Internationalisation trends in the global Rail industry
The evolution of the global business environment in the railway industry over the past few years has resulted in the realisation of multiple scenarios that may have previously seemed far-fetched. A few years ago, who would have thought that today, 45% of all ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) trackside investments are placed outside of Europe, that Asian operators successfully operate rapid-transit systems beyond Asia such as the Hong Kong based MTR Corporation in Stockholm, Melbourne, London and various cities in mainland China, or the attempt of JR East to bid against German competitors for a contract operating an urban rapid transit system in Germany?
Testing of ET2010 dual-system tram-trains for approval for the Karlsruhe city rail network
Since early 2011, TÜV SÜD Rail has provided expert support on behalf of Bombardier Transportation in obtaining parallel homologation for the ET2010 tram-train under both the German Ordinance on the Construction and Operation of Railways (EBO) and the German Ordinance on the Construction and Operation of Tram Railways (BOStrab). The dual-system tram-train will be used in the Karlsruhe tram network, operated by the local public transport company Verkehrsbetriebe Karlsruhe GmbH (VBK) and Albtal-Verkehrs-Gesellschaft mbH (AVG).
Evaluation, testing and support in the authorisation process for placing into service of the Talgo Hotel Train Moscow-Berlin
TÜV SÜD Rail GmbH has been providing support in the authorisation of a hotel train to operate on the Moscow-Berlin route since 2012. In addition to support over EC certification of the complete train and the production of expert reports on national regulations in Germany, TÜV SÜD Rail is providing assistance in EC certification of components at vehicle level.
Certification according to IEC 62443 – Boosting security against cyber-attacks
As digitisation and interconnectivity become increasingly widespread, production facilities and critical infrastructure are growing more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. The new lEC 62443 standard serves as a basis upon which companies can review potential vulnerabilities in their instrumentation and control systems and develop effective protective measures. TÜV SÜD is among the first service providers to offer testing and certification in line with the lEC 62443 standard.