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Workshop: Managing Rail Mobile Communications Evolution

2-3 November 2016, Sophia Antipolis, France

At this event, ESA's Michele Castorina & Christian Wullems will be giving a presentation: Satellite for rail use (GNSS and satcoms)

Satellite-based signalling systems ready to roll

Using satellite-based resources, Ansaldo STS (IT) is implementing the virtual balise concept for the railway industry. "Using a satnav- and satcoms-based solution should significantly reduce the costs of implementing ERMTS", says ESA's Michele Castorina.

Tracking Trains by Satellite: a premiere for Europe

The incorporation of satellite services in railway signalling systems is now one step closer thanks to the successful test of a demonstration system on a regional rail line on the island of Sardinia.


SBS-RailS - Space Based Services for Railway Signalling

Status date: 28 October 2016

The Space Based Services for Railway Signalling feasibility study is dedicated to investigate how an integrated satellite navigation and satellite communication solution can complement  the Level 2 European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS).

Satellite navigation systems can be integrated with the on-board and wayside signalling systems to guarantee the required level of safety (Safety Integrity Level - SIL4) that is today provided by the existing train detection systems, while satellite communication systems can complement or even replace terrestrial communications.

RAILSAFE - Innovative Satellite-based Position, Navigation and Timing Concepts for New Railway Safety of Life Applications

Status date: 24 October 2016

The RAILSAFE project is aimed at exploring how different safety-enabled GNSS Augmentation techniques (such as SBAS, GBAS or RAIM) can be used or adapted to be used in the railway domain, thus fostering the adoption of GNSS technologies in a wider range of applications and contributing to the creation of the aforementioned business opportunities, as an input to a GNSS roadmap for railways.

Signal Processing Techniques for the Integrity of Navigation for Land Users (INLU)

Status date: 24 October 2016

INLU is a versatile testbed for integrity algorithms for land users (including railway users). It includes signal and threat generation capabilities at sample level, a versatile software receiver which allows combining various acquisition, tracking, PVT, multipath mitigation, consistency check and integrity algorithms, and means for analyzing the integrity performance of the algorithms under test.  Part of the activity is dedicated to assessing the integrity performance of algorithms in the railway environment for application in satellite-based train control systems.

Space Technologies for Machine-2-Machine Applications (SatApps)

Status date: 17 October 2016

Internet of Things/IoT – M2M – industry 4.0 – these headlines are representing large user groups which have an urgent need of a globally available, low-cost, secure data service, dedicated to very small data volumes per sensor and for use also in remote areas. The objective of the study is the requirements analysis of 2 focus user groups:  railway transportation and container/waste management.


Status date: 01 February 2016

EMUSER is an innovative obstacle detection system integrated with a satellite Broad Band link for the safety of active level crossings.

EMUSER provides increased resilience in case of natural disasters or damages to the rail infrastructure. It can be installed in areas that are uncovered by conventional communication networks.


Simulation Testbed for Evaluation of GNSS Performance in a Railway Environment

The proposed testbed would facilitate testing of receiver performances in a railway environment and testing of receiver technologies, concepts and algorithms for detection and mitigation of local feared events (LFEs), for which it is statistically improbable to observe many types of LFEs in a field test.

Improving Safety at Railway Level Crossings

Closing date: 07 February 2014

The objective of this IAP (ARTES element 20) Feasibility Study is to assess the feasibility and viability, from a technical, economical and non-economical perspective, of an integrated solution and associated services, supporting the improvement of railway level crossing safety.

Predicting, Monitoring and Alerting of Landslides and Subsidence Affecting the Transport Infrastructure

Closing date: 07 February 2014

The objective of this IAP (ARTES element 20) Feasibility Study is to assess the feasibility of using space based assets to assist in predicting landslides and subsidence likely to affect the transport infrastructure in order to reduce the damage to this infrastructure, the risk to the transport users and the cost of both operation and travel disruption. The study will address both the road and rail sector.

Space Based Services for Railway Signalling

Closing date: 14 November 2014

The Feasibility Study "Space Based Services for Railway Signalling" (SBS-RailS) has the scope to analyse a using satellite navigation and satellite communications within the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS).