Critical Software selects BlackBerry to improve the safety of Portugal’s national rail network


BlackBerry Limited announced that its QNX operating system for security has been selected by Critical Software to implement a rail protection system, deployed on Portugal’s national rail network.

Infraestruturas de Portugal (IP), the Portuguese railway infrastructure manager, was looking for a solution that offered movement authority and speed monitoring functionalities. IP has awarded Critical Software a contract to design, supply and oversee the installation of an add-on security system to be deployed for its fleet of maintenance vehicles that inspect items such as tracks, bridges and overhead lines.

“BlackBerry QNX is trusted by rail partners around the world to help them develop safe and secure mission-critical systems they can rely on and it’s a real pleasure to share both our expertise and our proven technology to support supports the comprehensive security solution that Critical Software will provide will be deployed across the Portuguese rail network,” said Joerg Zimmer, said Joerg Zimmer VP, BlackBerry Technology Solutions.

Critical Software’s QNX-powered system will perform active supervision of vehicle operations, avoid Signal Transmitted in Danger (SPAD) scenarios and ensure applicable speed restrictions are adhered to on Portugal‘s 2,786 kilometers of track.

“Overseeing the safety of the legions of maintenance vehicles that work on a rail network as vast as that of Portugal is no small task and requires a high level of trust and reliability towards its suppliers,” said Luís Gargaté, Director business development, Critical Software. “Beyond a simple supplier, we see BlackBerry QNX as a true partner. In addition to providing the operating system, their support in helping us certify the overall solution will be crucial to deploying it faster.


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