses challenges for many companies in terms of risk analysis and regulatory compliance of processes for the development of their products. The effective date, originally scheduled for this year, has now been postponed to May 26, 2021, due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

Many companies complained in advance about the additional burden arising to get their products certified. The postponement of the MDR’s effective date provides companies with valuable time to ensure the conformity of their products in advance of certification by a Notified Body. This time should be used wisely to achieve certification readiness in time!

ITPower Solutions offers comprehensive risk analysis and consulting for embedded software development. We have many years of experience in the field of development and quality assurance of embedded systems in safety-sensitive industries such as medical technology and the automotive industry. We work according to the respective guidelines and standards of the industry such as ISO13485 and IEC EN 62304 in medical technology or ISO26262 in the automotive industry.

In addition to our consulting activities we also offer extensive operational capacities. We have extensive project experience in the area of embedded software testing and use this knowledge for our consulting activities. This enables us to offer you experience-driven consulting services.

In the context of MDR implementation we can support you in many ways, e.g. by:



Our services cover the entire development cycle of embedded software.

Learn more about our services.


Research project on the attack-based automation of security testing for IoT applications

In a current research project funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy through its Central Innovation Programme for SMEs (ZIM), ITPower Solutions as part of a five-member consortium is developing a new method for securing IoT applications. The importance of the issue is due to the increasing interconnection of electronic devices towards the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) and the resulting security challenges these systems face.

Project partners in the consortium are ITPower Solutions GmbH, quapona technologies GmbH, the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems (FOKUS) and the University of Leipzig.

The research project aims to develop a continuously automated solution for tool-supported security testing for IoT applications. This solution includes an automated generation of test cases, automated test execution and a sensor-based test evaluation in order to detect vulnerabilities. Among other things, this will support the development of effective patches to eliminate security vulnerabilities in IoT applications.

The research work of ITPower Solutions in this project focuses on security test execution using the test tool ContinoProva. The tool will be made applicable for testing modern IoT software by product development aiming at the enhancement of connectivity and real-time capability.

The project starts on 1 September 2020 and runs over a period of two years.