Critical Software

Critical Software provides solutions for mission and business critical information systems. Application fields for its products range from including telecoms, public sector, industry, aerospace, transportation and defence. CSW is an independent and privately owned company founded in 1998, the company today employs over 250 people. CSW has various national (Portugal) and international offices (USA, UK, Brazil, Mozambique and Singapore) with its headquarters and principal technical centre in Coimbra and auxiliary engineering facilities in Lisbon and Porto. The company is dynamic and outward looking with approximately 75% of the company’s turnover resulting from contracts outside of Portugal. This is also evident in the company’s workforce with over ten different nationalities. In 2000 Critical Software founded its subsidiary in the USA (based at San Jose, California) and in 2004 CSW established its second subsidiary in Southampton, the offices in Brazil and Mozambique were opened in 2009. Singapore office was officially opened in 2012. Average yearly business growth has been close to 50% since 1998 for many years. The company turnover in 2010 was about €18M growing to over €20M in 2011. Critical Software operates a CMMI Level 5 and ISO9001:2000 Tick-IT accredited Quality Management System and applies the ISO/IEC 15504 standard in the area of software process assessment (whose deployment was supported and monitored by the European Space Agency). Critical Software’s continuing success is built on a solid track record of on-time and on-budget projects for a growing list of satisfied customers.CSW is also involved in some current R&D oriented projects, such as several European Space Agency R&D projects namely in the Independent Verification and Validation area (ISVV PV) and Dependability (Safety and Dependability Services Call-of Orders);´FP7 CRITICAL STEP - CRITICAL Software Technology for an Evolutionary Partnership, Marie Curie Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) number 230672, aims at establishing the basis for a long term strategic research collaboration between partners in the growing and challenging domain of software for large-scale Safety-Critical Systems based on the use of Off-The-Shelf (OTS) software components for the control of complex distributed infrastructures; FP7 EMMON - EMbedded MONitoring, industrial programme ARTEMIS Joint Undertaking, initiative researching technology to monitor geographical extensions using Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) devices - small communicating & cooperative nodes with sensors. 

  • Staff Expertise: 

Mr. Nuno Silva, 14 years of experience, in management, SW architecture and development, dependability, V&V and RAMS. Nuno has large industrial and research expertise in the financial, telecom, aerospace and transportation domains;

Mr. Ricardo Barbosa, 9 years of industrial experience, in SW development, V&V and RAMS. He is experienced in the space, aeronautics and transportation markets;

Mr. Rui Lopes, 6 years of industrial experience, mainly in dependability, IV&V and RAMS. He is Critical Software Technical Manager for the V&V and RAMS Space Projects;

Mr. Sérgio Vidal, 5 years of experience in the Verification and Validation areas, with expertise in ISVV, testing for the space and aeronautics domains.

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