In developing each new wireless UT, a significant percentage of effort is spent solving the same set of real-time embedded development and test problems as peer and forerunning projects, leading to duplication within each manufacturer and across the industry as a whole. Tight bundling between the application software development environment and the target hardware further limits the potential for portability and reuse between contemporary products and subsequent generations. Combined with the low productivity associated with traditional debugging techniques, the overall effect is a significant reduction in development efficiency across the industry. In addition, unanticipated effort and surprises arising during integration and test late in the project are major causes of project schedule and cost over-runs.
By improving portability, reuse and development productivity, the ultimate benefits of the work will be to facilitate more rapid and cost-effective development of new wireless UTs in the future, and secure improved efficiency levels for the industry as a whole.
Phase 2b, Full Prototype has now formally completed. Phase 3, Commercialisation is schedule to start Q1 2016.