Railway Signalling Services

Put safety at the heart of your railway operations

What are rail signalling services?

Rail signalling services help operators, railway project managers and manufacturers to ensure that their crucial rail signalling equipment functions safely and reliably. The complex interdependencies of signalling, telecommunications, power supply and other safety critical equipment and systems in the rail sector pose real challenges for operators and manufacturers. It is essential to ensure that safety, performance, quality and interoperability objectives are met as cost-efficiently as possible. In addition, the European Train Control System (ERTMS/ETCS), a uniform control and train protection system, presents rail businesses with additional requirements that must be fulfilled. Rail signalling services help you by ensuring that your plans, engineering and deployment are efficient and working well.

Why are rail signalling services like ETCS/ERTMS testing important?

Conducting testing, assessment and certification services on your rail signalling projects and equipment provides several benefits:

  • Ensure that safety, performance, quality and interoperability objectives are met
  • Achieve maximum safety and quality as cost-efficiently as possible
  • Successfully migrate to the European Train Control System (ERTMS/ETCS), a globally uniform train control and protection system, which is set to replace the existing safety systems in Europe
  • Ensure that all requirements for existing signalling systems as well as ERTMS/ETCS are fulfilled

TÜV SÜD is your experienced partner for rail signalling services

TÜV SÜD supports rail manufacturers and operators at every stage of their product life cycle: from risk analyses to the development, planning and engineering of control systems and signalling technology, telecommunications, power supply and catenary systems. At the same time, we cover all areas of rail signalling (e. g. interlocking systems, CBTC systems, human-machine interface systems, axle counting systems, ATP systems) and all train types (high-speed, conventional, tramways, light rail systems, metros [BOStrab]). Our expertise focuses on validation, independent safety assessment, certification and training. We cover all state-of-the-art technologies that are used in signalling systems for rail infrastructure, from relay-driven systems to fully software-controlled systems (microcomputer, FPGA) and standard industrial programmable logic controllers (PLC).

By taking advantage of our support services to manage the complex requirements for the validation and assessment of signalling systems and technologies, you ensure and document that your systems efficiently comply with safety requirements. Our experts support you in the best way possible, always with the objective to achieve maximum safety of your products at minimum costs and with our global expert network we are able to support you worldwide.

TÜV SÜD’s rail signalling services

We provide practical solutions to ensure your signalling project meets all safety, performance, quality and interoperability objectives:

INDEPENDENT SAFETY ASSESSMENT

  • As an Independent Safety Assessor (ISA), TÜV SÜD provides independent assessment services of generic products and generic and specific applications in accordance with European standards and IEC standards as well as all relevant specifications for trackside and on-board equipment.

  • We focus on the assessment of plan checking and acceptance testing as well as on the inspection of functional and technical safety cases for rail signalling, telecommuni­cations and electronic systems. We provide impartial quality and safety audits.

  • All our services are supported by proprietary tools.

CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT

  • Support for requirements management and the verification for conformity and safety of the ETCS constituents and applications
  • Conformity assessments of interoperability constituents and EC verifications of the control-command and signalling (CCS) on-board and trackside subsystems according to EU Directives (associated partner with EISENBAHN-CERT (EBC))  

Certification

  • Our specialists can certify your product to the relevant sector-specific safety standards (Certification with TÜV SÜD-Mark, e. g. according to standard series EN 5012X)

Technical Inspection

  • Inspection of generic products and applications as well as specific applications

Training

  • Our experienced specialists conduct training for a range of signalling and safety systems (e. g. basics of rail signalling, CENELEC Standards)

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