BlackBerry’s new safety certification for railways
by CM Staff
This certification is in response to the company's growing rail business, whose portfolio has come to include sTraffic in South Korea and Infraestruturas de Portugal.
KANSAS CITY — BlackBerry Limited has announced that its QNX® OS for Safety 2.2 will be certified to what is reportedly the highest Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 4 for the functional safety standards of the railway industry – EN 50128 from the European Electrotechnical Committee for Standardization (CENELEC.)
BlackBerry says that QNX OS for Safety 2.2 will provide the rail industry with a safe, secure and trusted foundation to develop systems that meet stringent international safety and security requirements.
This certification is in response to the company’s growing rail business, whose portfolio has come to include sTraffic in South Korea, Infraestruturas de Portugal (IP), the Portuguese railway infrastructure manager.
“Rail transportation is growing rapidly as trends such as urbanization, green energy, digitalization, and autonomous rail technology drive demand for modern and smart railway systems,” said Grant Courville, VP, Products and Strategy at BlackBerry QNX in a statement.
“Rail manufacturers and suppliers know they can trust BlackBerry QNX to provide the software building blocks for their robust, safe and secure embedded systems. Gaining the EN 50128 certification will be additional affirmation for our best-in-class technology as we look to further grow our leadership position within an industry that is laying the track for software-driven infrastructure investments at feverish pace, creating countless opportunities for trusted suppliers like ourselves.”
BlackBerry QNX says it has worked closely with its rail over the years to develop safe mission critical systems that need to be supported over long product life cycles. The company provides software such as a deterministic microkernel real-time operating system (RTOS) and a hypervisor along with other safety-certified products such as QNX Hypervisor for Safety, QNX Black Channel Communications Technology, middleware, and cybersecurity solutions.