GaLoROI: Galileo Localisation for Railway Operation Innovation

Updated: Aug 13, 2016

Project details

Galileo.2011.1.7-1 Use of Galileo and EGNOS services for mass market and in niche sectors (to be mainly provided by SMEs)
Total Cost: 
1 539 220 €
EU Contributions: 
916 450 €
Contract Number: 
Project Call: 
FP7 3rd Call
Start Date: 
Project Type: 


Uwe Becker
iQST GmbH Institute for Quality, Safety and Transportation
Hermann-Blenk-Str. 22
38108 Braunschweig
+49 (0) 1635768550
49 (0) 53120856711
Scientific Officer: 
Daniel Lopour
Why this project is important for EGNOS/GSA/SatNav?: 

GaLoROI will support the adoption of EGNOS by using it as an augmentation system, because it will lead to increased accuracy even before the usage of the Galileo Safety of Life Service is possible.


This project acts as an appropriate base for the migration from conventional localisation equipment to the use of Galileo for transportation. As nearly 50% of all railway lines in Europe are secondary railway lines and this is even more true in other countries, this sector may be considered a niche that could become a mass market, based on the number of about 50,000 locomotives in Europe. The resulting localisation unit promises a short-term return on investment (ROI).


A satellite based train localisation unit reduces high manufacturing, installation and maintenance costs because it only needs to be installed on trains and requires no track side equipment. The objective of GaLoROI is that the localisation unit delivers localisation information with high accuracy, integrity, availability and a Safety Integrity Level (SIL) which is sufficient for safety-relevant localisation within train control systems. The objective includes compatibility with other train control systems. The localisation through the satellite based localisation unit allows a continuous localisation which will increase capacity in comparison to discrete localisation of track side equipment.
In terms of practical usability in the railway system, a main objective of GaLoROI is the certification of the localisation unit according to European safety standards like the Common Safety Standards and Common Safety Targets of the European Railway Agency.

How does it work?: 

In GaLoROI a certifiable safety relevant satellite-based on-board train localisation unit will be developed. After the certification, many operational options exist for commercial usage. The on-board train localisation unit can be part of an automatic train control system which no longer requires additional track side railway signalling technology. In this train control system, existing and new technologies will be integrated for efficient and safe operations in the railway network.


This project will result in an on-board localisation unit that is ready for the market. This will lead to a significant reduction in costs, promoting train transport as a sustainable mode of transport ready for the future. As a result, GaLoROI will provide innovations in operations, safety and efficiency, as well as social and economic benefits.

Next Steps: 

Implementation and testing of the localisation unit during summer 2013.

  • Septentrio NV
  • BBR-Baudis bergmann Rösch GmbH
  • iQST GmbH
  • Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
  • Technische Universität Braunschweig