ÖBB – Connected Transport

Rail is the safest form of land transport. The already high level of safety is achieved by modern train protection and control systems which allow permanent surveillance and automatization of operational actions.

High accuracy positioning of rolling-stock and algorithm for capacity optimization on the network are the keys for automatic train operation. Together with smart assets which ensure condition based monitoring and maintenance high productivity, availability and reliability is guaranteed.


Train Checkpoints: ÖBB-Infrastruktur scans trains

Train checkpoints are fixed technical installations on the track. Different sensors are measuring the conditions (loading, driving stability, etc.) of all trains running on the certain track. All checkpoints connect to a central monitoring system for the smart data analysis. The roll out of about fourty train checkpoints has started in 2017 and is one of the largest of all rail network operators in Europe.


Research Project ‘Greenlight’: high accuracy GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) positioning of trains

Based on corrections of the ÖBB-Infrastruktur-owned GNSS reference station network, the position of trains can be tracked with an accuracy of approximately 0.5 m. The implemented solution offers a broad field of use-cases, e.g. better planning of maintenance work of the rolling stock based on the exact number of the distance driven, enhancement of the information systems on train stations for our customers, positive effects on the energy demand with regard to train operation and disposition.


Last updated : 09/04/2018