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Digitalization and Automation of Freight Rail

Digitalization and Automation of Freight Rail

Objective

Within the challenges highlighted in the IP5 part of the S2R Master Plan, FR8RAIL II further focuses on improving the freight eco system by addressing various challenges: New automatic couplers (1), provided with electrical and data transmission functionalities will massively improve the efficiency of the train composition process, new telematics and electrification (2) will enable Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) by collecting, transmitting and using the necessary information while being supplied with the required energy by means of an advanced energy management system.
Improved methods for annual and short-term timetable planning (3) will help traffic operators increasing the overall capacity and raise punctuality and with Real-time network management (4), integrating medium to short-term and operational planning at yards/terminals and in the railway network, inefficiencies will be further reduced or even eliminated.
Future freight wagon design (5) is a stream that will contribute in improving reliability of the freight transport while increasing the payload per meter of train. The latter one will be propelled by future main line electric freight locomotives featuring highly flexible freight propulsion (6) systems with reduced operational costs. Furthermore, these new freight trains will be propelled by more than one locomotive running with distributed power (7), thus allowing long freight trains up to 1,500 m. Last but not least, focus is given to driver advisory aystems that are connected (C-DAS) to the traffic management systems (8), further enhancing capacity, improving punctuality and optimize energy consumption of the railway system.
Summarizing, FR8RAIL II focuses on various facets of the freight eco system with one goal: overall improvement and increase of competitiveness of the rail freight transport.

Coordinator

BOMBARDIER TRANSPORTATION GMBH

Address

Eichhornstrasse 3
10785 Berlin

Germany

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 788 783,58

Participants (16)

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Kompetenzzentrum - Das Virtuelle Fahrzeug, Forschungsgesellschaft mbH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 123 875

TRAFIKVERKET - TRV

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 862 145,33

DEUTSCHE BAHN AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 1 055 205,14

Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles, S.A.

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 295 690,92

CONTRAFFIC GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 184 985,91

FAIVELEY TRANSPORT ITALIA SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 200 248,13

DLR

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 591 172,85

ASOCIACION CENTRO TECNOLOGICO CEIT-IK4

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 186 637,61

AC2T RESEARCH GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 195 785

PJ MESSTECHNIK GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 48 942,46

MATERIALS CENTER LEOBEN FORSCHUNG GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 28 660,71

INDRA SISTEMAS SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 269 937,50

SNCF MOBILITES

France

EU Contribution

€ 62 892,29

ANSALDO STS S.p.A.

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 193 758,36

KNORR-BREMSE SYSTEME FUR SCHIENENFAHRZEUGE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 88 822,52

TATRAVAGONKA AS

Slovakia

EU Contribution

€ 284 025

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 826206

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2018

  • End date

    30 April 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.4.8.5.

Coordinated by:

BOMBARDIER TRANSPORTATION GMBH

Germany