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RAILWAY DIGITALISATION USING DRONES

PROJECTS
Funding
European
European Union
Duration
-
Status
Ongoing
Geo-spatial type
Network corridors
Total project cost
€2 948 751
EU Contribution
€2 064 126
Project website
Project Acronym
RADIUS
STRIA Roadmaps
Network and traffic management systems (NTM)
Transport policies
Digitalisation
Transport sectors
Freight transport,
Passenger transport

Overview

Call for proposal
H2020-SPACE-EGNSS-2019-2020
Link to CORDIS
Objectives

Drone technology boasts a wide range of applications in several fields, such as the monitoring and design digitalisation of railways. The EU-funded RADIUS project will develop a drone-based technology to monitor the physical situation and electronic operability of non-safety critical and safety critical railway signalling assets and to perform specific maintenance operations. The project will identify the best drone technologies to be used in the railway sector, design the drone solution characteristics, integrate sensor and data collection, and adapt/redesign the railway signalling assets to drone characteristics. RADIUS will ensure safe communication between the drone and peripheral post and secure data exchange, allow contactless diagnostics, and focus on the interaction with current intelligent asset management systems and traffic management systems.

The objective of the RADIUS proposal is to develop a drone-based technology (a) to monitor the physical status and electronic functionality of both non-safety-critical and safety-critical railway signalling assets and (b) to execute specific maintenance activities. RADIUS will focus on: (1) The identification of the best drone technologies to be used in the railway sector, considering mainly the signalling assets to be monitored, the characteristics of the lines, the maintenance actions to be implemented and the distances to be covered; (2) The design of the drone solution capabilities and related payloads to integrate: sensors and the data collection and processing capabilities to allow the monitoring of the signalling assets, wireless technology to be used for establishing secure communication channels between the drone and the peripheral post and to allow contact-less diagnostic and SW maintenance; EGNSS solutions for navigation and positioning such as EGNOS (SBAS) and GALILEO enabling improved drones' flight control and safe movements in complex railways operational scenario, the most secure data transmission solution to guarantee reliable and secure data exchanges, and embedded data analytics to perform assets monitoring, maintenance prediction analysis, and repairing actions avoiding railway track possession; (3) The adaptation/redesign of the railway signalling assets to become drone-friendly for the maintenance activities include the design of a docking station; (4) The interaction with existing Intelligent Asset Management Systems; (5) The interaction with current Traffic Management Systems to improve the safe movements of drones within the railway; (6) The planning of drone mission strategies compliant with regulations and with the complexity of the railway environment to fly Beyond Visual Line of Sight; (7) The practical demonstration of a proof-of-concept (TRL 6) in a railway relevant environment.

Funding

Specific funding programme
H2020-EU.2.1.6. - INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies – Space
H2020-EU.2.1.6.3. - Enabling exploitation of space data
Other Programme
DT-SPACE-EGNSS-2-2019-2020 - EGNSS applications fostering digitisation

Partners

Lead Organisation
Organisation
HITACHI RAIL STS SPA
Address
VIA ARGINE 425, 16151 NAPOLI, Italy
EU Contribution
€636 650
Partner Organisations
Organisation
Evoleo Technologies Lda
Address
Rua Goncalo Mendes Maia 1350 1 H, 4425 656 Maia, Portugal
EU Contribution
€366 625
Organisation
AEORUM ESPANA S.L.
Address
CALLE REFINO 26 2 A, 29013 Malaga, Spain
EU Contribution
€416 273
Organisation
Infraestruturas De Portugal Sa
Address
PRACA DA PORTAGEM, 2809 013 LISBOA, Portugal
EU Contribution
€250 425
Organisation
Eurousc Espana Sl
Address
CALLE DIEGO HURTADO DE MENDOZA 17, 28050 MADRID, Spain
EU Contribution
€92 662
Organisation
Zenabyte Srl
Address
VIA CESAREA 2, 16121 GENOVA, Italy
EU Contribution
€211 103
EU Contribution
€90 387

Technologies

Technology Theme
Condition monitoring
Technology
Sensor condition monitoring system
Development phase
Demonstration/prototyping/Pilot Production

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