The rail industry is faced with rising demand for passenger and freight capacity, alongside an infrastructure that is struggling to keep pace with the rapid rate of urbanisation. More and more, new technologies are delivering intelligence to the rail infrastructure, enabling it to increase capacity at a faster rate, while enhancing operational, environmental and safety performance. TÜV SÜD is addressing these new developments by closing the gap between rail safety and IT security compliance, as well as accelerating the homologation process of new automated rail vehicles.
Safe pilgrimage with the Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddasah Makkah Metro Line
The Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddasah Makkah Metro Line provides safe, prompt and efficient transport services to the pilgrims to perform their Haj duties every year. TÜV SÜD was requested by the Makkah Region Development Authority (MRDA) in Saudi Arabiato to evaluate the quality of operation, including opinion of passengers and service providers during the operation period in the different areas and facilities of the Al Mashaaer Metro during Haj season 2016 (1437H),
Sweden is on the way to develop its first high-speed railways between the country´s three largest metropolitan regions of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö. TÜV SÜD Danmark has currently won the NoBo verification on the project “West Link” and the CSM assessment on the project “East Link”.
Functional safety for a digital world: Smart solutions from chip design to whole system design
As digitalisation and automation progress, electrical, electronic or programmable electronic systems (E/E/PES) are used increasingly in the field of safety applications, growing complexity and connectivity bring new requirements for the functional safety of systems and power plant technology, with previously separate applications growing closer together. TÜV SÜD created a white paper to summarise the current trends and challenges and also to provide an overview of the opportunities offered by functional
Evaluation, testing and support in the authorisation process for putting into service of the Talgo hotel train Moscow-Berlin
TÜV SÜD Rail has been providing support in the authorisation for the operation of three hotel trainsets to operate on the Moscow-Berlin route from 2012 to 2016. Furthermore, EC certification of the complete train concerning European technical specifications for interoperability (TSI) and the production of expert reports covering national requirements in Germany were included. In addition, TÜV SÜD Rail test centre was responsible for handling and performing the complete spectrum of necessary vehicle tests for authorisation.
Inspection of the radio remote control system of the Zugspitze railway
The train leading up Germany's highest mountain, Zugspitze, has a new locomotive which is controlled remotely by the train driver using a radio remote control. To ensure the locomotive operates reliably and safely, Walter Heydt, rail expert at TÜV SÜD Rail, inspected the safety-relevant and non-safety-relevant features of the 'LocControl 100' radio remote-control system made by Schweizer Electronic AG. The system is used to control the locomotive when the train travels up the mountain, as the locomotive is always on the end of the train facing the valley.