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New Railway Certification for PikeOS RTOS & Hypervisor

Railway & Transportation

SYSGO is now covering another important safety area with its real-time operating system and hypervisor PikeOS. In addition to the existing standards EN 50128, IEC 61508 and ISO 26262, the railway standard EN 50657 (software for railway vehicles) is now supported. TÜV Süd certified compliance with the safety requirement level SIL 2 with certificates for the architectures ARM7, ARM8 and X86-64.

The EN 50657 standard is a guideline for the development of safety-critical software for rail vehicles used in rail transport. The standard applies to software for rolling stock in addition to the EN 50128 standard covering software for railway controlling and surveillance systems. The standard brings an additional brick to ease certification of critical embedded railway systems.

"We are pleased that with this new module – the EN 50657 certification – we have come one step closer to our goal of making PikeOS the core of safety-critical software solutions in the embedded systems area," said Sven Nordhoff, Director Certification at SYSGO. “Our certificates are the basis for reliable and safe interaction of railway software, decreased costs and time exposure for railway software development and ultimately increased safety for railway employees and rail riders,” Nordhoff adds.

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SYSGO is the leading European manufacturer of embedded software solutions such as the real-time operating system and hypervisor PikeOS and the embedded industrial-grade Linux ELinOS. Since 1991, SYSGO has been supporting customers in the aerospace, automotive, railway and IIoT industries in the development of safety-critical applications. SYSGO was the first company worldwide to achieve the safety requirement level SIL 4 for its multi-core capable real-time operating system and hypervisor PikeOS. PikeOS version 4.2.3 Build S5577 meets the Common Criteria at the EAL 3+ level and is also certified according to the strictest safety standards such as IEC 61508, EN 50128, EN 50657 and ISO 26262, thus enabling application development according to the "Safe & Secure by Design" principle. For industrial embedded systems, SYSGO also offers ELinOS, a Linux distribution with real-time extensions for embedded systems. Furthermore, solutions such as the railway development platform (SAFe-VX) and the Secure Automotive Connectivity Platform (SACoP) for secure data transfer in, with and between automobiles are available.

SYSGO works closely with its customers such as Samsung, Airbus, Thales, Continental, etc. throughout the entire product life cycle and supports them in the formal certification of software according to international standards for functional and IT security. SYSGO is headquartered in Klein-Winternheim near Frankfurt, has subsidiaries in France, the Czech Republic and Great Britain and maintains a worldwide sales network. The company is ISO 9001:2015 and ISO27001:2013 certified and part of the European Thales Group.

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