About SafeTTy Systems Ltd
On this page we provide information about SafeTTy Systems (and the team behind it).
The page is arranged as a series of ‘FAQs’.
Our company name is pronounced “Safety Systems”.[This page was last updated: 2017-10-05]
How do you support your customers?
From our base in the UK Midlands, we provide support for organisations across the world that need to create real-time embedded systems that are safe, reliable and secure.
Many of our customers need to achieve compliance with IEC 61508, ISO 26262, DO-178 and related international safety standards and guidelines. We help them to meet these requirements through the use of state-of-the-art “Time-Triggered” (TT) software architectures.
To support our customers, we offer:
- cost-effective SafeTTy Solutions™ packages, including technology licences supported by consultancy and training;
- a series of popular books on TT systems and functional safety, including the recently-published ‘ERES2‘;
- internationally-recognised training and staff certification programmes for developers of safety-related embedded systems;
- advanced DuplicaTTor® boards and related code examples that allow rapid design evaluation;
- introductory Taster Days that explore the benefits of TT systems (delivered on our customer’s site).
You say you use ‘TT software architectures’ – what does this mean?
At SafeTTy Systems:
- we specialise in the engineering of very simple software designs for safety-related embedded systems;
- keeping the designs simple allows us to model them precisely (at design time) and monitor them closely (at run time);
- we achieve this goal using ‘Time Triggered‘ (TT) software architectures.
TT software architectures have been used for many years in industries such as aerospace and defence, because they have been found to provide the basis for safe and secure systems.
Use of TT architectures has been less common in organisations developing (for example) automotive, industrial, medical systems, or those developing household goods – but this situation is now changing rapidly, as our SafeTTy Solutions packages make it much easier for developers in many different sectors to experience the benefits of a TT solution.
You can learn more about TT architectures on our Technology page.
In many cases, we work with our customers to create a system that is entirely TT: we give an example of such a design here.
Who’s behind SafeTTy Systems – and where did the company come from?
The team at SafeTTy Systems is led by Dr Michael J. Pont CEng.
Michael was awarded a BSc degree (in Electronics and Electrical Engineering) by the University of Glasgow (UK) and a PhD (in Computer Science) by the University of Southampton (UK). He is the author of several successful books and more than 100 technical papers: he is named inventor / co-inventor on a number of patents and patent applications.
Michael has been working in the field of time-triggered (TT) embedded systems for more than 20 years. He has helped numerous companies to create successful TT designs. Many of these designs have been produced in compliance with international safety standards and guidelines (including IEC 61508, ISO 26262 and DO-178).
Michael began this work on TT systems in the academic sector, latterly as Professor of Embedded Systems Engineering at the University of Leicester (UK). In Leicester, Michael established the Embedded Systems Laboratory, invented the PTTES “pattern language”, and led teams that developed the “NISA” safety agent, and the first single- & multi-core processors that were designed specifically to run TT software. During his time with the University of Leicester, Michael supervised more than 20 successful PhD projects.
In order to commercialise some of the above technology, Michael founded and served as CEO of the University of Leicester “spin out” company TTE Systems Ltd. “TTE” made its first sales in 2008 and – by 2012 – had reached a “break even” position, with an annual turnover of some £800k. The company achieved this through the efforts of an exceptional team and by working with a number of key UK and international companies.
A document describing the impact of some of the work carried out by TTE (including 3 customer success stories) in available here.
At the end of 2013, Michael left the university sector, assembled a small (but highly experienced) team and founded SafeTTy Systems. “SafeTTy” subsequently acquired the IP owned by TTE.
Michael currently serves as Executive Director of SafeTTy Systems Ltd (January 2014 – date).
What are your plans for the company?
We are now in the second phase of our “Development and Growth Plan” (DAGP) for SafeTTy Systems: this runs until 2019.
During the course of 2017 we have been working with AESIN and BSI on a new set of safety guidelines for the assessment of control systems used in autonomous vehicles (SAE Level 4 / Level 5): the first consultation draft is expected to be released in Q1 2018. Since the start of the year, our training activities in India have been growing rapidly, and two new MoUs have been signed. To support requests from individuals and organisations with small development teams, we launched an online version of our popular TTb training course. We published a paperback edition of ‘ERES2‘. This year we have also released our first public DuplicaTTor® Evaluation Board: aimed primarily at developers of ‘IEC 61508 products’ (up to ‘SIL 3’), this board is included in our new DuplicaTTor Design Suite. Work on our CorrelaTTor® Design Suite (CDS) has also begun: aimed primarily at developers of ‘ISO 26262 products’ (up to ‘ASIL D’), we’ll release further information about the CDS shortly.
During 2016, we had our first two patents granted. We signed our first licence agreement for ReliabiliTTy® Technology. We ran our first stand at Embedded World. We published ‘ERES2‘. We signed a partnership agreement with Microdevice Technologies in order to support our customers in India. We undertook a number of new customer engagements.
In 2015, we focussed on a number of new customer engagements.
We launched SafeTTy Systems in 2014. During this year, we developed some new technology and filed the related patents. We also launched the SafeTTy Certified™ programme, created some new training courses and published our first book.
Are you seeking investment?
We secured a business loan to get SafeTTy Systems off the ground: this has now been repaid. Our plan is to continue to grow the company organically (through sales). This approach is working well and we are not – therefore – seeking investment at this time.
What is your exit strategy?
We are a small company with some great technology. We expect to be acquired by a larger organisation (when we have completed our DAGP).
What technology do you own?
We have developed technology that is licensed to customers through our ReliabiliTTy® programme.
This technology includes the following patents:
- Pont, M.J. (2016) “A monitoring unit as well as method for predicting abnormal operation of time-triggered computer systems”, SafeTTy Systems Ltd, GB2526082.
- Pont, M.J. (2016) “A framework as well as method for developing time-triggered computer systems with multiple system modes”, SafeTTy Systems Ltd, GB2526083.
Related international patents have been applied for.
What trademarks do you own?
AcquisiTTor, ConnecTTor, CorrelaTTor, DecomposiTTor, DisrupTTor, DuplicaTTor, MoniTTor, PredicTTor, RapidiTTy, ReliabiliTTy, SafeTTy, SafeTTy Certified, SafeTTy Systems, TriplicaTTor, TTE and WarranTTor are registered trademarks or trademarks of SafeTTy Systems Ltd in the UK and other countries.
All other tradmarks and registered trademarks mentioned on this WWW site are acknowledged.
Who are your partners?
We work with Microdevice Technologies to deliver TT training in India. Through Microdevice we are establishing links with a growing number of companies and educational establishments in India.
We work with Attila Gönczi to deliver hardware designs.
We are a member of the NMI (TechWorks) and a member of AESIN.
We are a member of the Safety Critical Systems Club (SCSC).
We are an ARM® Partner.
We are a member of the AdaCore® Tool Partners programme.
We are always happy to consider new partnership opportunities: please contact us if this is of interest.
Do you have any staff vacancies?
Please see our vacancies page for information.
What is your Company Number?
SafeTTy Systems Ltd has Company Number 08718423.
What is your VAT Registration Number?
SafeTTy Systems Ltd has VAT Registration Number GB 171 7482 94.
Where is your Registered Office?
SafeTTy Systems Ltd, Registered Office, 15 Nether End, Great Dalby, Leicestershire, UK, LE14 2EY.
Where do the images on your website come from?
Some of the images on our website are used under licence from iStockphoto and Dreamstime.
Other images were created by SafeTTy Systems Ltd.