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Satellite Air Interface for Railway Control Communications

Status date: 26 April 2024

SAIRCC will evaluate and demonstrate the performance of a satellite system that can be used as an alternative solution to GSM-R system, with particular interest to ERTMS / ETCS (European Train Control System) on-board applications, while being compliant with safety integrity level equal to SIL4 and relying on NO-SIL high availability communication channels.


Status date: 26 April 2024

TRACK will develop and test the control and management FRMCS protocol stacks, enabling railway control communication via satellite and a full integration with the terrestrial access network. Signalling procedures will be defined and tested, including handshaking, registration, call establishments, priority access, quality of service scheduler, resource management, handovers, outage detections and reporting. The protocols will be 5G compatible to ensure full integration into the FRMCS railway control services.


Status date: 26 April 2024

5G-INRAIL will develop a complete end-to-end 5G NR physical layer software demonstrator for railway control communications over satellite. Building on previous work from the above projects, the simulator will use the defined satellite orbit scenarios and frequency bands of interest for FRMCS over satellite, fine-tuning of existing channel models to be made very realistic and specific for the railway-satellite channel.

Disruptive GNSS Receiver Technologies for Future Railway Signalling Applications

Status date: 20 October 2023

The project aims to investigate at new technologies and concepts that can benefit the inclusion of GNSS in Future Railway Signalling Applications. The project will not only look at the alternative technologies – proven and emerging – but also the risks and challenges implementing them into a rail environment, as well as the safety cases and product approvals that would need to be addressed to allow operational deployment.


Status date: 23 February 2023

This activity aims to deliver a data integration and predictive analytics service for rail freight in the UK. The software platform will help and feed the existing software infrastructure for different users and customers, connecting any relevant internal & external data source to make non-flexible software modules/silos extremely flexible through collaboration, data exchange and integration.


Status date: 23 February 2023

The objective of the proposed activity is to develop a demonstration of a hybrid satellite communications and terrestrial network for use on trains.


Status date: 22 February 2023

LiveEO provides an innovative infrastructure monitoring for railways, electricity grids and pipelines that identifies vegetation, ground deformation and third-party interactions in order to progress to predictive maintenance and aims at reducing operational expenses by at least 25%.

CertiPro - Certifiable Railway Trackworker Individual Protection

Status date: 17 February 2023

In this truly European project, an innovative railway track worker protection system will be evaluated for its reliability and its ability to enhance the safety of railway track workers. The goal is to demonstrate the safety capabilities of the track worker protection system in a real environment, integrated into the challenging infrastructure of a railway operator in Italy.


Status date: 17 February 2023

This activity aims to develop a GNSS receiver platform for rail (the GREET Receiver Platform), which will help realize the important potential of GNSS as a component of the on-board multi-sensor train localization unit (TLOBU). Fusion with other sensors (e.g. Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), tachometer, track geometry, etc.) will be mandatory to mitigate the known impact of local effects on GNSS performance and allow the use of a localization unit, with the required safety level, across all the European rail network, from main lines to regional lines, from mountainous areas to urban environments.


Status date: 17 February 2023

Rx4Rail Project aims to design and develop a GNSS Receiver Chain Technology for Future Railways. The developed receiver is a dual frequency (L1/L5) multi constellation (Galileo/GPS) GNSS receiver based on state of art hardware technology, and is fully configurable. It is based on GNSS positioning performance requirements to support target ETCS functions and implements Integrity concepts suitable for evolutionary ETCS.

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

Status date: 01 January 2023

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.


Status date: 08 December 2022

SEMOR-3D aims to include modelling techniques to overcome the problem of lack of precision in hostile railway environment as can be met in mountains or valleys where the GNSS satellites can lose visibility. In Italy as in the main railway network of centre Europe the percentage rails that runs in mountain area is relevant, so, adopting 3D techniques will extend the use of SEMOR and enhance the worker protection. The present proposal will aim to develop a SEMOR-3D prototype able to improve dramatically workers safety and reducing delay in train traffic.


Status date: 08 December 2022

The EO4Infrastructure project is conceived as EO application project that aim at developing innovative EO products and methods in response to authoritative end-user requirements and to prepare the ground for a long-term exploitation by large user communities through dedicated down-stream services.


Status date: 31 October 2022

To set up a Worksite Protection System prototype introducing individual protection to improve workers safety and cutting delay in train traffic movements due to the limitation of the process based on current ATWS.


Status date: 06 October 2022

AGIS4RAIL is a very innovative solution to obtain the train absolute position exploiting a multi-sensor platform based on GNSS.
AGIS4RAIL operates within ERTMS/ETCS signalling system, aiming at providing an economic solution to increase the efficiency of the traffic management. One main issue of the current system is represented by the Start of Mission (SOM) along the track. Infact, once the train loses its position, it has to move at low speed until it reads the next balise in order to re-establishing its position; after that the train can proceed at the expected speed. This process could lead to delays that are not negligible with respect to train separation, affecting also other trains in the line.
AGIS4RAIL acts as a gap filler to determine the train position without waiting for the next balise, reducing the time required to reach full speed.


Status date: 22 September 2022

LUCI’s main objective is to provide adjacent land use change identification over a demonstration part of the UK rail network. By utilising remotely sensed Earth Observation imagery and machine learning models, the project will deliver a change map of the land adjacent to the rail network.  The solution delivers change alerts and type of change information to allow users to assess the impact of the change.


Status date: 18 August 2021

DINoS5G project aims to develop an end-to-end platform from integration of High Throughput Satellite (HTS) system and 5G terrestrial infrastructure, enabling communications for an advanced diagnostic service in the railway environment. The platform provides communication interfaces to applications for real-time monitoring and “smart” predictive maintenance services of the railway infrastructure.


Status date: 18 August 2021

SUMO4Rail aims at a concise evaluation of the German ground motion service (Boden-Bewegungs Dienst – BBD) deformation products with dedicated consideration of the requirements of the Eisenbahn-Bundesamt (German Federal Railway Authority, Germany – EBA) including the valorization of these deformation products for the EBAs monitoring and decision support system.

VOLIERA - Video Odometry with LIDAR and EGNSS for ERTMS Applications

Status date: 06 February 2020

VOLIERA aims to develop an innovative multi-sensor component aimed at providing relative and absolute position and odometry information suitable for the railway environment.

3TIMS - ERTMS Level 3 Train Integrity Monitoring Solution

Status date: 31 May 2019

The project “3TIMS” focuses on the on-board monitoring of the completeness of freight trains, because the lack of electrical power supply at its wagons prevented a safe solution so far. 3TIMS involves rail stakeholders and investigates fusion of three technologies (GNSS with IMU, Brake Pipe monitoring, M2M radio links), to establish the design and consolidating it by a proof-of-concept analysis.