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Proving Train Integrity Using Satellite Navigation Services For Train Control Applications

Closing date: 20 July 2018

The study will propose a roadmap for implementation and demonstration of the proposed solution. It is envisaged that the study will be supported by key users and stakeholders, who will contribute to requirements and explore opportunities for demonstrating the proposed solution through a potential follow-up Demonstration Project.

Techniques Supporting Resilience For High Integrity Train Control Applications

Closing date: 02 July 2018

This activity aims to assess, design and test techniques for improving robustness of GNSS carrier tracking in the railway environment for railway Safety of Life applications. The activity focuses on the use of GNSS positioning for virtual balise detection in the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS).

 

System Suitability Study For Train Positioning Using GNSS In ERTMS In 2020

Closing date: 15 February 2018

The objective of this activity is to study the suitability of the current generation of SBAS for use in an evolution of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) using GNSS for virtual balise detection. This activity focuses on the current generation of the European SBAS, EGNOS v2 (GPS L1 only).

News and Events

ESA Supports European Railway Industry in the Development of “Game-changing” Satellite Functions for the Long-Term Evolution of ERTMS

ESA supports ETCS Level 3 and Satellite positioning to improve ERMTS operational performance and reduce the cost of the overall system.

New study: satcoms for the rail industry

The feasibility of using satellite communications for rail communications is the subject of a new study prepared for the European Railway Agency by INDRA and ALG

GNSS-based rail signalling gets world premiere in Australia

A new rail line in Australia uses GNSS positioning for ERTMS signalling, introducing the concept of virtual balises for ERTMS Level 2 solutions. It has obtained SIL4 certification, the stringent safety integrity level which is required by train control systems. 

Projects

Iris4Rail - Iris for Railway Communications

Status date: 11 October 2018

The Iris for Railway Communications study aims to perform a suitability assessment of the Iris service solution, specifically defined for the aeronautics domain, in the railway operational scenario.

SAT4TRAIN

Status date: 10 October 2018

The main objective of Sat4Train is to develop a Multi Link Communication Platform (MLCP) able to use all the available terrestrial and satellite public communication services providing an innovative solution, especially for regional and in general low-traffic lines, where dedicated networks (i.e. GSM-R) are not economically sustainable.

STEMS - System Suitability Study for Train Positioning using GNSS in the European Rail Traffic Management System

Status date: 10 October 2018

The STEMS project will review whether using GNSS with SBAS corrections is suitable for use in the EU’s ERTMS system.  This activity will focus on the current generation of GPS L1-only SBAS, addressing its suitability for the virtual balise detection in ERTMS and its cross-acceptance by railway safety authorities by 2020. 

RailSAT

Status date: 29 June 2017

The objective of the RailSAT project is to assess both the technical feasibility and commercial viability of sustainable operational services that enhance the current practices of monitoring railway track geometry and the surrounding environment by using satellite data. Earth observation, Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) and satellite navigation data are used to achieve this objective.

EOMST

Status date: 23 January 2017

The EOMST system developed by 21Net enables Internet services on board high-speed trains. The system uses multiple communication technologies to access the internet: cellular, WiFi and satellite. A Mobile Access Router manages the links  depending on their availabilities.