The X2Rail-1 project aims to research and develop six selected key technologies to foster innovations in the field of railway signalling and automation systems towards a flexible, real-time, intelligent traffic management and decision support system.
The actions to be undertaken in the scope of X2Rail-1 are related to the following specific objectives:
The results of X2Rail-1 will contribute to additional research and development work streams of future projects and will also be expanded into further fields such as Traffic Management. The future projects will also allow concepts developed in the phase of this X2Rail-1 project to be further implemented to higher technical readiness level (TRL).
WP01 - Project ManagementThe objectives of this work package are to ensure efficient and effective
Coordination of the project
Management of the consortium and contract management
Administrative and financial management
Quality managementWP02 - Technical Coherence and System IntegrationThe objective of this WP is to coordinate the four technical work packages (WP3, WP4, WP5, WP6, WP7, WP8) and the dissemination work package (WP9) to create a single project that addresses the whole subject of research and innovations in X2Rail-1 in coherence with the ongoing and future and concurrent S2R IP2 research and development activities. WP03 - Adaptable Communication SystemThis work package will provide the starting activities for an adaptable IP communication system based on standard technologies with enhanced throughput, safety and security functionalities to take advantage of new technologies, supporting the current and future needs of signalling systems (like ATO – Automatic Train Operation) and voice services. WP04 - ATO over ETCSThis WP will address Automatic Train Operation over ETCS (European Train Control System). It will start from the current experience in urban applications and some existing main line applications in order to address all the market segments of Main Lines: High Speed Line, Low Traffic/Regional Lines, Urban/Suburban, Freight) and to extend these applications from fenced systems (urban rail) to open systems (single EU Railway Area).
The WP shall:
Focus on GoA2 starting from inputs from Ten-T 3rd call (ATO over ETCS - Technical Interoperability Requirement for GoA2); the operation concepts updated according to the results of the European NGTC project and existing standard IEC 62290-2;
Perform the feasibility study and preliminary design for GoA3 and GoA4 solutions (incl. IEC 62267).WP05 - Moving BlockThe objective of the Moving Block Work Package is to define a high capacity, low cost, high reliability signalling system, based on Moving Block principles, which is applicable across all railway market segments. High Capacity is based on the use of Moving Block principles, which permits decoupling of the infrastructure from train performance parameters. Low Cost is achieved by the reduction in the use of trackside train detection and line-side signals. High Reliability is achieved as a consequence of the reduction in trackside equipment associated with trackside train detection and line-side signals.
The Work package will principally develop moving block operational and engineering rules, system specifications, a safety and security analysis and an application analysis. WP06 - Zero on-site TestingThe objective of this WP is to standardise the testing scope and procedures for signalling and telecom systems in order to improve quality and interoperability, reduce significantly on-site testing as well as the time to market.
The work package aims at:
Assessing today’s practice of field testing, including benchmarking with other industries;
Defining a common framework for the test process, which will guide the decision between on-site, and lab/simulation tests;
Defining a dedicated system test architecture for lab testing supporting Zero On-sight Testing;
Standardizing interfaces and test processes to ensure reproducibility;
Fostering interoperability of products based on commercial tests;
Foster common engineering, operational rules and concepts;
Create an international platform for knowledge exchange and harmonisation of specifications and processes in order to ensure efficiency.WP07 - Smart Wayside ObjectsThe overall scope of this work package is to contribute to the development of an autonomous, intelligent, maintenance free smart equipment (“box”) able to connect with any signalling wayside object and communicating device in the area (by radio or satellite) in order to foster overall reduction both of installation and maintenance costs. The objective of this work package is to arrive at definitions and specification of practical demonstrations of prototypes. The WP’s detailed objectives are as follows:
Specifications for Smart wayside objects;
Develop concepts for locally derived power supply;
Develop concepts for the overall reduction of power consumptions and required cabling;
Specify data exchange with existing and/ or new control systems (Traffic Management System/Interlocking/On-board Unit)
Specification of maintenance data over high capacity communication links to allow better diagnosis and maintenanceWP08 - Cyber SecurityThe objectives of this work package are:
The definition of a cyber-security system, which consists in the specification of standardised interfaces, monitoring functions, protocol stacks and architectures for secure networks based, among other, on a security assessment of existing railway solutions and of railway networks. Efficiency and robustness of the standardised solution has to be demonstrated through a technical demonstrator. Security assessment, identification of the threat detection, prevention and response processes will be completed.
The definition of a security-by-design standard applicable to railways which consists in specifying protection profiles and cyber security standards applicable to railway application and in demonstrating their applicability in a technical demonstrator. The definition of protection profiles and the identification of the cyber-secure development process will be completed.WP09 - Dissemination & Communication
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Invitation Letter: X2Rail-1 Advisory Group has been uploaded
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The ETSI "Developing the Future Radio for Rail Transport" workshop on the 04.-05. July 2018 in France, gave an update on the activities related to the future radio for rail transport worldwide.
Together with the Connecta project, Shift2Rail members presented their results and findings of the X2Rail-1 adaptable communication system, Connecta Next Generation TCMS work package and the collaborative approach between the Shift2Rail IPs.
More information can be found on the event tab.
The X2Rail-1 Mid-Term Review & Outlook Booklet has been uploaded and is ready for download.
On June 14th and 15th the 8th Coordination Meeting of WP3 – AdaptableCommunication took place.
In the nice surrounding of Stockholm (thanks toTrafikverket), based on an already stable User Requirement Specification,progress was achieved in getting further with the system specification of theadaptable communication system.
Business Model as well as the technology ofchoice tasks getting already to the final stage.
Status of Prototypes and demonstrators wereintensively discussed as well as how to test them at the end.
All tasks are still on track.
At InnoTrans 2018, the world's largest trade fair for the railway sector, the X2Rail-1 project was presenting the progress made in key railway signalling technologies at Shift2Rail stand.
During the whole week X2Rail-1 members took the opportunity to present and exchange information with railway experts, researchers and other interested attendees from Europe and beyond.
X2Rail-1 is working on six key technologies to foster innovations in the field of railway signalling and automation system towards flexible, real-time, intelligent traffic management and decision support system.
One of the key technologies is the WP5 “Moving Block” which is developing a concept that allows trains to run much closer to each other, improving line capacity and performance. On the Shift2Rail stand daily presentations were held to show how this concept works in urban, suburban, high speed, low traffic and freight train environments.
For more details on the concept, please have a look in the “Results and Publications” section.
On October 17, 2018 Shift2Rail has awarded 19 grants for its Call forProposals 2018.
X2Rail-3, the third IP2 member project was one of the recipients. This means that several of the topics which were successfully started in X2Rail-1 will continue in X2Rail-3 and will be able to be developed much further towards working demonstrators.
Congratulations to the coordinator and all partners of X2Rail-3!
From February 18th to 20th the WP3 team had their last X2Rail-1 and the first X2Rail-3 regular face to face meeting hosted by Network Rail in London. By initiative from Ben Allen, the team enjoyed a half day visit to King’s College London, with several interesting presentations which certainly spiked some new ideas and considerations in the team. Prof. Mischa Dohler was outlining the benefits of 5G with several exciting examples and use cases. Other presentations from Prof. Dimitra Simeonidou, Felix Ngobigha, Nigel Wallbridge and Dr. Ben Allen covered Network Convergence, train cabling solutions to support up to 40Gbps, rail spectrum options and new radio backbone technology introducing orbital angular momentum. Finally, the WP3 experts were invited to take a closer look at the 5G lab environment of King’s College. Overall, a great and valuable event which helped to learn from the latest communication research activities and find ways to integrate them into the future communication system for railway.
On the 22nd of March the third X2Rail-1review meeting took place in Brussels. All WP leaders presented the work donein 2018 and gave an outlook on the last 8 months of the project to the JU andthe independent reviewers. All activities are following the project plan andwill be finished in time until August 2019.
On 14th and 15th of May a group consisting of several TD leaders met at Thales in Ditzingen to discuss how to best represent IP2 at Innotrans 2020. The results are very promising and we already invite you to Innotrans 2020 to come and see the progress towards a competitive and resource-efficient European railway system that was made in X2Rail projects (X2Rail-1, X2Rail-2 and X2Rail-3).
X2Rail-1 Final Conference tookplace on 12th of July 2019 in Germany. More than 70 attendees came to the Kaiserbahnhof in Potsdam, where the event was hold.
The conference was moderatedby the Project Coordinator Dr. Birgit Milius and the event was opened by Dr. Bernd Elsweiler (Head of Digital CCS at DB Netz AG) as the host followed by the IP2 Coordinator, Claudio Monti.
The conference continued with a set of presentations of each technical Work Package. The WP leaders presented the results of the work done within the X2Rail-1 project. The presentations were followed by fruitful discussions with the participants, who showed great interest in the work carried out in the first out of five X2Rail projects.
After the presentations the project partners had the opportunity to visualise the results and to demonstrate several prototypes that have been developed inthe X2Rail-1 project in the track hall.
The event was closed by the JU representative Léa Paties (IP2 Programme Manager) with an overview of the project outcomes and main innovations,followed by a brief introduction on how the results are used by the currently running and future X2Rail projects.
The presentations shown during the conference are available for download in the "Results and Publications" area of this website.
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