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PikeOS Hypervisor has been awarded important certifications for safety and security-critical applications

Klein-Winternheim, Germany,

SYSGO has been awarded a number of important additional industry-specific safety certifications from TÜV Süd and a Common Criteria security certification from the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) for its PikeOS real-time operating system. According to TÜV Süd, the hypervisor meets the requirements of Safety Integrity Level 2 of the IEC 61508 for safety-relevant electrical and electronic systems. TÜV Süd also certifies compliance with SIL 2 for the railway-specific standard DIN EN 50128. In the automotive industry, it is certified as a SEooC (Safety Element Out Of Context) to ASIL B (Automotive Safety Integrity Level), as defined in the ISO 26262 standard. All certifications refer to PikeOS version 4.2.3 (S5577) for the target architectures X86-AMD 64bit, ARMv7 and ARMv8. Additionally to the safety certifications a security certification according to Common Criteria EAL 3+ for PikeOS 4.2.3 (S5577) was published by the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) during a maintenance procedure. The most recent version was certified following an upstream analysis of critical points in an independent testing laboratory. Essential certification artefacts of the previous version PikeOS 4.2.2 are thus taken over.

"Not only the safety certification but also the renewed security CC-certification by BSI emphasizes our path to provide customers with a reliable platform for certifiable applications in the most critical environments", explained Sven Nordhoff, Director Certification at SYSGO. "In doing so, the architecture of PikeOS is designed to support the most stringent safety and security standards across all industries". The current version 4.2 of PikeOS focus on “medium”-critical projects but we continue to follow our roadmap and provide PikeOS certifications for the highest safety and security standards up to DO-178C DAL A, EN50128/IEC61508 SIL 4 and ISO 26262 ASIL D.  Sven Nordhoff continues: "We are actively involved in standardization initiatives, identify technological trends at an early stage and enabling us to quickly embrace evolving standards." 

In today's connected world, developers of critical embedded systems need to make embedded security one of their design principles, just as it has always been the case with functional safety. "While the certificates from TÜV Süd are related to functional safety, the certification according to Common Criteria confirms PikeOS’ high standard of embedded security”, says Markus Jastroch, Director of Marketing Communication at SYSGO. "PikeOS thus offers a unique combination of safety and security, serving as a suitable basis of all critical embedded applications."

About SYSGO 

SYSGO is the leading European manufacturer of embedded operating systems, supporting safety and security-critical applications in the aerospace, automotive, railway and IIoT industries for more than 25 years. The company develops and maintains PikeOS®, the world's first SIL 4 certified real-time operating system and hypervisor on multi-core. SYSGO's PikeOS separation kernel has been certified according to Common Criteria EAL 3+ and is currently the only real-time operating system worldwide that holds a CC certification for its separation performance. Also being certified to the strictest safety standards such as DO-178B/C, IEC 61508, EN 50128 and ISO 26262, PikeOS® enables application development following the “Safe & Secure by Design" principle. For less critical systems, SYSGO also offers ELinOS, an industrial grade Linux distribution with real-time extensions for embedded systems.

SYSGO works closely with customers throughout the product life cycle and supports clients such as Samsung, Airbus, Thales, Continental, etc. in the formal certification of software according to international standards for functional safety and IT security. Headquartered in Klein-Winternheim near Frankfurt, Germany, SYSGO has subsidiaries in France, the Czech Republic and the UK and maintains a world-wide distribution network. The company is part of the European Thales Group.

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