SIGNAL+DRAHT | Issue 11/2019

Achieving Digital Rail faster with COTS components

November 2019 | Manfred Gilliam, Sabine Konradi

Rail traffic is faced with the major task of switching to digital technologies as quickly and at the same time as cost-effectively as possible in order to remain capable of satisfying future demand. Commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) systems have great potential for the development of digital interlockings (DSTW) and the European Train Control System (ETCS). This is true not only with regard to lowering investment and life cycle costs when compared with conventional proprietary systems, but also in relation to reducing the dependence on individual suppliers; so-called “vendor lock-in”...