TÜV SÜD joins “Charter of Trust” for a secure digital world
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Stepken, Chairman of the Board of Management of TÜV SÜD AG, joined a Charter of Trust signing ceremony in Washington, D.C., on May 17, during the National Infrastructure Week. Companies including Siemens, Cisco, Dell Technologies and Total also joined the ceremony at Bloomberg. The Charter of Trust global cybersecurity initiative is designed to prevent harm to people, businesses, infrastructure and assets by establishing a reliable basis upon which the Fourth Industrial Revolution can be built on. TÜV SÜD is one of the 16 official partners of the "Charter of Trust", a global initiative for more cybersecurity.
One of the initiative’s key goals is to develop and implement rules for ensuring cybersecurity throughout the networked Environment. "We are pleased to be a member of the Charter of Trust and contribute to this initiative by protecting critical systems and large volumes of sensitive data for our customers’ business continuity, building trust in the digital world of today and tomorrow.” Prof. Stepken said.
The Charter or Trust was announced at the Munich Security Conference (MSC) in February 2018. The initiative was founded by companies such as Airbus, Allianz, Daimler Group, IBM, NXP and Deutsche Telekom. With TÜV SÜD, Siemens, Cisco, Dell and Total joining this initiative, the Charter of Trust has 16 members from international larger corporation.
Digitalization brings many risks when it comes to cyber security. The cloud, big data, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence and smart city become a big challenge for security and data protection. “For us, Cybersecurity is the essential part of our services for our clients all over the world and therefore we feel very comfortable to be part of the Charter of Trust” said Prof. Stepken. In 2017, the international service provider invested approximately EUR 123 million in expanding its testing infrastructure, in developing services and business models in the fields of digitisation and the Internet of Things (Industry 4.0), as well as in training of its staff to ensure digital readiness. It also acquired Uniscon GmbH, a supplier of highly secure cloud solutions for data processing, last year.
TÜV SÜD continues its growth trajectory: Revenue rises to over EUR 2.4 billion
TÜV SÜD has a track record of years of sustained growth, driven by dedicated further development of its services and continuous expansion of its network of experts and laboratories. In 2017, the international service provider invested approximately EUR 123 million in expanding its testing infrastructure, in developing services and business models in the fields of digitisation and the Internet of Things (Industry 4.0), as well as in training of its staff to ensure digital readiness. The trust placed in TÜV SÜD by customers all over the world is one of the key reasons for the company’s ability to continue posting profitable growth in 2017 in the face of the difficult global situation. “Political uncertainties, negative currency effects and protectionist tendencies have also impacted our business, which is essentially associated with the global trade of goods and access to global markets – as well as the safety of products, infrastructure and processes”, explained Prof. Dr.-Ing. Axel Stepken, Chairman of the Board of Management of TÜV SÜD AG, at the company's Annual Results Press Conference in Munich. In spite of this difficult situation, the international provider of technical services succeeded in increasing revenue to EUR 2.427 billion and adjusted EBIT to EUR 217 million in fiscal 2017, thereby setting new records. The company generated 42 percent of its revenue from customers outside Germany.
The Future of Mobility: Driving change
“The automotive industry is under intense pressure to curb its role in the growing problem of global warming. The good news is that we are in possession of knowledge, as well as the technology, required to drive change. In the process, we might even create jobs, enable growth, enhance energy security, stabilise climate conditions and ensure cleaner air, to the benefit of us all."
Global Head of e-Mobility at TÜV SÜD
Transportation innovations such as autonomy, connectivity, electrification and shared mobility are already driving significant change in the automotive sector. The powerful combination of these mobility innovations will positively impact the quality of life for millions of people over the coming decades.
Electric vehicles reduce the environmental impact of transport. Electrification of passenger road transport will reduce local air pollutant emissions such as particulate matters and NOX, which are a significant risk to human health. Electric vehicles could represent 35% of global new car sales by 2040.
Connected vehicle and infrastructure solutions could reduce fatalities and serious injuries by 30% worldwide.
Also the capacity optimization of a shared mobility system could reduce city dwellers’ travel costs by 50%. By 2050, one out of three new cars sold could potentially be a shared vehicle.
The Future of Rail Automation
“Automated rail will be the backbone of future transportation. Smart rail technology will meet demand for capacity growth, optimise operations and reduce costs, but this significant sea-change in service delivery will require the rail industry to step-up to new safety and security challenges.”
CEO of TÜV SÜD Rail
Rail automation drivers
The rail industry is faced with rising demand for passenger and freight capacity, alongside an infrastructure that is struggling to keep pace with the rapid rate of urbanisation. The passenger of the future will expect a seamless travel experience, with on-time connections and on-demand travel information. Consequently, a technological renaissance is delivering innovations in driverless trains and passenger information, as well as rolling stock and infrastructure monitoring introducing a move away from ‘time-based’ to ‘condition-based’ maintenance scheduling.
Driverless trains bring many advantages to operators, authorities and users, in terms of increased safety, reliability and flexibility, with metro systems spearheading this automation catalyst. According to a UITP report , as of July 2016, there were 55 fully automated metro lines in 37 cities around the world. Currently totalling approximately 789 km in length , the projection is that by 2025 this will rise to over 2,300 km. The UITP report also states that following successful conversions of both U2 in Nuremberg in 2009 and L1 in Paris in 2012, six European cities have confirmed conversion projects in the coming decade.
The future’s smart
New technologies are delivering intelligence to the rail infrastructure, enabling it to increase capacity at a faster rate, while enhancing operational, environmental and safety performance.
As the railway systems become smarter, there will be an increase in:
Connectivity - intermodal and across operational borders.
Passenger involvement - information systems enabling a more active passenger role.
Predictive maintenance - condition/health monitoring of physical assets and systems.
Condition based maintenance - a large number of sensor-based data collection points.
The rail industry could learn from the experience of other industries, such as automotive, where sensors are already deployed successfully. Traditional engineering solutions will therefore be supplemented increasingly by cognitive technologies, which anticipate breakdowns and avoid accidents. For example, smarter urban railways could see the deployment of multiple sensors, such as cameras, radar and infrared. This would deliver increased safety through innovative analysis algorithms, which would lead to more intelligent systems. Moreover, predictive maintenance, supported by asset information systems and networked technologies for condition monitoring of physical assets, will become a key element to ensure reliable operations and significantly reduce costs.
Safety and IT security challenges
While technological developments will deliver immense benefit, they will also create new safety and IT security assurance challenges, similar to those experienced with Industry 4.0. For example, current functional safety approaches for railway systems are not completely aligned with the needs of new sensor technologies, when combined with real-time data analysis. Likewise, complex autonomous system designs with a high number of safety functions are more prone to designed-in errors, increasing the need for simulation and modelling aids during the design and testing phases.
Furthermore, as communication between vehicle systems and infrastructure increases, IT security of complex, digitised and interconnected processes will become more vulnerable. To offer improved protection against cyberattacks, new automated systems will therefore require different safety assessment approaches to those currently used for more traditional systems.
Delivering safe and secure innovation.
Increased rail automation must reduce safety risks to an acceptable level, including hazards caused by complex system malfunctions. At the same time, IT security measures need to address performance requirements without disrupting safety functions. Risks and vulnerabilities must therefore be identified, and functional safety and IT security be optimised to ensure compliance.
TÜV SÜD has more than 50 years’ experience of working with European and international rail systems. We are the experts at closing the gap between rail safety and IT security compliance approaches, as well as accelerating the homologation process of new automated rail vehicles. Focused on supporting clients to develop new technical solutions that meet the challenges of rail automation, TÜV SÜD harnesses the skills of its international network.
Digital Transformation. Ushering in the fourth technological revolution
Homes, phones, factories, energy grids – it seems that everything has the potential to be ‘smart’. As we stand at the threshold of the fourth technological revolution, digital transformation is enabling components, machines and systems to communicate with one another autonomously.
This is radically changing the way we live and work. Home security and electric vehicles are increasingly a part of our lives. In the factory, predictive maintenance means that equipment is able to monitor and replace its own faulty parts. In some cases, manufacturing times have reduced from days to mere hours.
But the potential of digital transformation will only be fully realised if people have confidence in new technologies. TÜV SÜD is uniquely positioned to accomplish this. We are involved with pilot projects across industry sectors such as Automotive, Energy and Manufacturing. Our goal is to help companies integrate the latest technologies into their businesses while ensuring functional safety, interoperability and minimizing IT security risks. Our security testing, risk assessment and certification services ensure trust in the transformative power of digital technologies. To us, the future is already here.
Predicting the unpredictable: Are driverless cars ready for real-world complexity?
A race that looks set to radically transform our cities and lives as high-tech newcomers and established car manufacturers vie to spearhead the autonomous vehicle revolution. Soon we may live in cities where we work while commuting, instead of simply commuting to work. Cities in which driverless cars travel more closely together generating a host of time and energy efficiencies. Cities with open spaces instead of parking spaces. And perhaps most importantly of all, a world in which road accidents, often the result of human error, are reduced by as much as 90%.
But are we really ready to hand over the wheel and put that much faith in our machines? As drivers know, traffic represents a highly complex system, capable of changing in an instant. How can drivers be assured that the autonomous vehicle is ready to venture out on its own?
This assurance won’t happen overnight, but will require a gradual process. The pace of this transition will rely on the development of technology, frameworks, and on the mindset of each individual driver. Accepting co-piloting features like automatic cruise-control, autonomous emergency braking and lane-keeping is one thing. Giving up full control of the car will prove to be a greater challenge. In a poll conducted by TÜV SÜD, 30% of the respondents said they consider autonomous driving to be “safe” or “very safe”, while almost 30% were undecided. The remaining respondents considered autonomous cars to be “somewhat unsafe” (18%) or even “unsafe” (24%).
As autonomous vehicles emerge from the test lab and on to our roads, their ability to capture public support will depend on the trust and confidence of the drivers themselves. Notably, legal liability along with the technological reality, will shift from drivers to developers and manufacturers.
With the number of real-life traffic scenarios in real-life traffic almost infinite, each autonomous vehicle faces a very complex reality. How can we validate their capability to manage on their own? Actively shaping the mobility of tomorrow, TÜV SÜD is developing an integral, scenario based assessment approach to achieve just that.
Setting out to test every conceivable situation as we move from A to B would be futile. A more realistic approach would be to identify and assess a set of test cases covering an essential range of scenarios.
For this purpose, TÜV SÜD experts are developing a methodology for the thorough analysis of scenarios, environments, system configurations and driver characteristics. Having determined a significant and sufficiently complete set of test cases, different test levels are utilised for assessment of these self-driving cars: virtual, proving ground and field tests.
This testing methodology is applicable for system development processes, legislative proposals as well as type approvals and confirmation of product safety.
TÜV SÜD participates in the German government’s PEGASUS project, a consortium of central automotive industry stakeholders that focuses on assessment and validation of highly automated driving systems on highways, thereby laying the right foundation for market release.
Just as important as the safety of self-driving vehicles on highways is their safe rollout within urban environments. Therefore, TÜV SÜD also participates in Singapore’s CETRAN project that will develop testing standards for urban use of automated vehicles.
As autonomous mobility advances, our cars will increasingly connect with each other and surrounding infrastructure. Connected smart mobility transportation systems will improve traffic flow and passenger safety, but will also introduce security-related vulnerabilities. For the automotive sector, IT-security presents a new threat landscape that requires a holistic approach.
As with any new technology, a preemptive assessment of risks is critical to ensure that the driverless car truly delivers on its phenomenal potential. With an expert Partner such as TÜV SÜD by your side at every turn, you can rest assured that the road ahead will be smarter, safer and more rewarding.