Cost-Efficient and Reliable High-Capacity Infrastructure

IP Coordinator: Eleanor Simmons - NETWORK RAIL

Overview


Topic:
S2R-CFM-IP3-01-2017
Total Project Value:
€ 13 440 000,00
Duration:
from 01/09/2017 to 31/08/2022
S2R (Of H2020) co-funding:
€ 5 972 723,00
Coordinator:
Aneta Tumilowicz
NETWORK RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE LIMITED
Complementary projects:

Objectives

IN2STEMPO has three primary objectives, which address the topic of “Smart system energy management solution and future station solutions”. They are:

  1. Smart Power Supply Demonstrator (TD3.9) – The project seeks to develop a smart railway power grid, in an interconnected and communicated system
  2. Smart Metering for Railway Distributed Energy Resource Management System Demonstrator (TD3.10) – The project seeks to achieve a fine mapping of energy flows within the entire railway system, forming the basis of later energy management strategy
  3. Future Stations Demonstrator – (TD3.11) – The Project will improve the customer experience at Railway Stations

Project Structure



WP01 - Project Management

Project Co-ordination, Consortium Management, Administrative and Financial Management and Quality assurance.

WP02 - Smart Control of rail power supply

The main objective of this Work Package is to provide a demonstrator installed in a 16.7Hz Substation. This demonstrator will be fitted with a control and protection system based on digital data function. This system will be tested to TRL5 in a relevant environment and will demonstrate usability within 50hz Rail power supply systems. This should lead to increased automation and a higher amount of information available for display on the system, forming the basis for the integration of power systems into asset management, and improved information for Traffic Management systems.

WP03 - FACTS for 50 Hz AC Rail Power Supply

Work Package 3’s main objective is to work on the design and implementation of a new 50Hz AC Smart Power Supply based on substations using Flexible AC Transmission System (FACTS) equipment. Build on and works with the products of WP2 to show that such products can be used within a 50Hz environment. This will achieve TRL4 for the whole system, and achieve a large number of benefits, including:

  • Reduction of energy losses within the rail power supply network.
  • Increased transport capacity within the system.
  • Improvement of power quality and capacity along all the track
  • Removal of separation actions.


WP04 - Railway System Smart Metering Use Case

This Work Package will work to define and implement three smart metering use cases in relevant railway environments. They are:
  1. A Commercially Operated Smart Metering Use Case (CO-OP) dedicated to fine mapping of energy flows.
  2. A Stationing and Maintenance facilities operation Smart Metering (STM-OP) which focuses on the energy consumption of trains out of commercial operation and of stabling infrastructure.
  3. An Infrastructure Electrical sub-system Use Case (IN-OP) which will continuously supervise power supply equipment states and direct energy consumption anomalies better
All three will be implemented in a relevant railway environment, at the EUROTUNNEL site in France and in UK Network Rail run locations.


WP05 - Smart Metering Technology Development and Implementation

The main objectives of this Work Package are to develop the technical components required to implement the use cases described in WP4, pushing the characteristics required by WP4 up to TRL5. This Work Package will design high-level architecture to this effect including field sensors, an Operational Data Management (ODM) platform, and User Applications and Decision Support Tools that allow access to the ODM in a user-friendly manner.

WP06 - Crowd Management in High Capcity Stations

The overall objective of this Work Package is to significantly improve both the customer experience and security in large and high capacity stations during both standard use and in emergency situations. A realistic 3D simulation system based off real-time data will be used to help enable this, leading to a TRL6 complete solution.

WP07 - Improved Station Designs and Components

This work Package aims to significantly improve the design of low-capacity stations and optimise the design process, from concept to construction. This will enable a reduction in construction and operational costs.

WP08 - Improved Accessibility to Trains - Platform Train Interface

This work package will achieve the following objectives:
  • Improved accessibility to trains for all passenger groups by addressing issues with Platform-Train Interface (PTI).
  • Develop solutions that allow safe and inclusive access to trains of varying heights without significantly impacting on the train’s dwell time at the platform
  • Analysing specific PTI issues like differing train heights and curved platforms and how this may affect accessibility.
  • Develop new PTI strategies for identified typical conditions in existing stations.


WP09 - Safety Management in Public Areas

Work Package 9 seeks to develop solutions for improving the safety and resilience of railway stations through developing models, risk assessments and a security manual that can be used to mitigate the impacts of a bomb blast. It will also analyse options for advanced CCTV technology that will analyse specific human behaviours, providing pre-emptive biometric information.

WP10 - Technical Co-ordination and Technology Demonstrators Integration

This work package will work to create a single and coherent project that addresses integration activities within all of IN2STEMPO, enabling seamless and effective technical co-ordination by providing work package leaders with a platform for integration.

WP11 - Dissemination, Communication and Exploitation

The work package will ensure that project results and outputs are widely disseminated and effectively exploited by their target groups. Dissemination and communication platforms will be established, specific decision makers and individuals will be targeted, collaborative work with industry partners will take place to facilitate this, and high quality results will be delivered.

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Project's News & Events

A successful first periodic review for In2Stempo

On the 4th of April 2019 In2Stempo project team consisting of project coordinator, Aneta Tumilowicz, and project Work Package Leaders attended project’s first periodic review which was held in Brussels. Attendees were responsible for the overall presentation of project’s achievements in its first 16 months.

In2Stempo has 3 primary objectives: developing a smart railway power grid in an interconnected and communicated system, mapping of energy flows and usage within the entire railway system allowing for more effective energy management strategies in the future and improving the customer experience at railway stations. The project is in its early stage and is due tofinish in August 2022.


In2Stempo: Smart Metering Installation

As part of the Shift2Rail In2Stempo project, three substations on the Tonbridge to Redhill line: Chiddingstone, Crowhurst Junction and Bletchingley Tunnel have now been instrumented with the Smart Metering sensors and communication system. A collaborative international team formed by engineers from Alstom, DotVision, LEM, Railenium and Network Rail Test Section led by Michal Taratajcio and supported by Radoslaw Filip from the Power Systems team have completed in a safe manner and greatly supportive atmosphere the Phase 2 – Smart Metering installation at substations on the 3-phase 22 kV a.c. level. The Phase 1 – Smart Metering installation on the 750 V d.c. level was successfully completed earlier this year in March.

In preparation for the next phases of the initiative – the team is working collaboratively to develop anon-intrusive GPS type portable sensors that can be used on-board of the trains to deliver data for trains power demand estimation.

 

The Smart Metering project as part of the Shift2Rail In2Stempo is aimed to demonstrate to TRL6:

  • High resolution and synchronised mapping of energy flows within the railway system: on the key infrastructure elements and on-board of the trains;
  • Non-intrusive smart metering sensors network at the railway system level with programme learning for train power extrapolation from GPS type data only;
  • Open system and interface for data collection, aggregation and analysis in an open source ODM (Operational Data Management) platform;
  • User applications for energy flows understanding, energy management and asset management support.

Author: Michal Taratajcio

In2Stempo and CONNECTIVE projects at EBDVF 2019

On the 14th of October Network Rail’s Project Manager Aneta Tumilowicz was a panellist and presenter of use cases from two Shift2Railprojects (In2Stempo and Connective) during the European Big Data Value Forum (EBDVF) 2019 event held in Helsinki, Finland. EBDVF is the flagship event of the European Big Data and Data-Driven AI Research and Innovation community and was specifically focused on how the artificial intelligence and big data is transforming business and society.

Among the well-attended sessions of this event was the session dedicated to Transforming Power of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence in Everyday Mobility and Logistics, during which Aneta presented how big data and business analytics can be used to take advantage of all available data in the transport domain to propose useful information for travellers, infrastructure managers, operators and transport authorities.

Specifically, she presented how data can be used to significantly improve travellers’ experience and security in large and high capacity multimodal stations (a use case using synergies between Shift2Rail IP3 and IP4 projects). The second use case presented focuses on using information from urban operators’ stations (buses and metro) equipment to obtain insights on their performance and level of service, as well as travellers’ usage of them.


In2Stempo Technical Management Team and Steering Committee meeting in Genoa

On the 20th and 21st of November In2Stempo’s Technical Management Team and Steering Committee meeting took place in Genoa, Italy. The two-day meeting hosted by project partner - Hitachi, was focused on discussions around project progress, as well as project dissemination plans and activities foreseen for 2020. The meeting participants confirmed that the project is successfully proceeding towards its objectives and is ready for the 2nd review scheduled for March 2020.



In2Stempo presented to UK's Rail Safety Standards Board.

In2Stempo project coordinator, Network Rail (NR) organised an introductory meeting with the Professor Bridget Eickhoff who is the Principal Infrastructure Engineer at the UK's Rail Safety Standards Board (RSSB). The RSSB are responsible for Group Industry Standards that apply to the UK railway and Bridget chairs a group of cross industry engineers that represent train operating companies (TOC’s), the rail infrastructure owner (Network Rail) and associated partners who are involved in track gauging issues. Bridget is also a research Professor at the University of Birmingham where she specialises in rail infrastructure.

As track gauging and platform train interface (PTI) issues are often linked, it was of interest to both parties to discuss the current IN2STEMPO research and, in particular, the work being undertaken in WP8: Improved Accessibility to Trains - Platform Train Interface. NR provided an overview of the project work and RSSB also provided information on research that had been previously carried out by them on the issue of PTI accidents and their possible causes. Bridget also shared with us the outputs from recent human behavioural studies and how this relatively new scientific discipline needs to be considered when planning future PTI strategies.



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In2Stempo presented to UK's Rail Safety Standards Board.

In2Stempo project coordinator, Network Rail (NR) organised an introductory meeting with the Professor Bridget Eickhoff who is the Principal Infrastructure Engineer at the UK's Rail Safety Standards Board (RSSB). The RSSB are responsible for Group Industry Standards that apply to the UK railway and Bridget chairs a group of cross industry engineers that represent train operating companies (TOC’s), the rail infrastructure owner (Network Rail) and associated partners who are involved in track gauging issues. Bridget is also a research Professor at the University of Birmingham where she specialises in rail infrastructure.

As track gauging and platform train interface (PTI) issues are often linked, it was of interest to both parties to discuss the current IN2STEMPO research and, in particular, the work being undertaken in WP8: Improved Accessibility to Trains - Platform Train Interface. NR provided an overview of the project work and RSSB also provided information on research that had been previously carried out by them on the issue of PTI accidents and their possible causes. Bridget also shared with us the outputs from recent human behavioural studies and how this relatively new scientific discipline needs to be considered when planning future PTI strategies.



In2Stempo Technical Management Team and Steering Committee meeting in Genoa

On the 20th and 21st of November In2Stempo’s Technical Management Team and Steering Committee meeting took place in Genoa, Italy. The two-day meeting hosted by project partner - Hitachi, was focused on discussions around project progress, as well as project dissemination plans and activities foreseen for 2020. The meeting participants confirmed that the project is successfully proceeding towards its objectives and is ready for the 2nd review scheduled for March 2020.



In2Stempo and CONNECTIVE projects at EBDVF 2019

On the 14th of October Network Rail’s Project Manager Aneta Tumilowicz was a panellist and presenter of use cases from two Shift2Railprojects (In2Stempo and Connective) during the European Big Data Value Forum (EBDVF) 2019 event held in Helsinki, Finland. EBDVF is the flagship event of the European Big Data and Data-Driven AI Research and Innovation community and was specifically focused on how the artificial intelligence and big data is transforming business and society.

Among the well-attended sessions of this event was the session dedicated to Transforming Power of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence in Everyday Mobility and Logistics, during which Aneta presented how big data and business analytics can be used to take advantage of all available data in the transport domain to propose useful information for travellers, infrastructure managers, operators and transport authorities.

Specifically, she presented how data can be used to significantly improve travellers’ experience and security in large and high capacity multimodal stations (a use case using synergies between Shift2Rail IP3 and IP4 projects). The second use case presented focuses on using information from urban operators’ stations (buses and metro) equipment to obtain insights on their performance and level of service, as well as travellers’ usage of them.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No: 777515