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Novel Approach for Validation of Innovative Modules for Railway Traffic Management Systems in a Virtual Environment

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Jin Liu, Dr Cristian Ulianov, Dr Paul Hyde



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To increase operational efficiency, resilience and capacity of the railway system, the development of modern railway traffic management system (TMS) has attracted more and more attention in recent years. To support the development and implementation of the next generation of TMS and related applications, advanced data collection, transmission and processing approaches, digitalised databases, and virtual validation platforms, etc., are required. In the context of the TMS development (addressed by Technology Demonstrator 2.9 of Shift2Rail Innovation Programme 2), this support is to be provided by a scalable, interoperable and standardised communication platform for internal and external communication between different subsystems, applications and clients. This paper outlines the approach of the ongoing OPTIMA project aimed to develop a communication platform demonstrator for railway TMS based on a novel Integration Layer (IL) and its various interfaces to entities including integration layer services, TMS service, rail business service, external services and operator workstations. Further detailed discussion in this paper relates to the approach to validating the communication platform demonstrator as a functional entity, and as a virtual testing environment to validate railway traffic management and other applications. The validation approach for the applications tested on the communication platform demonstrator is also presented. The results of future implementation of this validation approach will be used to assess the functionality of the communications platform demonstrator developed, and the initial TMS applications tested on it, and form an important step towards developing and implementing IL based communications platforms for future TMSs.

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Author(s): Liu J, Ulianov C, Hyde P, Ruscelli A, Cecchetti G

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part F: Journal of Rail and Rapid Transit

Year: 2021

Issue: ePub ahead of Print

Online publication date: 26/08/2021

Acceptance date: 06/08/2021

Date deposited: 07/10/2021

ISSN (print): 0954-4097

ISSN (electronic): 2041-3017

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.1177/09544097211041879


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881777European Commission