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PikeOS 5: Secure Vehicle Connectivity and Platform for Railway Applications

PikeOS, Automotive, Railway

Under the motto “I have Five”, SYSGO is presenting the new version 5.0 of its real-time operating system PikeOS at the embedded world 2020, which takes place from 25 to 27 February in Nuremberg. The company will also be presenting the new Secure Automotive Connectivity Platform (SACoP) and the SAFe-VX system for Safety-critical rail solutions, which was developed jointly with Kontron and is based on PikeOS 5.0.

Secure Automotive Connectivity

SACoP is a fully integrated software framework for secure data exchange in networked vehicles. The platform guarantees IT Security by protecting data transfer through strict encapsulation and separation of all communication channels. This partitioning is complemented by a secure boot process, an integrated intrusion detection system and a firewall.

The platform uses the hypervisor technology of PikeOS, which allows to run critical and non-critical infrastructures simultaneously in one system. The separation kernel (consisting of kernel and system software) is certified in version 4.2.3 (S5577) according to the Common Criteria EAL3+ security standard. Of course, the current version of the operating system can also be certified according to the Safety standard ISO 26262 (up to ASIL D). This means that only a single hardware system is required when planning the software architecture, which reduces development and production costs and speeds up the market launch.

At the embedded world, SYSGO will showcase a prototype implementation of the SACoP platform with an STM Telemaco3P processor and an R-CAR H3 board from Renesas. The demonstrator communicates with the outside world via a gateway that supports various protocols and enables a variety of applications such as over-the-air updates, V2X communication, connectivity to the cloud back end or upload of maintenance data.

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COTS Hardware from Kontron as the Basis for Railway Applications

The SAFe-VX Railway platform was developed in cooperation with Kontron. It is based on Kontron’s proven COTS hardware and runs with SYSGO’s PikeOS. SAFe-VX allows the user to quickly switch to a SIL-4 certifiable system to meet IEC 61508 standards for electronic systems. With its flexible and modular VPX-based architecture and certification kit, the Safety computing platform enables faster time to market and a significant reduction in total cost of ownership.

The SAFe-VX systems in the compact half 19” 4U format are particularly suitable for controlling Safety-critical Railway applications, whether in rolling stock or on the station / Railway side, as they can be used in wide temperature ranges, harsh environments and comply with EMC/EMI standards. They are also shock and vibration resistant. Thanks to its modularity, SAFe-VX is easy to customize and can seamlessly be adapted to the desired I/O subsets in different applications.

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