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THE EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY

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DINoS5G

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.

SUMO4Rail

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.

CertiPro - Certifiable Railway Trackworker Individual Protection

Status date: 11 August 2021

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.

SEMOR

Status date: 26 January 2021

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.

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.

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. 

CAPRESE - 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. 

STEMS

Status date: 10 October 2018

The STEMS project will review whether using GNSS with SBAS corrections is suitable for use in the EU’s ERTMS system.  This activity will focus on the current generation of GPS L1-only SBAS, addressing its suitability for the virtual balise detection in ERTMS and its cross-acceptance by railway safety authorities by 2020. 

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.

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

Status date: 26 February 2018

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: 21 February 2018

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.

LiveLand

Status date: 20 February 2018

Transport operators across the UK face significant challenges in monitoring and detecting landslides and subsidence across their networks. LiveLand supports asset owners and operators to assess and monitor high-risk areas of their transport network providing improved geological hazard information at regional, network and local levels using integrated data from Earth observation satellites and GNSS. 

RailSAT - Monitoring Railway Track Geometry and its Surroundings Search form Search

Status date: 29 June 2017

The objective of the RailSAT project is to assess both the technical feasibility and commercial viability of sustainable operational services that enhance the current practices of monitoring railway track geometry and the surrounding environment by using satellite data. Earth observation, Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) and satellite navigation data are used to achieve this objective.

EOMST

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.

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.

EMUSER - ENHANCED MULTI-SENSOR DATA HANDLER FOR RAILWAYS

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.