E-Mark Approval in Public Transport
What it Indicates and its Significance for Electronics in Buses and Trains
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With the rising integration of electronic systems in public transport, the E-Mark certification ensures that road vehicles and their components meet strict safety and environmental standards. The E-Mark, also known as ECE Mark, was established by the United Nations (UN) Economic Commission for Europe (ECE). It represents a standardized system of vehicle design regulations that apply to both the European Economic Area and worldwide.
The E-Mark approval also applies to important electronic devices like Ethernet switches, ensuring international compliance. The E-mark is directly affixed to the vehicle or the relevant component, signifying its type approval.
The e-Mark, indicated by a lowercase “e” and a test number in a rectangle, was developed by the European Commission (EC) to establish standardized vehicle regulations for all EU member states.
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) established the second set of parallel vehicle regulations, marked with an uppercase “E.” While the UN regulations address nearly identical requirements, the E-Mark has global applicability and receives broader recognition.
E1 – Germany, E2 – France, E3 – Italy, E4 – Netherlands, E5 – Sweden, E6 – Belgium, E7 – Hungary, E8 – Czech Republic, E9 – Spain, E10 – Yugoslavia, E11 – United Kingdom, E12 – Austria, E13 – Luxembourg, E14 – Switzerland, E16 – Norway, E17 – Finland, E18 – Denmark, E19 – Romania, E20 – Poland, E21 – Portugal, E22 – Russian Federation, E23 – Greece, E24 – Ireland, E25 – Croatia, E26 – Slovenia, E27 – Slovakia, E28 – Belarus, E29 – Estonia, E31 – Bosnia and Herzegovina, E32 – Latvia, E34 – Bulgaria, E37 – Turkey, E40 – Macedonia, E42 – European Community, E43 – Japan, E45 – Australia, E46 – Ukraine, E47 – South Africa.
The E-Mark certification covers a broad range of products, including road vehicles, electronic sub-assemblies (ESAs), and accessories. Its primary goal is to ensure the safety of drivers, passengers, and pedestrians during the operation of road vehicles. Obtaining E-Mark compliance involves specific steps, emphasizing electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), road noise, fuel economy, energy efficiency, and emissions, depending on the product tested.
The E-Mark approval is of significant importance for public transport operations, particularly in the following areas:
- Safety and Compliance: E-Mark certification guarantees that components used in public transport vehicles meet strict safety and environmental standards. This leads to a more reliable and secure transportation service that fosters trust among passengers.
- Global Acceptance: The E-Mark not only validates compliance within the European Union but also extends recognition to various non-European countries. This alignment of international conformity requirements allows E-Mark products to be seamlessly integrated into diverse transportation systems worldwide without the need for additional testing and assessment.
- Streamlined Approval Process: Adhering to the rigorous safety standards outlined by the UN ECE R10 regulations eliminates further testing and assessments, ensuring smoother operations and quicker deployment.
The E-Mark is particularly significant for those looking for network switches for city buses. This type of devices must meet specific requirements, such as electromagnetic compatibility as per UN ECE R10 and compliance with fire safety standards outlined in UN ECE R118.
ROQSTAR M12 Ethernet switches are uniquely designed for use in public transport and bear the E1 (Germany) certification mark. The E1 certification mark signifies their suitability for installation in road vehicles, thereby guaranteeing a reliable network infrastructure, efficient communication and data transfer within public transport buses.
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