More efficient and safer trains
- IKERLAN S COOP
- TECHNIKON FORSCHUNGS- UND PLANUNGSGESELLSCHAFT mbH
- TTTECH COMPUTERTECHNIK AG
- MOXA EUROPE GMBH
- WESTERMO TELEINDUSTRI AB
- ETAS GMBH
- LIEBHERR-TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS GMBH & CO KG
3 991 632,50 €
European programmes: H2020: Shift2Rail
The initiative is based on the results obtained from a previous European project called Safe4RAIL, of which IKERLAN also participated, and features three lines of action.
One of the objectives established is to improve the accuracy of data monitoring and control and the way it is managed by the train bus (Train Control and Monitoring Systems or TCMS). Accordingly, the consortium is looking into ways to implement the Time Sensitive Network (TSN) technology for the first time in the railway sector, which has mechanisms to create, distribute, synchronise and operate systems in real time.
Eliminating of cables to improve traffic, this second project intends to go further by developing a wireless solution for the train bus and eliminating the need for any physical connections between the cars. Wireless technologies will allow for flexible communications between the various components of the train and other interconnected elements (other trains, passengers, etc.), which will result in a smarter rolling stock of European trains and a more efficient railway system.
Brake, traction and air conditioning controls are some of the operations managed by applications installed within train control units and operated remotely. The third and final pillar of the Safe4RAIL-2 project focuses on providing the developers of these applications the possibility of testing them virtually and this way they can be approved before the actual devices are installed onto the trains.
IKERLAN is responsible for coordinating the European Safe4RAIL-2 project in a consortium of eight entities from five European countries, which aims at enhancing the robustness and flexibility of the train bus, as well as the internal communications hub for the units controlling critical aspects of passenger safety, such as brakes, acceleration controls, smoke and fire detection and warning systems, among others.
Take a look at the leaflet here.