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LDRA Technology Inc. Joins the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) Consortium

LDRA with its DO-178B/C verification tools and certification expertise joins FACE Consortium to help deliver FACE conformant applications. LDRA tool suite will also enforce FACE technical standard.

LDRA brings DO-178B/C software verification tools, standards support, and certification expertise to consortium members

San Bruno, CA. 11 September 2012. LDRA, the leading provider of automated software verification, source code analysis and test tools, joins The Open Group Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) Consortium and announces its commitment to bring its verification and standards conformance expertise to the FACE community. The FACE Consortium, an aviation-focused professional group made up of government, industry suppliers and customers, focuses on defining open standards that increase portability and facilitate reusable, interoperable software in safety- and security-critical systems.

LDRA to Aid in the Delivery of FACE Conformant Applications

More than 37 years of improving avionics software through verification, standards conformance and system testing has secured the long-standing successful reputation of LDRA in the airborne software market. Customers and FACE partners, knowing LDRA’s extensive experience in supporting standards conformance and critical application verification, have encouraged LDRA to join the consortium to help participants develop FACE conformant applications faster and with higher quality. LDRA is committed to advancing the process by which FACE conformant applications are created and verified.

The FACE Consortium, administered by The Open Group, brings industry, government, suppliers, and customers together to develop standardised approaches and process models for the stringent security and safety needs of avionics systems. The FACE Technical Standard defines a robust, open architecture that supports interoperability and ensures application portability across FACE systems and between vendors. This standardised approach not only ensures better quality software, but also lowers implementation costs and ensures the latest advancements in technology reach the Warfighter faster.

LDRA Tool Suite to Enforce FACE Technical Standard Conformance

“LDRA is committed to helping customers develop high-assurance software and standards conformance through advanced static and dynamic software verification tools, unit and system-level testing, requirements engineering and certification services,” stated Ian Hennell, LDRA Operations Director. “By joining the FACE Consortium, we align our support of best-practice software development in safety- and security-critical systems with an industry-wide association and architecture focused on interoperable and portable avionics applications. It gives me great pleasure for LDRA to stand shoulder to shoulder in an effort that reduces cost and delivers shorter time to deployment for our customers.”

“As adherence to the FACE Technical Standard has become a procurement requirement of the U.S. Department of Defense aviation industry, equipment manufacturers need more efficient technology and processes to produce FACE conformant and airworthy applications faster,” said Allen Brown, president and CEO,The Open Group. “Companies such as LDRA Technology, Inc that exhibit a long-standing commitment to standards, verification and software quality in safety- and security-critical spaces enable the advancement of the FACE community. We welcome LDRA Technology, Inc as a new member of the FACE Consortium and look forward to its contributions and help in achieving our goals.”

Hennell adds, “Software safety and security is fundamentally a software engineering problem that must be systematically addressed throughout the software development lifecycle. With FACE gaining tremendous momentum and the support from organisations such as NAVAIR, the U.S. Army, as well as many of our customers, the FACE common platform takes much of the complexity, cost and potential for failure out of traditionally heterogeneous avionics systems.”

LDRA offers a broad range of coding standard conformance and verification tools for safety- and security-critical applications. These capabilities align with and support the profiles for general-purpose, safety- and security-critical environments enabled in the FACE reference architecture. The LDRA tool suite supports certification objectives at all levels of design assurance—from requirements traceability to analysis, unit testing and validation. Widely-used certification templates and checklists establish standard-specific processes that allow applicants to meet management, development and verification objectives.

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About The Open Group FACE Consortium

A managed consortium hosted by The Open Group, the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) Consortium is an aviation-focused professional group made up of U.S. industry suppliers, customers and users, will create a technologically appropriate open FACE architecture, standards and business model that will result in:

  • Standardised approaches and process models within avionics systems
  • Lower implementation costs of FACE systems
  • Standards that support a robust architecture and quality software
  • Defined interoperability within FACE systems and components
  • Portability of applications across multiple FACE systems and vendors
  • Procurement of FACE conformant products
  • More capabilities reaching the Warfighter faster
  • Innovation and competition within the avionics industry

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About LDRA

For more than 37 years, LDRA has developed and driven the market for software that automates code analysis and software testing for safety-, mission-, security- and business-critical markets. Working with clients to achieve early error identification and full conformance with industry standards, LDRA traces requirements through static and dynamic analysis to unit testing and verification for a wide variety of hardware and software platforms. Boasting a worldwide presence, LDRA is headquartered in the UK with subsidiaries like LDRA Technology, Inc. in the United States and an extensive distributor network. For more information on the LDRA tool suite, please visit:

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Mark James


LDRA mit seinen DO 178B/C Verifizierungswerkzeugen und seine Zertifizierungsexpertise tritt dem FACE Konsortium bei um FACE konformen Anwendungen zu entwickeln. Die LDRA Werkzeugreihe ist zusätzlich in der Lage den technischen FACE Standard zu erzwingen.