Research Projects coordinated by UNIFE

  • NGTC

    Duration: September 2013 - September 2016
    Budget: 10.96 million EUR
    Partners: 21

    Next Generation Train Control (NGTC) is the first research project partially funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme, where all the main rail system signalling suppliers together with mainline operators and infrastructure managers as well as urban rail operators are going to be working jointly in developing the next generation of train control systems.


    The technical objective of the project is paving the way for standardized train control systems for mainline and urban domains which provide complete ATP (Automatic Train Protection), ATO (Automatic Train Operation), and ATS (Automatic Train Supervision) functionality and support train operation from Grade of Automation GOA0 to GOA4, whilst significantly reducing total cost of ownership and life cycle costs, and achieving an overall improvement in performance at lower cost.

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Projects with Unife Involvement


    Duration: October 2013 - September 2017
    Budget: 15 million EUR
    Partners: 47

    CAPACITY4RAIL: New Concept for Railway infrastructure and operation: adaptable, resilient and high capacity aims to bring a system vision of the railways looking towards 2030/2050, by proposing guidelines for future deployments in the mid-term and recommendations for technologies to be developed and deployed in the long-term in order to obtain an affordable, adaptable, automated, resilient and high-capacity railway. With a comprehensive system vision, it will contribute to the development of guidance documents that identify further actions to be taken and future technologies and systems to be developed. It will demonstrate that a step change in railway infrastructure and operations may be achieved within the constraints of the need to maintain railway services while work is being carried out.


    The project will build on various past and ongoing research projects. The project will be structured into four Sub-Projects related to infrastructure: track, freight, operation, and advanced monitoring. A fifth transversal Sub-Project will give the project a system view and ensure the connection between the other Sub-Projects. The full sustainability of the developed solutions and innovations will be assessed and scenarios for a smooth migration of the system from its current to its future state will be evaluated.


    The project challenges will concern the use of existing know-how, the implementation of findings, the need to find timely low cost ways to add capacity, and rapid implementability at minimal cost. The coordination is of vital importance, which aims to create an open and creative atmosphere and keep a multi-disciplinary system approach.

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