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menRDC Railway Data Center wins CNA Award for Innovation

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  • Award for Innovation for menRDC Railway Data Center
  • Virtualization-enabled computer platform to consolidate all non-vital functions in a train
  • Family concept consisting of main server, storage system and network switch
  • Robust and railway compliant design according to EN 50155
MEN Mikro Elektronik received the CNA award for innovation for the development of a new computer platform for trains that meets the increased requirements for modularity and connectivity in the railway market.

In the spirit of “Mobility 4.0”, the virtualization-enabled platform consolidates all data processing and communication on a train and in train-land communication. Advantages that were previously reserved for the office IT environment are now reliably working in railway applications.

Less Effort and Costs with Virtualization

The menRDC Railway Data Center is based on a family concept, which offers a robust and powerful platform for all non-vital functions in a train with complementary components. Thanks to the virtualization of hardware, menRDC combines many different functions like passenger information, onboard internet, predictive maintenance, video surveillance, driver assistance or vehicle-to-land/vehicle-to-vehicle-communication within one system. Due to the robust EN 50155-compliant design, menRDC is immediately usable in trains.

This open and modular approach comes with versatile benefits:
  • Acquisition costs for hardware are restricted to just one system, instead of the previous practice having many different systems for the respective application
  • Fewer cables, less weight and reduced space requirements result in less installation costs and energy consumption, and dramatically simplifies future maintenance.
  • New, additional or modified application software does not require different or even additional hardware. Furthermore, virtualization allows for strict separation of more sensitive and less sensitive applications on the same system.
  • Virtualization also enables the configuration of applications that are running redundantly and the configuration of high availability systems can also be simplified, if required.
  • The life cycle management of an open system is limited to the exchange of individual PC components, without affecting the functionality of the overall system. Therefore, the life cycle of the application/s is practically unlimited.
  • This independence from the supplier ultimately encourages migration from a purely investment-oriented business model to a modern, service-oriented business model.
At the innovation awards ceremony, which was held on July 14 on the premises of MEN, Norbert Schäfer, Executive Chairman CAN e.V., complimented the high economic and ecological potential of the innovative concept, which offers flexible usage.

Christian Vogel, second mayor of Nuremberg, emphasized the importance of cost-conscious and energy-reducing measures to increase the attractivity of the passenger rail transport, and ensure further competitiveness.

Manfred Schmitz and Bernd Härtlein, managing directors at MEN, proudly accepted the award and perceive menRDC, together with the safety-critical system family menTCS, as another milestone on the way to becoming the first-choice supplier for reliable embedded computers in the railway market.

More information about menRDC and menTCS can be found on the following websites:



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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 rail and public transport markets and the embedded electronics markets (automation, aerospace, power & energy, off-road, medical, marine and other industries).

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)
- 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