Technical Seminar on Advanced Architectures and Components for Next-Generation TCMS

We are pleased to invite you to attend the Technical Seminar on Advanced Architectures and Components for Next-Generation TCMS in Brussels, Belgium, which is executed as a joined collaboration between the Call-for-Members project CONNECTA-2 (826098, www.s2r-connecta.eu) and its complementary action project Safe4RAIL-2. The technical seminar will take place on Tuesday, 21st of January, 2020 (from 9:00 till approximately 15:45 CET).

The aim of this technical seminar is to provide a detailed overview on the Next-Generation TCMS (NG-TCMS) solutions that are being developed in Safe4RAIL-2 and CONNECTA-2 projects. The results obtained in the 1st year of these projects will be presented, including first prototypes of NG-TCMS equipment. Technical presentations and talks will be centralized around key technologies for NG-TCMS, such as Drive-by-Data, Functional Distribution Framework, and Wireless TCMS. The validation of these technologies in Urban and Regional trains as well as Simulation Frameworks will also be detailed.

The seminar welcomes participants from railway technology suppliers and manufacturers, safety experts, and authorities as well as academic participants in the domain of train control and communication systems.


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We are looking forward to hearing from you! Enclosed you can find the preliminary agenda.


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Date & Time

Tuesday, 21st of January, 2020, 900 - 1545 (CET)


Avenue du Boulevard 17
B-1210 Brussels, Belgium
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Time   Topic   Presenter
08:30   Registration    
09:00   Opening of Seminar   Aitor Arriola (IKERLAN, Coordinator of Safe4RAIL-2)
09:10 - 09:30   Keynote: Next-Generation TCMS: a Shift2Rail Perspective
Next-Generation TCMS is one of the biggest challenges within Shift2Rail’s activities. In this talk, advances from the current TCMS to the Next-Generation TCMS will be detailed from the perspective of Shift2Rail JU.
  Giorgio Travaini (Shift2Rail)
09:30 - 10:00   CONNECTA-2 and Safe4RAIL-2 Projects
Structure and main goals of CONNECTA-2 and Safe4RAIL-2 projects will be presented, which are essential tools for the development of NG-TCMS.
  Igor Lopez (CAF, Coordinator of CONNECTA-2),
Aitor Arriola (IKERLAN)
10:00 - 10:30   Drive-by-Data
Drive-by-Data, based on Time Sensitive Network (TSN), is a key technology for obtaining deterministic communications in the Next-Generation Train Communication Network (NG-TCN).
  Gernot Hans (Bombardier Transportation),
Mohammed Abuteir (TTTech)
10:30 - 11:00   Coffee Break    
11:00 - 11:30   Functional Distribution Framework and Application Profiles
The specifications and architecture of the Functional Distribution Framework (FDF) will be described, as the basic middleware for integration of train subsystems in NG-TCMS. Application profiles of these subsystems will also be detailed.
  Thomas Waschulzik (Siemens),
Martin Zauner (Liebherr),
Xabier Artaetxebarria (CAF)
11:30 - 12:00   Application of NG-TCMS in Urban and Regional Trains & Simulation Framework
The results obtained for NG-TCMS will be validated in urban and regional train demonstrators. Simulation architectures to perform Hardware-In-the-Loop (HIL) and Software-In-the-Loop (SIL) validations will also be deployed.
  Gernot Hans (Bombardier Transportation),
Thomas Waschulzik (Siemens),
Imanol De Arriba (CAF)
12:00 - 12:30   Wireless TCMS at Backbone and Consist Levels
In NG-TCMS, wireless technologies will be introduced in the train backbone to improve flexibility and allow novel applications. The architecture and wireless technologies for the Wireless Train Backbone (WLTB) will be described.
Wireless links will also be introduced at consist level, creating a Wireless Consist Network (WLCN). Architecture and technologies of this WLCN will also be detailed.
The integration of these on-board communication systems with the Train-to-Ground (T2G) link will also be analyzed.
  Igor Lopez (CAF),
Jérôme Härri (EURECOM)
12:30 - 14:00   Lunch Break    
14:00 - 14:30   NG-TCMS Prototypes (Demo Session)
First results of NG-TCMS technologies will be presented.
14:30 - 15:00   Cross-IP Adoption and Standardization of NG-TCMS Activities
NG-TCMS results from Shift2Rail Innovation Programme 1 (IP1) are strongly linked with on-going activities in other Shift2Rail IPs, such as IP2 (Advanced Traffic Management & Control Systems). In addition to this, connection with standardization bodies will also be a key aspect for the deployment of NG-TCMS.
  Javier Goikoetxea (CAF)
15:00 - 15:30   Closing Remarks and Future Steps on NG-TCMS
NG-TCMS results presented in this seminar will be summarized and future activities of Shift2Rail JU in this direction will be detailed.
  Igor Lopez (CAF)
15:30 - 15:45   Closing of Seminar   Aitor Arriola (IKERLAN)
15:45   End of Seminar