European railways are now safer thanks to scientists from Pardubice- Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics, UPCE

doc. Ing. Aleš Filip, CSc.

Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics, University of Pardubice

An idea that will help reduce the cost of operating railways and improve safety on the lines with the EGNOS air safety service.

Improving safety on railways is a Europe-wide problem, on which experts have worked intensively and are still working on its solution. A scientist from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics thought that it would be good to connect aviation and railway safety. They therefore proposed a procedure for the adoption and certification of the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System (EGNOS) for the purposes of the European Rail Traffic Management System. To put it very simply: the same navigation system that guides aircrafts will also guide trains.

EGNOS was designed according to aviation safety standards, which the railways could not accept. The Pardubice scientific team modified this system to comply with CENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization) standards. It has developed a Europe-wide security manual, integrating elements of the EGNOS service.

The proposal will be put into practice in the coming years.

AWARDS: Galileo Masters 2020 in EU Space Week competition.
The annual Galileo Masters competitions are announced and funded by the European Commission. It awards prizes to the best services, products and business concepts that use satellite navigation in everyday life. The mission of the competition is to accelerate the development of market-oriented “satellite” innovations. Contributions to the competition are evaluated by 200 experts.