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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. 

Improving Internet access on high-speed trains

WIth the support of ESA through the ARTES programme, 21net has built a system that seemlessly integrates satcoms to improve the user experience of WiFi on high-speed trains.

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.



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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.


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).

Simulation Testbed for Evaluation of GNSS Performance in a Railway Environment

Closing date: 16 January 2017

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.