For more than a decade, EFACEC has been working with HIMA as safety supplier to EFACEC’s signaling and level crossing solutions. Recently, besides the specific contract for the level crossing project in Sweden, another contract was signed between EFACEC and HIMA concerning an overall partnership covering technological cooperation, training for EFACEC employees, detailed documentation and the necessary software tools.
"For EFACEC, this major order to modernize level crossings in Sweden is an important milestone," said Pedro Pinto, Manager of EFACEC’s Transportation Business Unit. "With the innovative concept of XSafe – using COTS technology – we were able to prevail against strong European competitors. At the same time, we have continued our successful partnership with HIMA. Our aim is to further expand our position in Scandinavia as a supplier of safety-critical systems for rail transport."
Sedat Sezgün, Group Vice President Business Segment Rail at HIMA, commented: "This new partnership with EFACEC in such a major project is another important step for us as a provider of COTS solutions. COTS is already widely used as a forward-looking and competitive solution in European rail networks and, in addition to SIL4 certification in accordance with CENELEC, offers many advantages in terms of standardization and flexibility as well as great cost reduction potential".
The powerful XSafe controller is based on the SIL4-certified HIMatrix series from HIMA. Its decentralized design with IP-based communication to individual modules has proven to be outstanding for this type of application, especially with regard to interfacing with other railway systems. This enables significant cost reductions, among other aspects in optimized cabling. Thanks to the modularity and flexibility of the HIMatrix platform, XSafe offers a highly configurable solution suitable for almost any type of level crossing. EFACEC and HIMA have, for example, already successfully deployed XSafe level crossing systems in Portuguese and Polish rail infrastructure, and a similar architecture based on HIMatrix platform is also used in EFACEC’s AEGIS Interlocking system, already in service in Oporto Metro (Portugal), Dublin Light Rail (Ireland) and being installed at Odense Light Rail (Denmark).