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Safety and Security for Rail Systems

For decades TÜV NORD is trusted partner for international manufacturers, operators and authorities in railway business. In our mission to make rail-bound traffic safe, we offer conformity assessments, certification and safety assessments of railway and urban rail systems, structural subsystems and components.

Independent Safety Assessment (ISA)

As railway systems become more complex, it becomes increasingly challenging for traditional methods of verification to comprehensively validate their safety. Here, the approach of the Independent Safety Assessment according to the CENELEC standards offers significant advantages. For Independent Safety Assessments contact TÜV NORD and benefit from the many years of experience of our assessors.

Cyber Security in Rail Systems

Modern trains are more complex than ever. On board, there is a continuous exchange of data between numerous systems, sensors, hardware, and software. While data transmission was historically reliant on cables, data is now increasingly exchanged via open networks or even on the internet. Although this form of communication is efficient and adaptable, unsecured it is highly vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Our experts help manufacturers and integrators to identify enduring cybersecurity measures, safeguarding rail systems against cyber threats and attacks.

Railway Signalling and Control-Command Systems

Reliably functioning control-command systems are indispensable for safe rail traffic. With our Designated Body (DeBo) we execute conformity assessments of signalling and control-command systems regarding the implementation of German national requirements. With our independent Assessment Body (AsBo) and Notified Body (NoBo), we assess the implementation of European regulations on ETCS. Worldwide TÜV NORD performs Independent Safety Assessments on railway signalling and control-command systems.

Rail-Bound Vehicles

To be authorized for operation, rail vehicles must comply with a variety of standards. TÜV NORD assists manufacturers and operators throughout the approval process for rail and urban rail vehicles. Specifically focusing on the rail vehicle subsystem, we provide impartial validation of the accuracy of your design measures, ensuring alignment with both national (NNTR) and European (TSI) standards as well as many other international standards. Based on these evaluations we perform Independent Safety Assessments for rail-bound vehicles.

Railway Infrastructure

Safe and intact infrastructure is essential for a functional transport system. To ensure the safety and interoperability of infrastructure assets, the EC verification procedure is an integral part of the commissioning process. Our experts are competently at your side in the areas of testing and assessment of railway infrastructure systems, evaluation of safety management (ISA, CSM), EC verification, EC testing and commissioning – regardless of whether the tests are in accordance with national or international regulations and standards.

Fire Safety on Rail-Bound Vehicles and Rail Infrastructure

Just as with buildings, fire safety for rail-bound vehicles begins in the early development phase. It is necessary to consider preventing possible fire occurrences and fire spread.

Thanks to the extensive experience of our fire safety experts, TÜV NORD supports operators, manufacturers, and planners in the approval of products for use in rail vehicles and rail infrastructure.


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