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“Time-sensitive Networking (TSN) Technology in the Next Generation of Train Communication Networks (TCN)”

Scientific Publications

  • Aitor Arriola, Mario Münzer, Arjan Geven, Jordi Pujol, Henrik Envall, Jérôme Härri, Núria Mata and Reinhard Aigner, Safe4RAIL-2: Advanced architectures and components for the Next-Generation Train Control and Monitoring System, Proceedings of 8th Transport Research Arena TRA 2020, Helsinki, Finland, April, 2020. (Conference canceled)

    Abstract: The Train Control and Monitoring System (TCMS) is responsible for the management of the different on-board train equipments, such as brakes, doors, or passenger information. The Next Generation TCMS (NG-TCMS) intends to increase communication reliability, incorporate wireless technologies and simplify the number of computing devices in the train. This paper describes the architecture and components that Safe4RAIL-2 project is developing for the NG-TCMS, including innovations in train communications and subsystem integration, which will be the basis for the future railway system. Synergies with previous and on-going research activities are also addressed.

    Public access: https://safe4rail.eu/downloads/publications/Safe4RAIL-2-Advanced-architectures-and-components-for-next-gen-TCMS.pdf

  • Jérôme Härri, Aitor Arriola, Pedro Aljama, Igor Lopez, Uwe Fuhr and Marvin Straub, Wireless Technologies for the Next-Generation Train Control and Monitoring System, 2nd IEEE 5G World Forum (5GWF), Dresden, Germany, November, 2019.

    Abstract: The Next Generation Train Control and Monitoring System (NG-TCMS) represents a major innovation of the European Railway industry introducing a wireless architecture as an enabler to enhanced automation, flexible train management and increased railway capacity. This paper surveys various available and future wireless technologies matching the requirements both at train backbone and consist levels. Illustrating the challenges for a single technology to match all requirements, this paper also highlights the benefits of the upcoming 5G technology for future NG-TCMS.

    Public access: https://safe4rail.eu/images/5GWF-publication.pdf
    IEEE Access: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8911648