smartrail 4.0: working together to achieve our goals.

 

Smartrail 4.0 is an industry programme that prioritises and concentrates resources in line with the overall system. The aim of the cooperation is to jointly develop solutions that are supported by the participating railways, working towards an extensive digitisation and automation of railway production. With this focus, smartrail 4.0 will continue to develop standards for the industries that ensure the interoperability of vehicles and systems in particular. This is achieved through joint coordination of technological development, the use of synergies and early coordination of architecture and migration planning. The acquired knowledge is open to all partners. No prior-involvement is generated and no proprietary systems are created. For this reason, smartrail 4.0 also actively cooperates with numerous partners both nationally and internationally (Figure stakeholder world)

 

Industry collaboration

Swiss rail industry:
smartrail 4.0 is set up as a joint industry programme between SBB, BLS, SOB, RhB and UPT. The cooperation within the Swiss railway industry is already established. The steering committee and the project organisation of smartrail 4.0 are a collaboration of representatives of the Union of Public Transport (UPT), SBB, BLS, SOB and RhB. The other railway companies are integrated into the works via the UPT committees. Representatives of the above-mentioned railways also sit on the four steering committees of planning and operation, system modification, train control and vehicle architecture, both on the infrastructure and transport side.
Coordination

International rail industry:
International collaboration is hugely important. After all, Switzerland is not looking for an isolated solution. Achieving the goals and leading the railway into the future requires international cooperation. Requirements and a common architecture for major European railways are needed in order to create a competitive market for innovative components and systems and, if necessary, to jointly develop European standards.

For this reason, cooperation with several European railways on specific smartrail 4.0 topics such as the overall architecture, traffic management system and localisation has already been entered into or is currently in development. Important partner railways such as DB, SNCF and ÖBB have also started comparable programmes. In addition, smartrail 4.0 supports the EUG (ERTMS User Group) and EULYNX groups in the development of an overall architecture under the name RCA (recommended CCS architecture). This overall architecture is intended to serve as a basis for tenders for the railways and to improve standardisation.

  • RCA Group: EUG (ERTMS User Group) and EULYNX (European Initiative of Infrastructure Managers) an international initiative was launched in August 2018: the members of these two organisations (adif, Banedanmark, Bane NOR, CFL, DB, Infrabel, ProRail, SNCF, Slovenske zeleznice, RFI, SBB, Trafikverket, Väylä) have joined their forces under the RCA (reference CCS architecture) initiative to tackle a harmonised architecture of the future CCS in the railway sector. In February 2019, the RCA white paper was published on the future evolution of CCS and the need to harmonized requirements and a reference CCS architecture. Smartrail 4.0 is strongly aligned with RCA's objectives and architecture.
  • OCORA Group: In addition to the RCA initiative, which was founded by Infrastructure, a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the railway companies DB, NS, ÖBB, SNCF and SBB (as of March 2109) with the name OCORA (Open CCS Onboard Reference Architecture). The objectives of this group are the definition of an open vehicle architecture, the promotion and development of open ETCS and Automatic Train Protection source initiatives, the validation of the approach and the promotion and use of OCORA. The COAT sub-programme is the smartrail 4.0 approach for the currently existing fields of action and the additional functionalities required in the area of CCS - Onboard. This includes the standardization of architecture and interfaces as well as the reduction of approval and verification costs.

 

Science

In order to carry out in-depth investigations, smartrail 4.0 is working together with research institutes in Switzerland and abroad. This may involve direct mandates, PhDs or student work. The following excerpt gives an insight into the topics that have already been addressed:

  • Occupational psychological effects of automation (contract research, FHNW),
  • Traffic management, flux (PhD, ETHZ),
  • Research paper on moving block (Prof. Corman, ETHZ)
  • Capacity planning across all timescales (contract research, ETHZ)
  • Vision-based localization and mapping for high precision localization of trains with on-board sensing (PhD,
    ETHZ),
  • Robustness of a traffic management system for railways (master’s thesis, RWTH Aachen)
  • Train movement optimisation within time bands using ASP (University of Potsdam)
  • Hazard analysis with STPA (contract, ZHAW)

 Industry

Industry will continue to be important for the delivery of systems and components in the future. Smartrail 4.0 involves industrial partners in the planning phase for content contributions, since while the programme defines the architecture and functions, industry develops and implements applications, systems and/or products. Smartrail 4.0 relies on established and new industrial partners to develop solutions and products. In order to optimise cooperation and availability on the market, industrial partners are therefore constantly involved in the progress of the work by the programme. Exchange platforms such as industry and innovation days are set up to promote exchanges and cooperation. In addition, new work statuses are constantly being published on the website and on simap. There will be traditional calls for tenders for the test and rollout phase.