Satellite Based Train Control
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E. Schnieder, G. Bikker & M. Schroeder
Satellite-based train control E. Schnieder, G. Bikker, M. Schroeder Technical University of Braunschweig, Institute of Control and Automation Engineering, Langer Kamp 8, D-38106 Braunschweig, Germany. Abstract Within the context of the advancing European harmonisation in the field of track bound traffic an interoperable control system, the European Train Control System (ETCS), has been specified. The step wise realisation of this concept will enable a more efficient transnational rail traffic, whereby however significant implementation and migration efforts have to be done. By the use of new technologies within the area of signalling and radio based train control the trackside infrastructure will decrease. Besides, regarding the chances and possibilities of satellite based location methods, the base of such an efficient control system could also be used in non-European regions. In non European nations requirements for economical control systems in rail traffic exist as well.