Engineering System for the menTCS Safe and Modular Train Control System

(PresseBox) (Nürnberg, ) infoteam Software AG and MEN have teamed up closely to implement an evaluation version of FlexiSafe for the menTCS safe train control system. The evaluation software allows fast and uncomplicated testing of different use cases.

Evaluation Version of FlexiSafe available for menTCS

The freely configurable and modular MEN Train Control System menTCS can be used for all kinds of critical rolling-stock control functions such as Automatic Train Operation (ATO) and Automatic Train Protection (ATP), which have to meet requirements up to safety level SIL 4.

For fast and uncomplicated testing of menTCS for its suitability for various functions in a train, infoteam Software AG has now implemented an evaluation version of FlexiSafe on the menTCS controller.

The IEC 61131 engineering system based on ISaGRAF technology and the associated firmware for embedded controllers is especially tailored for the requirements relating to functional safety. Hence it is certified according to IEC 61508:SIL 3, DIN EN ISO 13849:PLe as well as to DIN EN ISO 50128:SIL 4 for railways. In addition to that, also non-safety applications can be realized with FlexiSafe, allowing both safety- and non-safety parts to be implemented in one project.

“The introduced evaluation version proves the good interplay of FlexiSafe with menTCS, offering users the possibility to precisely evaluate their particular requirements”, said Gregor Schmitt, Business Segment Manager Transportation & Energy at infoteam.  

As the F75P menTCS CPU card, the corresponding F75P QNX BSP as well as FlexiSafe are all pre-certified, the time-to-market for tailored applications can be shortened dramatically with menTCS in comparison to new developments.

menTCS, the modular Train Control System from MEN, builds on standardized electronics and a standardized interface to the software application, and is therefore the very first open computer platform for automatic train operation and protection. Both operators and supplier benefit from noticeably lower system costs – not only for certification but also due to independence of suppliers regarding maintenance and life cycle management.

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Men Mikro Elektronik GmbH

"Reliable Embedded Computing for a World in Motion."

Since its founding in 1982, MEN Mikro Elektronik has focused on innovation, reliability and flexibility to develop and produce standard and custom computing solutions that employ the highest technology levels. The company - with approx. 300 employees worldwide - provides a robust offering of highly reliable embedded COTS boards and devices widely used in extreme environmental conditions found in mobile, industrial and safety-critical applications.

- Safe computers and systems certifiable up to SIL 4 and DAL-A
- Robust built-to-order box PCs
- Panel PCs for HMIs and digital signage
- Pre-configured built-to-order 19" systems
- Rugged CompactPCI boards and systems
- Network components in compact box format or 40 HP format
- Robust computer-on-modules for individual system designs

For individual requirements, starting with development through design-in and beyond, MEN provides its customers with advice and support as well as with system design, configuration and environmental qualification in accordance with industry standards.

The company's core competencies encompass x86 and RISC processor architectures, development rules for safe applications, analog I/O design, FPGA technology and Windows, Linux and real-time operating systems. Additional expertise includes RAMS and obsolescence management as well as the development of computing hardware for operation in harsh and extreme environmental conditions. Development, production and on-site testing laboratories guarantee traceability and high-quality products.

MEN Mikro Elektronik's computer solutions are used in harsh mission- and safety-critical environments found in the transportation (rail & public transport, off-road & heavy vehicles, aerospace, marine) and industrial (automation, power & energy, medical) markets.

The company is certified to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 (environment), EN 9100 (aerospace) and IRIS (railway) quality management systems, provides systems according to ISO 7637-2 (road traffic) requirements and is a member of several industry associations, consortiums and alliances, including VITA and PICMG.

MEN Mikro Elektronik is a member of:
- AMD Fusion Partner Program
- ARINC (Aeronautical Radio Incorporated)
- BavAIRia (Cluster for innovative aerospace technology in Bavaria)
- CAN in Automation
- CNA (Center for Transportation & Logistics Neuer Adler e.V.)
- NXP Design Alliance
- Intel® IoT Solutions Alliance
- Open Source Automation Development Lab (OSADL)
- PCI-SIG (Peripheral Component Interconnect Special Interest Group)
- PICMG (PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group)
- USB-IF (Universal Serial Bus Implementers Forum, Inc.)
- VITA (VMEbus International Trade Association)
- Wind River Partner Eco System

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