SIGNAL+DRAHT | Issue 06/2022

RailChain – the application of distributed ledger technologies in railway operations

June 2022 | Jens Braband, Rüdiger Kapitza, Andreas Polze, Ingo Schwarzer

A distributed juridical recorder has been designed in the “RailChain” project based on a real-time distributed consensus protocol and has been implemented as a distributed ledger (the software implementation of a distributed cash book) on board DB Systemtechnik’s “Advanced TrainLab” (ICE-TD 605 017). In addition to any details on the architecture and the consensus protocol, additional use cases that go far beyond the vehicle and, thanks to EULYNX and RCA, also record the status information of the field elements and system components are discussed here....