Fleckner + Simon UPDATE

F+S lights up in Limburg

In 2017 and 2018, the Limburg Festival of Light was held with great success. On a weekend in the run-up to Christmas, the cathedral was artfully illuminated.

This year, the Limburg Festival of Light will be set up a little wider: in addition to the cathedral, larger areas of the old town will be integrated into the illumination. Visitors will be visually guided through various adventure areas from the old town to the cathedral. Different actions will invite you to listen, to participate and to experience. At the various stations an audio story will be told and finalized at the cathedral.

As an attractive employer, F+S GmbH supports the Festival of Light and thus promotes urban interaction and communication.

The Festival will take place on November 29th and 30th, 2019 from 5pm to 10pm.


Autonomous systems change development processes

Everyone is talking about autonomous driving. Even if there has been a decline in the euphoria (everyone can determine the current phase of the hype cycle for themselves) and it is becoming apparent that level 5 autonomous driving will take much longer than sometimes predicted, it remains an important issue for the future of the automotive industry.

The existing standards are not sufficient for ensuring safety in the development of modern assistance systems. That is why the standard “ISO 21448 Safety of the Intended Functionality (SOTIF)” was published this year. The standard “ISO 21434 Road Vehicles - Cybersecurity Engineering” exists as a Committee Draft (CD) and is expected to be published this year as a Draft International Standard (DIS).

To meet the requirements for vehicles for highly automated driving (level 3) and fully automated driving (level 4), auto manufacturers and suppliers are conducting preliminary work and recommendations. These developments are being verified in pilot projects and can lead to supplements of existing standards and creation of new standards. Examples are the white paper “Safety First in Automated Driving (SaFAD)“ prepared under the auspices of Daimler or the Pegasus project, which is subsidized by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

F+S is intensely following the considerations, projects and efforts toward standardization. ISO 21434, which is currently in the making, provides important input for the development of “Cyber Security add-on for Automotive SPICE“, which is being created with the active involvement of F+S.

We are convinced that this will continue to affect the development processes for systems and software in the automotive sector. We are discussing the developments and tendencies both internally and with our partners, and are establishing the necessary knowledge base. We would like to share this with you by occasionally publishing information about the specific issues under “Added value”.

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Employee Certification

The know-how and skills of its employees are the most important assets of F + S GmbH. Therefore, the company attaches great importance to the continuous education of its employees. They are regularly instructed in internal trainings, for example on security in information technology.

External trainings are also on the agenda almost every month. For example, several employees were recently instructed to become a Professional Scrum Master or Product Owner. Other employees have received their safety expertise certified by the SGS-TÜV Saar and are now entitled to the title "AFSP - Automotive Functional Safety Professional". One employee has taken the next hurdle to the "AFSE - Automotive Functional Safety Expert".

Developers of the F + S GmbH attended courses with and without certification to the topics Requirements Engineering, Software Architecture, Software Test, but also to Artificial Intelligence. Our consultants were represented at various congresses, in particular on the topics IT Security, Automotive SPICE and Functional Safety, sometimes with their own lectures.

We are happy to consolidate and expand the know-how of F + S GmbH.

On tracks of the dutch royal house

As always, F + S GmbH invited employees, retirees and shareholders with their partners and children to this year's summer party.

In good weather the guests set out on foot along the Lahn to the castle Oranienstein in Diez. Already on the way you could switch off from work on views of the beautiful river Lahn. 

At the castle, the guests were awaited by an expert staff member of the castle administration, who opened the rooms of the magnificent baroque palace complex and guided them through the blue and gold hall, marshal's room, garden cabinet and castle chapel. At the Museum Nassau-Oranien, guests also learned all sorts of details and anecdotes from the life of the princes of Nassau-Diez, the ancestors of the Dutch royal family.

After the tour, it was a short walk down to the banks of the river Lahn, where the guests in the restaurant "Das neue Mühlchen" with drinks and a good buffet could recover and relax from the exertion. In casual conversations away from the workday, the attendees let the beautiful summer evening come to an end.

Panorama Schloss Oranienstein

F + S at the 14th ASQF Rhein-Main Testing Day

Testingday 2019

Once again this year, F + S GmbH will be represented as an exhibitor and sponsor at the ASQF Rhein-Main Testing Day.

After our successful exhibitor premiere last year, we are back again this year on 15.08.2019 in Frankfurt/Main. This year's Testing Day is themed "From practice - for practice: Exchange in Open Space Format". We invite you to interact with us and other experts on a variety of topics, such as testing, safety or security.

You will receive input through the two keynotes on "Ethics of Algorithms" and "Autonomous Driving".