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Ask the experts: Top 5 future developments in train signalling and communications.

Posted on Nov 18, 2013

SmartRail World spoke to five experts from around the world about what future developments they were most excited them for the future of train signalling and communications and this is what they told us:

1) “My conviction, is that full automatic Operations (including automatic coupling/uncoupling) is the future to enhance global performances in safety, service delivery, cost reduction and revenue growth and I’m looking forward to seeing it develop further.”

Philippe Leguay, International Director Urban Railway Systems, Keolis

2) “In the near future, I hope to see mature offerings from three promising developments: 1) Full use of train-to-train communication 2) implementation of shape video recognition (traffic regulation, advanced warning on unsafe situations) and 3) IA for regulation, movements in complex parking areas and daily operations schedule computing.”

Jean-Michel Rubio Nevado, a CBTC Expert in Transportation Systems, SYSTRA.

3) ”Number one would be solving the spectrum issues that can exist with the radio based system. The removal of trackside components and equipment will help this significantly. In addition greater communication between trains and control centre will cut down on the need for maintenance, solve issues before they become problematic and help decrease the amount of times a train is taken out of service. We are at the early stages of CBTC still but it has great potential, some see it as a matter of capacity gain but it’s actually so much more.”

Klavs Hestbek Lund, Project Manager, Operation & Maintenance of Metroselkabet

4) “With the new CBTC System that we are developing there are a number of major opportunities for development. One area I see is in automatic train launching & withdrawals. Under the new CBTC system, without any train operator on-board, trains will be prepared automatically at the start of the day with an automatic train “wake up” feature at the depot stabling sidings. The new CBTC system will then automatically despatch trains to the mainline without any train operator on-board. With this level of automation, it presents a huge savings in man-hours for us in the trains preparations, launching and withdrawals.”

Richard Wong, Principal Fellow of Systems at Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT)

5) “Being able to travel further and faster on an international journey - which does not necessarily mean using a high-speed railway all the way, part can be on conventional lines which have sometimes been upgraded. Rail is then offering good competition to the airlines. If that journey can be researched on an electronic journey-planner and booked end-to-end on one ticket, all the better.”

Trevor Garrod, Chairman, European Passengers' Federation.

Topics: High Speed Rail, Seoul Metropolitan Rapid Transit Corporation, Project Manager, CBTC, Philippe Leguay, Features, Communication-Based Train Control, Interviews, Railroad engineer, SYSTRA, Keolis, Signalling

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