SATLOC
Satellite Based Operation and Management of Local Low Traffic Lines

Background & Objectives

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.

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.

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.

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...).
Market application: 
Coordinator: 
Gheorghe Barbu
Union Internationale des Chemins de Fer (UIC)
15 rue Jean Rey
75015 Paris
France
Contact: 
GSA Project Officer: 
Daniel Lopour
Total Cost: 
2 616 436 €
EU Contributions: 
1 269 323 €
Project Call: 
FP7 3rd Call
Contract Number: 
286892

Work performed & 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.

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Partners
SPIRENT COMMUNICATIONS...
SPIRENT COMMUNICATIONS PLC
FH-WELS
FH-WELS
Austria
SIEMENS
SIEMENS
Austria
TU-BS
TU-BS
Germany
CFR)
CFR)
France
French institute of...
French institute of science and technology for transport, development and networks, IFSTTAR-LEOST-ESTAS
France
RZD
RZD
France
TRV
TRV
France
UIC and UIC railways (...
UIC and UIC railways (RFI)
France
INVENSYS RAIL
INVENSYS RAIL
United Kingdom
Ansaldo Sts S.P.A.
Ansaldo Sts S.P.A.
Italy
Telespazio S.p.A.
Telespazio S.p.A.
Italy
AFER
AFER
Romania
RCCF-TRANS
RCCF-TRANS
Romania

Updated: Oct 10, 2018