About SafeTTy Systems
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: 2021-01-22]
What’s different about SafeTTy Systems?
In our view, there are two things that distinguish SafeTTy Systems.
1. We avoid undue complexity in our designs
- we specialise in the engineering of very simple software designs for high-reliability embedded systems;
- keeping the designs simple allows us to model them (at design time) and monitor them (at run time);
- our modelling and monitoring process allows us to provide clear evidence that the systems we support will meet their safety requirements (and the requirements of any related international standards).
When used (for example) as an alternative to a conventional ‘Real-Time Operating System’ (RTOS) – or in conjunction with a general-purpose OS (such as Linux™) – our patented TT technology has been shown to provide significant benefits for our customers.
The industry-proven development process that we follow is outlined in our popular ‘ERES‘ books.
2. We have a ‘hands on’ approach
Our TT technology was developed by Dr Michael J. Pont (please see below) – and Michael has a role in every project that we take on.
We believe that this hands-on approach allows us to provide a very high standard of customer service and support.
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 25 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.
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 Founder, CEO and Director of SafeTTy Systems Ltd (January 2014 – date).
How has SafeTTy Systems developed?
This is the story so far …
2020 began with the publication of BSI PAS 1880: Guidelines for Developing and Assessing Control Systems for Automated Vehicles (of which Michael J. Pont was Technical Author). Soon after this publication was released, the Covid-19 crisis began and we were asked to assist on one of the UK’s emergency ventilator projects. During the remainder of the year we learned how to work effectively with our customers via Zoom and similar interfaces (and found this approach to be more effective than we had expected). In Q4, we appointed Swift Act as a new Development and Training Partner: this partnership will give us the capacity to meet the growing international demand for the delivery of cost-effective TT designs in sectors including electric and autonomous vehicles, industrial-control systems and medical devices.
In 2019 we carried out a number of new customer engagements in the automotive, medical, industrial control and household-good sectors. We worked with BSI on a new set of safety guidelines for the design of control systems for use in autonomous vehicles (SAE Level 4 / Level 5). We began work on a major new TT design suite.
In 2018, having licensed our ReliabiliTTy Technology for use in industrial control systems, automotive designs (including autonomous vehicles), high-reliability sports equipment and in space, we began the process of streamlining the process through which customers can explore our technology. This included providing a new (low cost) evaluation licence (RTEL).
During the course of 2017 we signed our first ReliabiliTTy® Technology licence for the space sector. We had our first US patent granted. We began work 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). We expanded our training activities in India. We launched an online version of our popular TTb training course. We published two paperback editions of ‘ERES2‘ (one international edition and one Indian edition). We launched our first DuplicaTTor® Evaluation Board. We undertook a number of new customer engagements.
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.
What technology does SafeTTy Systems own?
We have developed technology that is licensed to customers through our ReliabiliTTy® programme.
This technology includes the following patents:
- Pont, M.J. (2018) “A framework as well as method for developing time-triggered computer systems with multiple system modes”, SafeTTy Systems Ltd, EU Patent No. 3,039,542.
- Pont, M.J. (2017) “A framework as well as method for developing time-triggered computer systems with multiple system modes”, SafeTTy Systems Ltd, US Patent No. 9,830,211.
- Pont, M.J. (2016) “A monitoring unit as well as method for predicting abnormal operation of time-triggered computer systems”, SafeTTy Systems Ltd, UK Patent no. 2,526,082.
- Pont, M.J. (2016) “A framework as well as method for developing time-triggered computer systems with multiple system modes”, SafeTTy Systems Ltd, UK Patent no. 2,526,083.
Further patents have been applied for.
What trademarks does SafeTTy Systems own?
AcquisiTTor, ConnecTTor, CorrelaTTor, DecomposiTTor, DisrupTTor, DuplicaTTor, EncapsulaTTor, 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 a number of development and training partners.
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.