Research Projects coordinated by UNIFE

  • GoF4R

    Duration: November 2016 - November 2019 (24 months)
    Budget: 2 million EUR
    Partners: 16

    GoF4R (Governance of the IF for Rail and Intermodal Mobility) is a 2-year project which includes the following 16 partners from 8 different EU Member States: UNIFE, CEFRIEL, CNC, D’Appolonia, EPF, Masaryk University, OLTIS Group, Politecnico di Milano, RSSB, Teleste, Trenitalia, UIC, University of Zilina, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and University of Sheffield.

    The objectives of GoF4R are to analyse the economic determinants of the market for customer-centric mobility services as they are shaped by the introduction of the Interoperability Framework technology like:
      • Network effects, externalities, the effect of the introduction of matchmaking platforms and social networks in the market place;
      • Economic Incentives / disincentives for adoption on market Agents;
      • Constrains on the supply of critical inputs, including human resources.

    Additionally, the project aims at designing specific governance structures and processes that maximize the effect of market forces on adoption of the technology while providing mitigating measures for residual market failures. Lastly, it will generate recommendations on possible needed adaptations of the legal framework regulating the provisioning of compatible networked customer centric mobility services.

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  • ST4RT

    Duration: November 2016 - November 2019 (24 months)
    Budget: 1 million EUR
    Partners: 8

    ST4RT (Semantic Transformations for Rail Transportation) is a 2-year project which includes the following 8 partners from 5 different EU Member States: UNIFE, CEFRIEL, CNC, D’Appolonia, Hit Rail, OLTIS Group, Politecnico di Milano, Trenitalia and UIC.

    The objectives of ST4RT are to develop cost-reducing translator technologies drawing from the ontology repository and the service registry hosted by the Interoperability Framework. It will achieve this by:
      • Analysing the availability and maturity of semantic transformation tools and technologies;
      • Designing methodologies for annotation/mapping between legacy data models and ontologies;
      • Developing extensions to the IT2Rail reference ontology;
      • Developing automatic mapping between the IT2Rail reference ontology and legacy data models, i.e. TAP-TSI;
      • Developing KPIs and Metrics for the transformation evaluation.

    Due to their close links with Shift2Rail IP4, these two projects had a combined kick-off meeting which took place on the 29th of November in Brussels. It was the first occasion for all the partners involved in both projects, to meet and discuss about their respective workplans and collaboration between them.

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    Duration: February 2016 - January 2018 (24 months)
    Budget: 4,5 million EUR
    Partners: 17

    The STARS (Satellite Technology for Advanced Railway Signalling) project aims to fill the gap between ERTMS needs for safety critical applications and E-GNSS services, through a characterisation of the railway environment and of GNSS performance assessment in that environment.
    Key objectives of the project are:
    • To develop a universal approach to predict the achievable GNSS performance, especially for safety critical applications within ERTMS and to determine the necessary evolution of ETCS to include GNSS services;
    • To quantify the economic benefits through reduction of cost, which will increase market appeal of ERTMS;
    As a result of the project it shall be possible to predict performance of GNSS in the railway environment in regards to accuracy, availability and safety. This shall be possible for specific locations or sections along railway lines, and based on using a compliant receiver. The resulting application will facilitate interoperability between equipment of different suppliers, which is one of the key elements that has led to significant applications of ERTMS in Europe and beyond.

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Projects with Unife Involvement


    Duration: November 2016 - April 2019 (30 months)
    Budget: 1,5 million EUR
    Partners: 11

    INNOWAG (INNOvative monitoring and predictive maintenance solutions on lightweight WAGon) is a 30-month project co-financed by the European Commission’s S2R initiative aimed at increasing rail freight competitiveness and the development of the next generation of lightweight and intelligent freight wagons by addressing specific challenges in the three essential areas, identified by the call, through three subsequent work streams, namely:
      • Work Stream 1 (WS1): Cargo condition monitoring;
      • Work Stream 2 (WS2): Wagon design; and
      • Work Stream 3 (WS3): Predictive maintenance.

    Moreover, INNOWAG will consider the compatibility between the solutions proposed and researched in the three areas, as well as their integration into a novel concept of wagon. The aim of the proposed project is to develop intelligent cargo monitoring and predictive maintenance solutions integrated into this novel concept of lightweight wagon, which would respond to major challenges in rail freight competitiveness.
    UNIFE is leading the work on exploitation as well as contributing to the dissemination and communication strategy of the project. UNIFE members in INNOWAG are Lucchini RS and Uzina de Vagoane Aiud.

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