European Railway operators are under pressure to decrease their life cycle cost, to increase significantly their reliability and punctuality, to be more adaptive to different services. The European railway system remains very fragmented in terms of technologies, the adoption of new technologies and the renewal of former technologies are not quicker enough for the railway mode to answer rightly to the public policy needs. Research and innovation has a part to play in achieving these goals by giving to the data and their models, and to further the definition of a global railway system architecture as it is developing in other transport modes and industries the relevant roles that will support the necessary evolutions.
The LinX4Rail project sets the grounds for a shared vision of the railway system architecture, as well as the development of the Conceptual Data Model (CDM) which will enable different simulation or operational subsystems to run together, which paves the way to building a shared and interoperable architecture. The objectives of LINX4RAIL-2 are:
- To manage the follow-up of the existing work on System Architecture and Conceptual Data Model (CDM) carried out in the on-going LinX4Rail project, aiming at a large adoption for the European railways sector;
- To ensure wider uptake of results from LinX4Rail by proving the performance of the proposal methodology and vision and by evaluating the impacts, taking into account the business case;
- To establish a single ‘repository’ for System Architecture and CDM with a well-developed sustainability plan; and
- To adopt a common vision for the functional railway vision able to transform the Europe railway system.