ERSAT GGC impacts primarily on the evolution of ERTMS that thanks to the use of satellite assets will become more efficient and economically advantageous for its deployment on local and regional lines, contributing to the EC policy on the adoption of the ERTMS on the European railways. At the same time the project will be impacting on the utilization of EGNOS and GALILEO, primarily designed for aviation application, in the demanding rail operational environment threaten by local effects that have not been addressed so far by the aviation community.
Specific impacts are expected in the following areas:

  • Exploitation of the EGNSS signals ? geo-localization is expected to become the primary means to safely determine the train position with ERTMS
  • Implementation of EGNSS based pilot projects and end-to-end solutions ? A Pilot line will be deployed by RFI (Game Changer for the Satellite integration on ERTMS) on the Pinerolo-Sangone railway line in addition to the Test Bed already realized in Sardinia
  • Development of Standards, certification, legal and societal acceptance ? the ERSAT GGC team includes all the necessary skills and roles
  • Exploitation of Synergies with other positioning and navigation systems and techniques ? ERSAT GGC will anticipate the use of GALILEO that will be available by 2020

A further contribution of ERSAT GGC with the introduction of new technologies lies on linking together ERTMS and EGNOS-GALILEO, both pillars of the European Commission industrial policy with the promise to impacting on the rail and satellite sectors, creating unprecedented mutual benefits being rail the highest potential user of EGNSS.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No: 776039

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