RHINOS - 2nd Workshop at GSA

Category: News Last Updated: Wednesday, 05 April 2017

The second Workshop of the European project RHINOS is going to be held at GSA Agency HQ in Prague, on 23rd and 24th of March. The project is supported by European Commission under the HORIZON2020 program. The main objective of RHINOS workshop was to demonstrate fulfillment of high safety integrity and reliability standards used to detect virtual balise within ERTMS/ETCS based on EGNSS (EGNOS and Galileo) technologies. Workshop started by opening speech made by executive director of GSA agency, Carlo des Dorides. Further opening speeches were presented by the representative of the Czech Ministry of Transport, director of the department Vaclav Kobera and on behalf of the University of Pardubice, dean of the faculty Zdenek Nemec. During workshop, various of international experts were presenting theirs contributions/presentations such as Prof. Alessandro Neri (Italy - RadioLabs), Prof. Terry Moore (UK – University of Nottingham), Prof. Efim Rozenberg (Russian Federation – RZD NIIAS) and among other speakers that were representing partner organizations of RHINOS project were: F. Rispoli e S. Sabina (ASTS); A. Grosch (DLR), S. Roberts (University of Nottingham); A. Filip (University of Pardubice). Prof. Per Enge (USA – Stanford University) and Dr. R. Capua (SOGEI) were having their presentations via TELCO from the US and Canada. The content of the RHINOS workshop was enriched by representatives of various European railway institutions: such as P. Petruccioli representing UIC, M. Ruesen representing ERTMS User Group, P. Gurnik representing UNIFE. The whole workshop was co-organized by GNSS Centre of Excellence (GCE) and its director, Pavel Dobes, was chairman of the workshop.

First RHINOS Workshop at University of Stanford marked bold commitment on high integrity GNSS for ERTMS

Category: News Last Updated: Friday, 13 January 2017

Stanford University, California,  29th  November - 1st December 2016 

RHINOS partners - a blue-print project awarded to Radiolabs by GSA  -  have met at Stanford University who has organized the first Workshop to discuss the results with international stake-holders. At the opening speeches Mr. Josef Doppelbauer, executive director of European Union Agency for Railways, and Mr. Carlo Des Dorides, executive director of GSA, have underlined the significant step on having recently included GNSS as one of the game-changer for improving  ERTMS competitivity. ( European Union Agency for Railways Executive Director, Josef Doppelbauer). At the conclusion of the 3-days  workshop which has involved also representatives from the US Federal Railways Agency (FRA), Ministry of Transport and representatives from CRCC and CRSC Chinese industries,  the RHINOS partners under the guidance of prof. Per Enge from University of Stanford have agreed a roadmap towards an Integrity model complying with the stringent requirements of the ERTMS system. This unprecedented commitment, backed by a team of international experts,  opens the way for contributing to the standardization of ERTMS to use  existing and future world-wide GNSS infrastructures and replacing seamlessly ERTMS track-side balises with virtual balises based on precise and safe train positioning.  

RHINOS – Mid Term Review

Category: News Last Updated: Thursday, 30 March 2017

October 28th, 2016 was held in Rome on the Mid Term Review of the H2020 RHINOS project funded by the GSA for the design of innovative LDS GNSS architectures for the railway sector.

ION GNSS+ 2016 - Track Constrained RTK for Railway Applications

Category: News Last Updated: Friday, 18 November 2016

This contribution deals with the integration of the GNSS technology into the ERTMS framework. Particularly, the hint of this work is the design of an algorithm that exploits carrier phase raw observation to determine, among a set of parallel tracks, which is the one the train is lying on. Making this functionality be compliant to SIL4 requirements is more challenging than the positioning long the line due to the reduced inter distance between the tracks. The track discrimination issue is then solved by explicitly taking into account that the train is constrained to lie on a track.

Track Constrained RTK for Railway Applications

ION GNSS+ 2016 Portland, Oregon USA

Category: News Last Updated: Friday, 18 November 2016

GNSS is expected to revolutionize train control systems by providing an efficient alternative to determine the train position along the track. However, GNSS is particularly vulnerable in the rail environment because of the presence of multipath in stations and at many locations along the track. Therefore, particular attention must be placed in assessing and evaluating multipath errors introduced by GNSS when using GNSS to replace physical balises with virtual balises.

In this paper we investigate a multipath detector based on the analysis of the double differences of pseudoranges provided by two GNSS receivers on board a train making use of two different antennas. 

This research, is developed within the RHINOS project co-funded by the GSA that is contributing to the roadmap for introducing GNSS into the European Train Management System (ERTMS).

 A Method for Multipath Detection and Mitigation in Railway Control Applications



This project has received funding from the European GNSS Agency under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No.687399