RADIUS
Railway digitalisation using drones

Background & Objectives

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.

Market application: 
Status: 
Ongoing
Coordinator: 
Salvatore Sabina
HITACHI RAIL STS SPA
Via Mantovani 3/5
16151 Genova GE
Italy
GSA Project Officer: 
Daniel Lopour
Total Cost: 
2 948 751 €
EU Contributions: 
2 064 125 €
Project Call: 
H2020 5th call
Contract Number: 
101004192
Partners
AEORUM ESPANA S.L
EUROCONTROL - EUROPEAN ORGANISATION FOR THE SAFETY OF AIR NAVIGATION
EUROUSC ESPANA SL
EVOLEO TECHNOLOGIES LDA
HITACHI RAIL STS SPA
NFRAESTRUTURAS DE PORTUGAL SA
ZENABYTE SRL

Updated: Apr 19, 2021