The IQ-Software is a pioneering software product range that was originally developed in Germany in 1988. The IQ-Software is a PC based application, so can be installed as a single standalone licence, or can be a floating licence on a company network. Recent developments allow network licences to be temporarily checked out (NLX).
The IQ-software is a very visual tool that has varying levels of functionality starting with IQ-FMEA, which focuses on FMEA. Then you can integrate additional functionality of Control Plans & Process Flow diagrams with IQ-RM. Both IQ-FMEA and IQ-RM can support Functional Safety with the Pro version.
Network licences are only accessed by a specified number of concurrent users.
The e1ns software, also originating from Germany in the early 90’s, uses a different method of accessing the software. It is a modular product that is 100% web based, therefore you only require a web browser and access rights.
This means that as long as you have access to the network licence, then you can access the risk data / perform analysis wherever you are! Furthermore PLATO e1ns connects your teams across locations because everyone has a task-oriented access to the relevant information.
With e1ns you purchase modules according to the level of functionality that you require, plus a specified number of concurrent users for each module.
e1ns maybe more pleasing to the eye of people moving over from Excel as its appearance is very similar to that of a spreadsheet. It is mainly tick box and menu driven, but of course still displays all of the various diagrams etc.