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Satellite Air Interface for Railway Control Communications

Closing date: 04 October 2019

The objective of the activity is to develop and demonstrate a satellite air interface for railway control communications. The activity will validate the development using realistic packet level simulations and will implement a transceiver in software-defined radio.

GNSS Receiver Chain Technology Enabler and Integrity Techniques for the Railway Environment

Closing date: 09 April 2019

The objective of this activity is to develop a railway GNSS receiver chain technology enabler, to support the testing and validation of integrity concepts, algorithms, and techniques for receivers in a railway environment.

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.

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: 24 May 2019

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.

SBS RAILS Phase 2.1 - Technology Demonstrator for the Certification of a Satellite-based ERTMS L2 Regional Line Solution

Status date: 19 December 2018

SBS RailS Phase 2.1 aims to design, build and test the first European Demonstrator of Train Control System based on the ERTMS L2 standard operating with satellite navigation and a satcom multi-bearer telecom service. The demonstrator will be tested on the Pinerolo-Sangone pilot line in collaboration with RFI that in the meantime has activated the certification process with the safety agencies.

Sim4Rail

Status date: 06 December 2018

The Sim4Rail activity aims to specify and develop highly controllable laboratory tools for a testbed to test and support the development of PNT (Positioning, Navigation and Timing) technologies for railway signalling including applications in the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) / European Train Control System (ETCS). The testbed will support testing under both nominal and extreme conditions, including support for fault-injection testing. 

Techniques Supporting Resilience for High Integrity Train Control Applications

Status date: 05 November 2018

The objective of the CAPRESE project is to assess, design and test techniques for improving the robustness of carrier phase measurements for use in GNSS positioning for virtual balise detection in ERTMS. 

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.