Advanced Traffic Management And Control Systems

IP Coordinator: Claudio Monti – Hitachi Rail STS

Overview


Topic:
S2R-CFM-IP2-01-2018
Total Project Value:
€ 38 885 434,82
Duration:
from 01/12/2018 to 30/11/2021
S2R (Of H2020) co-funding:
€ 17 281 436,44
Coordinator:
Bettina Doetsch
THALES DEUTSCHLAND GMBH

Objectives

The project aims to continue the research and development of key technologies to foster innovations in the field of railway signalling, telecommunication, testing methodologies and Cyber Security, as part of a longer term Shift2Rail IP2 strategy towards a flexible, real-time, intelligent traffic control management and decision support system. X2Rail-3 will also explore Virtual Coupling, an innovative concept capable of operating trains much closer to one another (inside their absolute or relative braking distance) and dynamically modifying their own composition on the move.

The actions to be undertaken in the scope of X2Rail-3 are related to the following specific objectives:

  • To improve line capacity and to achieve a significant reduction of the use of traditional train detection systems by means of the introduction of the Moving Block together with train positioning;
  • To overcome the limitations of the existing communication system by adapting radio communication systems which establish the backbone for the next generation advanced rail automation systems;
  • To ensure security among all connected signalling and control systems by developing new cyber security systems dedicated to railways;
  • To analyse new signalling concepts (Virtual Coupling) that potentially would be able to improve line capacity, reduce LCC and enhance system reliability.
  • To improve standardization and integration of the testing methodologies reducing time to market and improving effectiveness in the introduction of new signalling and supervision systems;
  • To ensure the evolution and backward compatibility of ERTMS/ETCS technologies, notwithstanding of the required functional enrichment of the future signalling and control systems.

Project Structure



WP01 - Project Management

WP02 - Technical Coordination & System Coherence

Technical Coordination and System Coherence The objective of this WP is to coordinate the nine technical work packages (WP3, WP4, WP5, WP6, WP7, WP8, WP9, WP10) and the dissemination work package (WP11) to create a single project that addresses the whole subject of research and innovations in X2Rail-3 in coherence with the ongoing, future and concurrent S2R IP2 research and development activities. WP2 will facilitate and foster synergies between the different technical work packages towards S2R objectives. Continuing the activities of WP2 of X2Rail-1 and WP2 of X2Rail-2 that are already acting together, this WP will enable seamless and effective technical coordination and system integration, by providing the leaders of all work packages with a platform for coherence checks and interface management.

WP03 - Adaptable Communication

The objectives of this work package are to cover the definition, development and test of prototypes and demonstrators for the adaptable communication system in response to ETCS and CBTC system requirements, cover operational voice services as well as supporting enhancements of the signalling system foreseen by other TDs and other railway communication needs (critical video, critical data). During the start-up activities for TD2.1, the communication requirements were analysed, collected and documented, the definition and specification of the adaptable communication system was done, and the prototype development activities were started.

The second phase of TD2.1 work to be carried out in the projects, foresees the finalisation of the prototype development and the testing and integration of prototypes into demonstrators, with the aim to validate the concepts and demonstrate the capabilities of the adaptable communication system for different rail market segments.


WP04 - Moving Block

The overall objective of the Moving Block Technical Demonstrator is to continue the work of defining 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.

Within this Work Package, the objectives are as follows:

  1. To define the approach required for the testing of a Moving Block Signalling System
  2. To develop the deliverables from X2Rail-1 which define the Specifications for a Moving Block Signalling System.
  3. To provide Demonstrations of Moving Block Signalling Systems
  4. To investigate alternative future architectures for Moving Block Signalling Systems


WP05 - Zero On-Site Testing

Due to the complexity of signalling systems and the differences between sites, a large amount of tests must be carried out on-site. On-site tests take about 5 to 10 times the effort compared to similar tests done in the lab. Reduction of on-site tests for signalling and telecom systems is hence a reasonable approach to reducing testing costs. Today’s procedures of verification & validation testing differ all around Europe. Overcoming these differences by standardizing the procedures and test scopes will improve the interoperability and reduce the time to market.
The objectives of this work package are:
  • Integration of the new functionalities from X2Rail-1 and X2Rail-2, next generation of communication, ATO, moving block, satellite positioning, train integrity, Traffic Management Integration Layer, Smart Wayside Object Controller and cyber security, to complete the general test architecture.
  • Definition of a generic communication model between the different components of the test environment(s) defined in X2Rail-1.
  • Development and validation of standardized interfaces between the products from the test environments of different suppliers and operators and between the test environments and the subsystems under test.
  • Specification of simulators to support automated testing in the lab and to remove the current technical limitations identified in X2Rail-1 and therefore to move more tests from site to lab.
  • Develop and validate the test environment(s) and needed simulators.


WP06 - Virtually Coupled Trains - 1

This activity addresses the increment of network capacity, beyond the limitation of the current signalling approach for train and units separation. Increased capacity is today needed for many networks in Europe. Building new lines or adding tracks to existing lines is a slow and expensive process. Furthermore, decoupling, shunting and coupling is a key feature of the traditional railway system. Virtual Coupling can help to bolster the competitiveness of rail as regards flexible and timely operation on demand.

In this context, this Work package aims at defining the overall functional, performance and safety requirement of the VCTS, identifying the possible technological architecture of the solution as well as characterizing the functionality and its business case.

WP6 will target the overall functional requirements and safety analysis of the solution while WP7 will focus on the technological solution, and thus the associated business case


WP07 - Virtually Coupled Trains - 2

This activity addresses the increment of network capacity, beyond the limitation of the current signalling approach for train and units separation. Increased capacity is today needed for many networks in Europe. Building new lines or adding tracks to existing lines is a slow and expensive process. Furthermore, decoupling, shunting and coupling is a key feature of the traditional railway system. Virtual Coupling can help to bolster the competitiveness of rail as regards flexible and timely operation on demand.

In this context, this Work package aims at defining the overall functional, performance and safety requirement of the VCTS, identifying the possible technological architecture of the solution as well as characterizing the functionality and its business case.

WP6 will target the overall functional requirements and safety analysis of the solution while WP7 will focus on the technological solution, and thus the associated business case


WP08 - Cybersecurity -1

The main objectives of this work package are:
  • To finalise the guidelines for “railway cybersecurity system” and “security-by-design”.
  • To apply the final release of the guidelines to signalling generic railway architecture.
  • To apply the railway cybersecurity system for risk assessment to other technical demonstrators of Shift2Rail, to railway future and resilient architecture; and to legacy system. Derive from these risk assessments a proposal for the component protection profiles.
  • To perform a detailed specification of the demonstrator


WP09 - Cybersecurity -2

This work package will focus on the implementation of a holistic cybersecurity verification approach by covering the following topics:

  • Verification along product and system security life-cycle (IEC 62443-2-1, 2-4, 4-1)
  • Verification along the supply-chain, across multiple security stakeholders (IEC 62443-2-x, 4-1)
  • Demonstrator 1: Verification of vertical security patch management process (IEC 62443-2-3)
  • Demonstrator 2: Verification of cybersecurity components for adaptable communications.
  • Challenges and recommendations for a holistic, multi stakeholder-based security verification approach


WP10 - ATO over ETCS pilot Test for Freight Demonstrator

The X2Rail 1 has developed interoperable specifications and developed prototypes for test bench and pilot lines test. This work package will extend the pilot tests to rail freight. This demonstration will be done in coordination with the ARCC project.

The work package will:
  • Develop an adapter for connecting ATO-OB modules with the ARCC’s test locomotive’s ETCS equipment over the X2Rail-1 WP4 standardized interface;
  • Configure of ATO(s) provided by X2Rail-1 WP4 project according to the IP5 pilot train and pilot line (application engineering);
  • Support vehicle integration 
  • Run demonstrations.


WP11 - EXPLOITATION, DISSEMINATION AND COMMUNICATION

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Projects News & Events

X2Rail-3 Kick-off

On December13th and 14th 2018 the X2Rail-3 Kick-off meeting with all 19 project partners wassuccessfully held in Ditzingen at Thales Deutschland GmbH.

The purposeof this meeting was to introduce the project, the objectives and the specificplan for each work package and to agree on how to work together effectivelyamong the partners. 

The X2Rail-3Kick-off was a very productive project start and all partners are lookingforward to work on the technical work packages on the tasks to shape the futurerailway.

TheX2Rail-3 project partners wish you a Merry Christmas and a good start in 2019!
For us it will be a very exciting year...


Adaptable Communication System experts in London

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.

Innotrans 2020 Workshop

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).

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Innotrans 2020 Workshop

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).

Adaptable Communication System experts in London

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.

X2Rail-3 Kick-off

On December13th and 14th 2018 the X2Rail-3 Kick-off meeting with all 19 project partners wassuccessfully held in Ditzingen at Thales Deutschland GmbH.

The purposeof this meeting was to introduce the project, the objectives and the specificplan for each work package and to agree on how to work together effectivelyamong the partners. 

The X2Rail-3Kick-off was a very productive project start and all partners are lookingforward to work on the technical work packages on the tasks to shape the futurerailway.

TheX2Rail-3 project partners wish you a Merry Christmas and a good start in 2019!
For us it will be a very exciting year...


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No: 826141