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Pilz enhances Swedish railways with glass fibre digital technology

Pilz delivers industry-proven safety solutions to modernise the railway infrastructure and increase capacity and reliability. In doing so they satisfy the requirements presented by digitisation of the railway industry. Pilz GmbH & Co. KG press release

Pilz, a leading automation expert, has secured a crucial role in the digitisation project led by the Swedish railway authority, Trafikverket. 

The collaboration results from a successful tender bid, through which Trafikverket selected Pilz to modernise the communications infrastructure across the national rail network, replacing outdated analogue copper technology with the reliability of glass fibre technology. Pilz emerged as the successful bidder for “Safe Relay Messages over Opto (SRO)”, solidifying its position as an automation expert in the rail industry.

Pilz’s innovative railway controller, SafetyNET p, will facilitate communication between interlockings and control cabinets along the rail lines, ensuring the secure transfer of digital Input/output (I/O) signals over long-distance glass fibre connections. Pilz’s solution adheres to safety standards, including SIL4 and EN 50126, ensuring the safety of rail operations.

A safety-centric approach to rail digitisation

Beyond the gradual transition to digital technology on the extensive 14,200-kilometre of Sweden’s rail network, Pilz’s commitment extends to safety, efficiency, and the future of rail transport. As rail networks increasingly embrace digitisation for modernisation, capacity enhancement, and resource-friendly maintenance, Pilz offers proven safety solutions tailored to the unique demands of the railway industry.

As a pioneer in industrial digitisation, Pilz seamlessly integrates its extensive experience into railway automation solutions. From standard applications like level crossings to replacing obsolete relay technology and addressing novel challenges without existing solutions, Pilz’s modular and networkable solutions are designed to adapt precisely to the diverse needs of rail operators.

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