Previous Projects

The figure below summarises the most relevant research and innovation activities linked to the project that serves as a starting point for OPTIMA.

The next table includes additional initiatives linked to the project with their main valuables outputs

Research and Innovations Activities
Specific Valuable Outputs
Early Systems TEsTing (ESTET) follows up DEVYS project. Its main topics are:
1.  Test plans adaptation to a unitary system virtualization;
2.  Creation and production of multi-systems test plans;
3.  Implementation of concepts of test scenarios generation;
4.  Adaptive Test;
5.  Standardization.
The activities of SFERA are related to the implementation of the conclusions from previous EU funded projects including MERLIN, RailEnergy and ON-TIME. It is involved with the development of standards to manage interfaces related to energy, including smart grids, innovative power supply infrastructure, smart energy procurement, energy consumption monitoring systems, timetable optimization, regeneration of energy and Eco driving.
(2015 – ongoing)
Integration and Validation Platform using data-centric architecture (DDS). ALYSA platform allow to validate a full metro line, it is connected physically to a part of the equipment and simulate the others. (train equipment (ATC) and ground equipment such as Interlocking, supervision, signalling and station equipment). ALYSA provides also the capability to simulate all the equipment on a fully virtual platform.
(2015 – ongoing)
Multiplatform Asset Lifecycle Management software 100% SAP based and fully integrated with SAP EAM processes. Introduced in the sector in Germany through VOITH and SWK.
DEVeloppement sYStèmes (DEVYS) is an international project leaded by Airbus and financed by France and German government. It had 2 topics:
-  VHTNG Virtual & Hybrid Testing Next Generation
-  TA Test Automation
VHTNG proved that virtualization is helpful to set some test that cannot be possible with current hardware test benches.
Test Automation part used VHTNG with a standardized architecture and interface to demonstrate the capability of testing the same test scenario on 2 different platform (1 fully real platform and 1 hybrid including real and virtual platform)
Joint Lab with Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) operator
(2010 – ongoing)
Analysis and design of wireless spread spectrum for wayside communications; analysis and design of backbone network and networking equipment
GSM-R Network Management
(2010 – ongoing)
The project is in line with the UIC strategy of technical support for building up and strengthening the performance of radio communication in Europe, while preserving the Interoperability of the system.
GSM-R is in operation on the majority of lines in Europe and is largely proven as being the radio digital solution in Europe. GSM-R European network requires constant work for harmonising issues on roaming conditions, operations, interconnections and international routing, frequency management, including more and more critical work on interferences coming from public operators.
For all the above activities UIC plays the role of technical authority; the UIC technical support for the European Commission, the European Railway Agency, the Rails Sector association and ECC/CEPT is recognized as a necessity
(2004 – 2007)
The ERIM Project, carried out in 2004-2007, has been based on a detailed database on main international corridors, mainly for freight, between 32 countries.
The ERIM database is constituted of about 50,000 route-km divided into 1,100 interconnected line sections enabling the corridors to be redefined to suit any particular business or political configuration. The main areas covered by the database are: a) Current and planned 2020 infrastructure provision (including detailed investment plans), b) Estimations on current and 2020 traffic volumes, c) Estimations on current and 2020 capacity utilization.
The ERIM database will be updated regularly and the UIC Atlas of Infrastructure in the ERIM Network will be published on a yearly basis.
(Jan. 1999 – Jan 2006)
The project aimed at the harmonization, join development, and standardization of interlocking and signalling systems in Europe. In particular, it has contributed to the development of standardised file formats for interlocking data exchange, and to the construction of a generic simulation tool (exploiting the project defined Location and Interlocking file formats) for the verification and validation of interlocking rules.