UIC ERTMS Projects

All the projects managed by the UIC in the field of ERTMS. For more information about these projects, feel free to contact the corresponding UIC advisers.

ERTMS PLATFORM SERVICES

Strategy

The ERTMS Platform provides the unique forum, as part of UIC’s global mission, where high-level managers, directly responsible for ERTMS in their respective networks, meet and exchange ideas in an environment which is exclusively reserved for railway members and comprehensively informed through the attendance of the key responsible representatives from the ERA ERTMS working group, ERTMS Users Group, UIC working groups (ERTMS Regional, GSM-R and Interlockings) and Chairman of the UIC Panel of Signalling and Telecom Experts

Background / history

Plaform activities are linked to ERTMS implementations, ERA activities, programme of work with UIC, CER, EIM and ERTMS Users Group, ETCS, ERTMS Regional, GSM-R and Euro-Interlocking projects.

Objectives / means & expected results

  • Provide the secretariat to the Platform in terms of preparation of the agenda, minutes and dissemination of recommendations, under the direction of the Platform Chairman
  • Provide expertise in the ETCS, GSM-R and Interlockings by "chargé de mission" located in Paris in order to produce one focal point for UIC programme activity.
  • Organisation of the ERTMS annual conference 2009 from the logistic and scientific point of view (ERTMS annual conferences have always been managed by UIC)
  • Ensure a strong cohesive link with other UIC related activities such as the UIC panel of Signalling and Telecommunications experts
  • Enable relevant information to be prepared for consideration of the ERTMS Platform

New: Further activities in 2009 will cover:

  • Management of ERTMS implementation database and development of the ERTMS costs database
  • Management of ERTMS Platform web site and workspace
  • Continuation of economic study
  • Elements of ERTMS Training Seminar not self funded

Geographical interest

Europe and worldwide

ERTMS Advanced Planning Migration Tests

Strategy

ETCS SRS "2.3.0 debugged" was favourably voted at the last Interoperability Committee Art 21 (Feb. 08) and it will then become the legal version. The next SRS version will be the 3.0.0. for which the commitment of industry and other stakeholders on a time table was given. The legal text of SRS 3.0.0 will be submitted to the vote of Art. 21 Committee by the end of 2012. In order to chart the way from 2.3.0 to 3.0.0, a new MoU, to complement the existing one of 2005, between the Commission (also on behalf of ERA) and CER, EIM, UIC and UNIFE will be signed in 2008. At the end of 2008 the Commission will verify progress towards vesion SRS 3.0.0 in terms of the 2012 target date. In order to implement ERTMS on major parts of Corridor A by 2012, it is necessary to anticipate the introduction of a few specific functionalities (Limited Supervision, Braking Curves...) In order to get that, it is planned to test and verify the above mentioned functionalities on different sections of European corridors.

Objectives / means and results

The proposed project does not deal with test development. It will integrate the test campaign by:

  • setting a precise migration roadmap inter corridors on infrastructure and rolling stock
  • sharing an inter-corridor technical platform in conjunction with ERTMS Users Group
  • making technical and operational interoperability inter-corridors uniform
  • checking test cases and cross-informing corridors bodies on test procedures
  • elaborating the business case review IMs and RUs on European Corridors
  • ETCS capacity aspects on corridors nodes
  • maintain knowledge at UIC and dissemination of information

Cost and benefit analysis

Test will allow functionalities to be ready to be integrated into ETCS SRS 3.0.0 when available

Geographic interest

ERTMS European corridors

ERTMS REGIONAL AND ETCS ACTIVITIES

Strategy

The part ERTMS Regional is an ETCS sub project and supports the achievement of the interoperability as well as intraoperability. It supports the introduction of a unified control track side system ERTMS REGIONAL in the European railway system as well as on the world market. UIC can help to support railways and industry to achieve a standardised approach in relation to control system requirements. The first Swedish pilot project operation will start mid 2009. The project will finalise end 2010.

Background / history

The TSI CCS specify an interoperable European railway system. The ERTMS Regional project is a trackside system concept and
supports a cost effective trackside implementation strategy based on open interfaces for the trackside components using the ERTMS
Onboard TSI compliant system. The track side ERTMS Regional system (RBC & interlocking & TCC) is 100 % compliant with TSI CCS
when communicating with the ETCS onboard. Therefore, the project supports the introduction of intraoperability and is the starting
point for the ETCS level 3 development and implementation. The UIC project supports the BV ERTMS REGIONAL pilot project and BV
is making specifications available for UIC and it members.

Objectives / means and results

The strategy for the ERTMS Regional project was agreed by the ETCS steering group in 2002 and still followed.

  • Updating the UIC FRS, Operational Scenarios, GRS and RAMS specifications based on input from the UIC Members and the first pilot tests beginning mid 2009 in Sweden for the level 3 ERTMS REGIONAL application.
  • Dissimination of results from BV pilot application included field test results
  • Organization of European ERTMS REGIONAL workshops on UIC members request
  • Investigate if a European core SRS specification could be available
  • Elaboration of core operational rules in coordination with other ERTMS related operational rule working groups

GSM-R ACTIVITIES

Strategy

The project is in line with the UIC strategy of building up and strenghtening the interoperability in Europe.

Background / history

The GSM-R activities aim to maintain and update the existing specifications and standardisations of GSM for Railways (EIRENE FRS & SRS, MORANE, ETSI standards). This is done through the ERIG working groups (European Radio Implementers Group) - GSM-R Functional Group, dealing with EIRENE FRS and GSM-R Operators Group, dealing with EIRENE SRS, EIRENE Networks interconnections, roaming agreements and transit rules are supported through NMG (Network Management Group) and ENIR (European Network Integration for Railways). The EIRENE specifications are the basis for GSM-R equipment procurement, and they are part of the TSI CCS.

Objectives / means & expected results

The present objective is to monitor new and ongoing implementations, gathering information about gaps and inconsistencies while taking into account upcoming requests for improvement and for new requirements, the constraint of an harmonized railway telecom network and the implementation of ETCS level 2 and 3.

Action plan for 2009

Support for implementers, maintain the harmonised specifications, investigation of specific issues arising from actual implementations, interoperability issues, consideration of next generation equipment and functionalities.

Risk analysis

No support for the railways implementing or willing to implement GSM-R. Lack of a structure of experts from railways and consultants which is able to satisfy future demands on behalf of UIC Local decisions that will jeopardise the interoperability, and will increase the costs.

Geographical interest

European, World

Contact person

Piero PETRUCCIOLI
petruccioli@uic.org

ADVANCED GSM-R - FREQUENCY MANAGEMENT

Strategy

The project supports the UIC strategy of building and strenghtening the interoperability in Europe.

Background / history

The European Train Control System which at level 2 can replace lineside signalling, and should provide a full automatic train protection including speed supervision. In order to achieve these goals, there is a need of a dataservice, which will help to overcome future restrictions especially in dense areas. GSM-R is a radio system, thus it is depending on frequencies. There are in this moment 2 issues on this item 1) Adequate of frequency bandwith; 2) Interferences, mainly from telecom public operators, which can block the cab radio.

Objectives / means & expected results

A GSMR should assess the readiness of IP-based solution, (GPRS for instance) to be use for ETCS at level 2 to overcome future restrictions especially in dense areas. Following the tests results which are arranged to be performed in the first part of 2008 in Italy and Sweden, the work on defining the new radio layer will be continued. The work on the European Test Lab preconditions, together with GSM-R Industry Group will continue. A-GSM-R should also gather and manage the frequency needs for railways. A-GSM-R should act as an interface between Railways and European Frequency Authorities and as the centre of competence in the field of railway telecommunications.

Costs & Benefits analysis

Availability of GSM-R to the expected quality standards on the corridor lines, better usage of the frequency spectrum by usind packet switched data technologies, specify an new ETCS data interface, act as an interface between members and authorities for frequency matters.

Risk analysis

Need to develop another dataservice for ETCS; Risk of lack of voice/data channels capacity. Risk of dropped calls caused by radio interferences. Risk of channelds capacity constraints in densed areas.

Geographical interest

European, Worldwide

Contact person

Piero PETRUCCIOLI
petruccioli@uic.org

IP-I

Strategy

The project contributes to the development of the harmonised strategy of "Common Railway Telecom Network".

Background / history

The project is based on the preceding activities of PETER and ERIG groups.

Objectives / means & expected results

The development indicates the enhanced use of IP networks for communication and generalisation of ethernet interfacing. Railways shall use as far as possible standard market products when railway telecom infrastructures migrate towards generalised use of IP interfaces and standards. The objective of the study is to prepare the transition to this (final) situation: European Railway IP Network "IP-I" as a bearer for information, telephony and mobile telecom aplications. The actions are:

  1. Identification and consolidation of the IP applications needs and of the related network high level topology;
  2. Specification of the optimum migration path towards a European IP-I, assessment of options and scenarios;
  3. Validation of specification and of strategic options. The project duration is 24 months. The expected results are:
    • a. Consolidated application needs of IP on a European network topology;
    • b. High level specification of the IP-I network for rail and of the migration path towards it, including the integration of current applications;
    • c. Validation of the specification and of the optimised migration scenario.

Costs & Benefits analysis

The study will be carried out by the experts in house and involves at marginal costs the expertise pf cobined specialists( telecom, gsm-r and IT ) to investigate the needs, migration and future development. The benefits for the Infrastructure Department are:

  1. A better usage of the existing capacities by generalising IP interfaces;
  2. Marginal costs for migration, by common usage of harmonised specifications; optical fiber interconnections costs are rather low, compared with the benefits produced;
  3. Marginal costs for applications, by using the same standard class;
  4. The opportunity to offer the extra capacities on the public market.

Risk analysis

There are no direct risks related to the project performance . In the case of non-execution of the project there are high risks of non inclusion of harmonised standards for all telecommunications needs an quality with furher negative consequences for applications requiring multi-administration telecom networks.

Geographical interest

European

Contact person

Piero PETRUCCIOLI
petruccioli@uic.org

E-TRAIN

Strategy

The project will contribute to the development of the harmonised strategy of ground-train communications for the benefit of IM and operators.

Background / history

The project is based on the preceding activities and experience of the UIC ERIG and PETER groups, and on the Passenger Forum groups. It is also based on the former UIC activities into the ESA/ESTEC project "Broadband Communications for Trains". The project is foreseen for 24 months.

Aims/means and expected results

The main objectives of the study are: to assess and consolidate the users needs in the field of enhanced broadband communications with trains and to specify the related services and their harmonised minimum QoS. The curently applied technologies are very diverse and rely on ground-supported networks (GPRS/EDGE/UMTS, Wi-Fi, Wi-MAX and other). All current developments are only pilot applications to passengers, based on empirical and ad-hoc arrangements without a systematic investigation of actual needs and hence no harmonised specification of services and their minimum necessary quality. The results of the study are: Consolidated report with regard of the user needs; Functional specifications of communication services; Specifications of the minimum QoS parameters for each category of service. The results of the study will apply to the railway operators, infrastructure managers and telecommunication operators (railway and public) in relation to the provision and usage of the services.

Costs & Benefits analysis

The study will be carried out by the experts in house and involves at marginal cost the expertise of combined specialists teams (telecom, gsm-r, train operators) to investigate the current status of implementations, migration and future developments. The motivation of the Infrastructure Department initiative is based on the benefits:

  1. BroadBand-COM both for passeengers and operational scopes will enhance the efficient exploitation of the railway telecomunication capacities in the benefits of the infrastructure owner of these capacities;
  2. Release GSM-R capacity and focus it on safety use, with direct impact on the efficient usage of the frequency spectrum;
  3. Enhanced traffic controller impact via improved communication and hence better and fluid use of infrastructure capacity;
  4. Increase safety and reliability of the rolling stock and avoid failures with impact on infrastructure, through enhanced data communication for monitoring and diagnosis.

Risk analysis

There are no direct risks related to the project performance. In the case of non-execution of the project there are high risks of non-inclusion of harmonised specifications for all telecommunication needs and quality with futher negative consequences

Geographical interest

European