In February 2016, Eurailscout Inspection & Analysis BV (The Netherlands) and Eurailscout France SAS (France) purchased one BaliseLifeCheck system featuring KER and Eurobalises diagnosis for their UFM160 (press release).
We are very glad to announce that The BaliseLifeCheck is now set up, and that a successful test has been done in France, in the area of Metz, where tracks are both equipped with Eurobalise and KER balises.
The UFM160 is equipped with the localization system “LocNG”, used by the SNCF Network in France. Switches and crocodile balises are detected to deliver real time positioning with all related information (mileage, line number, id-name) of these assets. The UFM160 can assign their precise location information to the French LocNG system. This way, all the measurements performed by the UFM160 can be geolocalized at the right position and include all the required information in the measurement report file.
ERTMS Solutions BaliseLifeCheck has been plugged to the LocNG to guarantee data correlation and respect required report formats. The integration tests have been successfully carried out in the area of Paris.
Jean-Michel Froment, Eurailscout France Deputy Director : “this system is very important for us to comply with our obligations towards SNCF Network and other infrastructure asset managers like OPERE (New high speed line Bretagne Pays de Loire). With the BLC interfacing LocNG, we can deliver for the first time in France, a complete and global maintenance information for Eurobalises and KER balises (KVB). This information can be used in network asset infrastructure databases for a long time. In the future, we hope to deliver predictive information after signals analyses to guarantee more safety in signaling maintenance”.
ERTMS Solutions’ “LifeCheck” product line is a preventive maintenance set of tools, which equips any type of trains, fitted or not with ETCS. It automates the track asset maintenance, enables to generate alarms, produces extremely detailed signal quality information and reports when it passes over a balise (eg. Eurobalises and KER) or any type of AC track circuit (eg. TVM430, TVM300), contact type (Crocodile) and magnetic signaling systems (AWS).
All networks that operate ETCS lines are starting to put in place systematic measurement of the Eurobalises, in order to maintain them in an effective way.
Nowadays, there are several tools available on the market to perform Eurobalise maintenance, but a vast majority of them follow a corrective approach, by identifying a fault only when it occurred, so that the failed equipment can be repaired or replaced.
Aware of the limitations of the these solutions, the ERTMS market started to ask for instruments specifically designed to automate Eurobalises measurements, by enabling preventive maintenance. These tools will need to measure information such as Subset-026 telegram content, Balise ID, contact length, telegram count and power lobe, but should also measure all the parameters that fully characterize Eurobalises, so that no issue of the Eurobalise can go unnoticed.
Using these parameters (listed in the Eurobalise protocol specification, Subset-036) and verifying if they are within the permissive ranges, will provide a higher level of resolution to calculate the health state of a balise.
The BaliseLifeCheck is the only tool able to produce extremely detailed signal quality information when it passes over a Eurobalise, by measuring all possible indicators defined in Subset-036.
Furthermore, it is able to detect and analyse the status of legacy balises too, with the same high resolution level.
Although no predictive algorithms exist yet, this approach provides insurance that such algorithms can be developed and integrated in the next future.
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We will present our LifeCheck product line (BaliseLifeCheck and TVMLifeCheck), a preventive maintenance set of tools, which equips any type of trains, fitted or not with ETCS. It automates the track asset maintenance; it enables to generate alarms and produce extremely detailed signal quality information and reports when it passes over a balise (eg. Eurobalises) or any types of track circuits (eg. TVM430).
ERTMS Solutions is organizing its first ERTMSCamCorder User Group Event on January 17th and 18th , 2017, in Brussels.
The objective of this annual two-days event is to bring together the ERTMSCamCorder community to share customers feedback, meet the community of users, innovate, and generate ideas together.
At this occasion, three clients will present real case studies on their use and applications of the ERTMSCamCorder (Network Rail, Belgorail, Transurb). Our team will present the new features of the software and the different existing modules.
Those presentations will be followed by a workshop session where all the participants will have the opportunity to nurture R&D progress on Testing Optimization, and draft upcoming needs.
If you are not yet a user, and you want to participate to next year session, please contact us for more information about the ERTMSCamCorder at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ERTMS Solutions is a world leader in railways testing, maintenance, and systems integration product tools, especially known in the ERTMS world.
SYSTRA Scott Lister is globally recognized for their strength in the field of ERTMS/ETCS. This partnership reinforces these capabilities for the use of state of the art desktop simulators environment.
François Pignard, Rail Systems Integration Manager at SYSTRA Scott Lister: “Thanks to this partnership, SYSTRA Scott Lister is now able to undertake a validation of clients’ requirements and design principles at the earliest stage of the V-cycle, independently from ETCS suppliers. This will minimize rework in the implementation phase, reduce the amount of dynamic train tests, and reduce risks related to supplier’s interoperability.”
Stanislas Pinte, CEO ERTMS Solutions: “With its 100% of model coverage for onboard requirements specified in Subset-026, 027 and 034, ERTMSFormalSpecs is the only tool able to model and reproduce 100% of real EVC-related situations. We are very happy to share this unique expertise with SYSTRA Scott Lister.”
SYSTRA Scott Lister would be pleased to discuss this and your other advanced train control requirements. Please call Francois Pignard on +33 677 261 883 in Europe or Julian Richards on +61 400 349 239 in Australia.
ERTMSFormalSpecs is a software tool, specifically designed to formally model ERTMS requirements, both for trainborne and trackside systems. The tool includes: a railway signaling domain specific software language, a tool chain and a test environment, capable of simulating an ETCS onboard unit on the desktop.