Research Projects coordinated by UNIFE


    Duration: May 2015 - October 2017 (30 months)
    Budget: 12 million EUR
    Partners: 27

    The IT2RAIL -“Information Technologies for SHIFT2RAIL” project is a first step towards the long term IP4 -“IT Solutions for Attractive Railway Services”, one of the SHIFT2RAIL Joint Undertaking’s Innovation Programmes. IT2Rail is fully funded by the European Commission under Horizon2020. Through the introduction of radical new technologies and solutions, the European citizen’s global travel interactions will be transformed into a fully integrated and customised experience, rendering the entire European transportation system a natural extension of citizens work and leisure environments, across all modes, local and long-distance, public and private.

    IT2Rail aims at creating:
      • A seamless travel experience: a complete multimodal travel offer, connecting the first and last mile to long distance journeys combining air, rail, coach and other services.
      • A seamless access to all travel services: the travel experience will be totally enhanced through the integration of a wealth of travel services supported by innovative digital technologies.

    A use case will be defined as a specific instantiation for the open concepts, and will benefit from a completely scalable architecture fully instantiated in IP4. This approach is addressing all the key challenges of the work program, supporting a complete door-to- door intermodal travel offer and proposing a seamless integration of the very diverse existing and future services for planning, one-stop-shop ticketing, and real-time re-accommodation. Moreover, thanks to an Interoperability framework which insulates travel applications from the standards fragmentation in multimodal transport, IT2RAIL liberates business-model innovations in the market-place, guaranteeing the economic self-sustainability of these e-services in the long-term.

  • Roll2Rail

    Duration: May 2015 - October 2017 (30 months)
    Budget: 16 million EUR
    Partners: 31

    ROLL2RAIL is a research project which aims to develop key technologies and to remove already identified blocking points for radical innovation in the field of railway vehicles as part of a longer term strategy to revolutionise the rolling stock for the future.


    In particular, Roll2Rail focuses on technological innovations in different subsystems of the vehicles which, each and all together contribute to achieve the desired impact at vehicle level and whole railway system level improving capacity, reliability, efficiency, comfort and LCC. The project expects innovations in 8 different areas such as traction and power electronics, train communications, car bodyshell, running gear technologies, brakes, train interiors, noise and vibration and energy performance.


    At the end of the project all the results will be further developed, leading to demonstration in real vehicles or relevant environments feeding into IP1 of Shift2Rail. Moreover, this project will deliver a set of technical recommendations and proposals of standarisation.


    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.

Projects with Unife Involvement

  • In2Rail

    Duration: May 2015 - March 2018 (36 months)
    Budget: 18 million EUR
    Partners: 54

    In2Rail is a research project which aims to set the foundations for a resilient, consistent, cost-efficient, high capacity European network. In2Rail will feed into the Shift2Rail Innovation Programmes 2 (Advanced Traffic Management & Control Systems) and 3 (Cost Efficient and Reliable High Capacity Infrastructure).

    In2Rail focuses on three main workstreams:
    Smart Infrastructure:
       -  Intelligent reliable infrastructure: integrated asset monitoring, self-diagnostic and adjusting assets, efficient design and new materials, exploring mechatronic solutions, with an increased focus on data from low-cost, low-maintenance sensors.
       -  Better system resilience and a reduced need for maintenance through innovative infrastructure design, novel working methods and smarter use of data leading to reduced LCC and greatly improved availability.
       -  Overall reduction in carbon emissions, noise and vibration, and improved levels of sustainability.
    Intelligent Mobility Management:
       -  A standardised approach to information management and dispatching system enabling an integrated Traffic Management System (TMS).
       -  An Information and Communication Technology (ICT) environment supporting all transport operational systems with standardised interfaces and with a plug and play framework for TMS applications.
       -  An advanced asset information system with the ability to ‘nowcast’ and forecast network asset statuses with the associated uncertainties from heterogeneous data sources.
    Rail Power Supply and Energy Management:
       -  Design a future AC Rail Power Supply System with minimised energy losses and optimised loads.
       -  Implement an efficient energy management system allowing understanding of energy flows within a railway system, a reduction of the energy consumption and cost, optimised asset management and enabling better use of the railway capacity.