Satellite Based Operation and Management of Local Low Traffic Lines

Updated: Aug 13, 2016

Why this project is important for EGNOS/GSA/SatNav?: 

This project provides a live demonstration of EGNOS and GALILEO use in railway control and safety within economic conditions adapted to low density traffic lines, along with validation and certification based on GNSS.

Background: 

15 years of studies of satellite applications in the rail sector, led by the UIC, ETCS and ERTMS, Regional IFSTTAR and SPIRENT include the simulation of geo-referenced conditions.
SIEMENS, ANSALDO and INVENSYS RAIL integrate industry know-how in train control telecommunications and use of ETCS standards.

Objectives: 

To prove, by theoretic and live demonstration, that GNSS is compliant with rail requirements for train control functions in line with ETCS developments:

  • Live demonstration of train control and operation + traffic management based on GNSS on the pilot line Bartolomeu - Zarnesti on RCCF-TRANS in Romania - application of GNSS in train controls, compliant with ETCS;
  • Development of reference methodology for validation and certification of GNSS based rail safety;
  • Development of strategy for migration to ETCS, including the economic models, market assessment and portability methodology based on simulation.
How does it work?: 

GNSS with SOL provides the train location, speed and precise timing for the train control. The fix integrity and high-level safety are assured by close-loop integration of train traffic and movement authority control from the control centre. The high degree of innovation in the integrated train-track behaviour enables lower safety integrity components to achieve a very high safety target.

Results: 
  • All specification requirements (ORS, FRS, SRS, ARS and RAMS) as demanded by current rail standards are applied to the pilot application;
  • Software high level specification;
  • Hardware specification and identification of the HW components available on the market.

Start of system engineering:

  • SW architecture
  • Route map on SIL4 integrity
  • Specification for use of virtual balises and virtual block layout
  • Integration of main hardware components in a lab trial, prior to validation for on-site integration.
Next Steps: 
  • Specification and documentation of laboratory mock-up system and validation;
  • Integration on pilot site (3 operational trains and traffic control centre with extended functionality);
  • Specification, documentation and run of real scale trials and demonstration;
  • Assessment of the market, on low traffic density lines which encompass about 40% of the European rail network;
  • Application of economic model and demonstration of concept portability;
  • Identification and proposal of eventual standardisation items (e.g. route map, virtual balise, virtual block...).
Images: 
SATLOC Application

Project details

Name of the Project: 
Satellite Based Operation and Management of Local Low Traffic Lines
Acronym: 
SATLOC
Name of Proposal: 
SATLOC
Contract Number: 
286892
Classification: 
GALILEO.2011.1.4-1 Use of EGNOS and Galileo for safety-of-life applications for all transport modes
Total Cost: 
2 616 436 €
EU Contributions: 
1 269 323 €
Project Call: 
FP7 3rd Call
Start Date: 
01/01/2012
Duration: 
28
Project Type: 
Application
Coordinator: 
Gheorghe Barbu
Union Internationale des Chemins de Fer (UIC)
15 rue Jean Rey
75015 Paris
France
Tel: 
+33 1 44 49 21 07
Fax: 
+33 1 44 49 20 69
Scientific Officer: 
Daniel Lopour
Partners: 

AT

  • FH-WELS
  • SIEMENS

DE

  • TU-BS

FR

  • CFR)
  • IFSTTAR
  • RZD
  • TRV
  • UIC and UIC railways (RFI

GB

  • INVENSYS RAIL
  • SPIRENT plc

IT

  • ANSALDO STS
  • Telespazio

RO

  • AFER
  • RCCF-TRANS