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10/14/2022: TraceTronic and neocx join forces at the JUG Saxony Day


"It was great!" say Frederik Schrader (TraceTronic GmbH) and Daniel Surek (neocx GmbH) with big smiles on their faces, referring to Saxony's largest IT community conference. They attended the 9th JUG Saxony Day in Radebeul with their presentation Software-defined vehicle. The transformation of the automotive industry and why software is the solution. Doesn't exactly sound like a topic for the Java User Group (JUG), does it? Well, it is, because these meetings aren't just exclusively about Java. Rather, the focus is on the exchange of knowledge and experience, and new technologies and trends in IT and software-driven industries. Time and again, socially relevant topics also find their way onto the agenda. With good reason, because IT technologies are increasingly enriching the everyday lives and environments of every individual. And the presentation by our two colleagues hits the mark there too. Because it's about "Germany's favorite toy" – the car.

The car of today is a mechanical engineering product of perfection. Never before have bodywork, embedded ECU hardware, and specially developed vehicle software been more sophisticated and harmonized. But new mobility concepts, such as electromobility or autonomous driving, are changing the industry for good. Already, car makers are increasingly shifting their focus from hardware to software. The focus is no longer exclusively on the classic areas of design, engine performance, and clearance, but also on connectivity, digitalization, and AI.

In the future, the car will no longer serve merely as a means of transport. For a long time, users have wanted to use their familiar smart environment in the car as well. And just as they expect from their smartphones, notebooks, tablets, etc., they want the latest feature and security updates on a regular basis. This will turn the car of tomorrow into a software platform – highly flexible and continuously equipped with new services and apps. So everyone can decide individually which functions they need and want to finance, in terms of driving and their lifestyle in the car – some permanently, some perhaps only temporarily.
In the future, the value of a car will be assessed based on its software. The proportion has been increasing for years. This is attracting new players and tech companies that are now working together with traditional OEM suppliers.
The presentation by our colleagues clearly showed how the automotive industry is changing, indeed transforming. How the focus is shifting and new business models are becoming established.

TraceTronic and neocx are part of this process every day. Because no software comes onto the market without first being tested down to the last detail. And we're excellent at testing, from automated to continuous .
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10/04/2022: TraceTronic tests the ICE Portal of Deutsche Bahn as part of the DB mindbox program


In mid-July, the phone rang. A startup manager at DB mindbox, a startup hub of Deutsche Bahn, invited us to apply for a 100-day startup program. Our initial surprise quickly gave way to enthusiasm, because this was about finding a customized solution to a very specific problem – precisely our area of expertise. The ICE Portal (in-train information and entertainment portal) shall be tested continuously and automatically. Not only during development, but live and in color during the train ride!

The call and the topic excited a small team of employees so much that they eagerly threw themselves into the bid – and the train, because the ICE Portal is only available while traveling on the train. So the test case had to be created on the train. In this case, on the ICE from Munich to Leipzig. By the time they reached Erfurt, the first small test was ready.

With the test in our luggage, the next stop was the selection day at DB mindbox in Berlin on September 8. There, we were able to demonstrate our flexibility and experience to win over the jury with our Automotive DevOps concept, which we are converting into a "Running Train" DevOps concept for DB. After all, testing involves not only the test itself, but also the collection of information in a central location, the visual preparation of the results, and integration into the workflows of all those involved (e.g. software developers and management).

On October 17, the 100-day proof-of-concept program will start with an intensive onboarding week with the companies, startup managers and the technical department.

We can't wait!

09/27/2022: TraceTronic gets a new brand claim: Software Testing. Simplified.


Our company is constantly growing and developing. This should also be reflected in our brand identity, which is why we are parting with our previous brand claim. "Guiding your Vision" described who we wanted to be from a customer perspective: a trailblazer, reliably accompanying them through the rapid changes in the automotive industry.

We're not shaking that, but it's time to sharpen our promise to our customers and partners. We are professionals when it comes to automated software testing - in the automotive sector and in every related industry. We use our entire know-how to make the highly complex field of automation in the software sector more tangible. In this way, we free up our customers' resources, which they can then use elsewhere.

In short: with us, automated software testing becomes easier.

Software Testing. Simplified.

08/10/2022: 9th AutoTest Technical Conference: TraceTronic from 19th - 20th October in Stuttgart


AutoTest has always been a very special conference for us. The event in Stuttgart is all about testing hardware and software in automotive development. Right up our street! This is where vehicle manufacturers, system suppliers, service providers and tool manufacturers meet to jointly formulate requirements for testing automotive electronics and software and to discuss methods for optimizing test processes.

This year, however, we are looking forward to the 9th edition of the conference, which will take place from 19th - 20th October 2022 in the Haus der Wirtschaft, even more than usual, because we are represented in the program with many contributions. It starts right away with the keynote address "on the path to the automated continuous integration factory at Volkswagen" given by our managing director Dr.-Ing. Rocco Deutschmann in his function as managing director of neocx GmbH, together with Dr. Peter Oel from Volkswagen AG. Also on the agenda: our colleagues Christoph Heidelbach ("virtual safeguarding by means of co-simulation") and Matthias Friedrich ("test procedures for autonomous driving functions as an elementary component of university education").

If you would like to talk to us outside the presentations, then drop by our booth at the accompanying trade exhibition. Our colleagues are already looking forward to exchanging experiences with experts from industry and research.

Why wait? Register now: https://fkfs-autotest.de/registration

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