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.
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 aims to develop an innovative multi-sensor component aimed at providing relative and absolute position and odometry information suitable for the railway environment.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
3InSat is a project aiming at developing and verifying a new satellite-based platform, based on the ASTS ERTMS system, to support the train localisation function. This satellite supported solution is not yet available on the market because of the very challenging safety requirements (Safety Integrity Level 4 SIL4 requirement) that a railway signalling system shall comply with.
The objective of SafeRail is to improve the safety at Rail Level Crossings (RLC). In terms of accident prevention, RLC are demanding spots since two disparate transportation systems are intersecting (road, rail respectively) and neither of them completely controls the situation. In response to this, SafeRail provides a flexible and secure solution at a moderate price, using latest advancements in satellite technology.
The LeCross study assessed the added value and feasibility of an integrated service solution to improve safety at railway level crossings through the use of added-value space-based technologies, systems and capabilities.
The SATCOM rail project addresses the specification of a framework for the introduction and authorisation of Satellite Communications in support of railway safety and liability critical applications and services.
The EGNOS Controlled Railway Equipment (ECORAIL) project deals with the implementation of satellite navigation into the railway domain to demonstrate the feasibility and benefits of GNSS in combination with the European Train Control and Rail Traffic Management System (ETCS/ERTMS).
The main objective of the RadioCompass project has been to develop and test an innovative system for the purpose of high-precision/high-integrity train navigation and attitude determination.
The primary objective is to demonstrate the improvement of the train self-capability in determining its own position and velocity, with a limited or no support from the track side, and to show that the equipment can comply with the European Railway Train Management System (ERTMS) requirements.
The aim of INTEGRAIL is to open the way for profitable use of the EGNOS signal in safety-critical railway traffic management and control.
The main objective of LOCOLOC is the development and demonstration of a complete very low cost fail-safe train navigation and integrity system based on the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), focusing on speed and acceleration, as well as a service centre to complement LOCOPROL, a related project launched by the European Commission.