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Users and their needs

In both, railways and waste containers management, there is a stringent demand for energy-autonomous operating sensors which provide dedicated status information. Three large system operators explained their interest in supporting the study. Both user groups require dedicated status information of their stationary (infrastructure) and mobile (wagon) devices or waste containers. 

Complementing to the user groups, the Eureka system integrator and service provider for energy autonomous telematics units, sensors and data operation as GSOC collaborate free of charge.

For use in railways or in container monitoring as it’s done for recyclable waste, the M2M data to be transmitted are in the area of position / localization, time, system status, aberrations or “anomalies” of the to be monitored device as well as of critical infrastructure which is required for e.g. seamless transport chains (e.g. bridges, railroads, etc.). An operational scenario for e.g. railway application has already been evaluated in detail within the GP-AIMS project.

The most stringent user needs are the following:

  • Global 24/7 availability and service (in a first step at least trans-continental)
  • Extreme low communication cost
  • Very small bandwidth per sensor
  • Extreme low available energy at the sensor device/energy-autonomous 
  • Harsh environmental conditions

Highest level of demand of data security

Switzerland, Germany and Russian Federation RF

Current Status

The project has been kicked off on 18 May 2016 for a nine months duration to get in ahead of the Demonstration Project Phase.

The first stakeholder workshop has taken place on May 30 in Moscow. The Swiss Ambassador took part in the workshop. 30 participants came from RZD Russian Railways and its Research centre, NIIAS as from the following companies & organisations: CTekh/CDI, CDI CV, Infotrans, Fink Elektrik and OPZhT. A wide spectrum of requirements could have been properly addressed and discussed. The main outcome of this workshop will be emphasised into a protocol proposed by CTO NIIAS between the different parties NIIAS, Eureka and SAT4M2M. It has already been agreed by RZD / NIIAS to participate in the SatApps Demonstration Phase. The other workshops with DB Schenker and Remondis, Germany will be organized before the User Requirements Review (URR).

Prime Contractor


Project Managers

Contractor Project Manager

Martin Haunschild
Bruderholzrain 24
4002 Basel
+41 799235516

ESA Project Manager

Harwell Campus, Fermi Avenue
OX11 0FD
United Kingdom

Status Date

17 October 2016 - Created: 17 October 2016