Electronic platform for the control of safety applications
Lines of specialisation
Electronics, Information and Communication Technologies
State Administration: Cenit-Ecotrans
One of the greatest challenges of Grupo CAF is to ensure in their trains the safety and integrity of the passengers and infrastructures.
With the purpose of guaranteeing said demands, IK4-Ikerlan has collaborated with Grupo CAF in the development of a new railway electronic platform named VEGA, which is the foundation for the control and safety systems. For that purpose, reliable activities of software and hardware design, RAMS, validation and EMC have been carried out by a teamwork of 30 engineers certified by the TÜV Rheinland. Specifically, it involves applications such a tilting control, traction control or signalling.
VEGA answers to multiple technical challenges of modularity, scalability and computing in parallel based on several processors. The platform complies with the strictest safety standards SIL2 and SIL4, being the latter the highest achievable: statistically it implies that the electronic system can only have one serious safety failure every 100,000 years of operation.
In addition, this development also complies with the European ERTMS/ETCS standard, which meets the interoperability requirements of the European system of management of rail traffic.
This development and the creation of the CAF Signalling company, have allowed Grupo CAF to achieve new contracts in tenders of provision of signalling equipment.