2016/08 Second test campaign at marshalling yard RLCW

The project Galileo Online: GO! (GO!), launched in spring of 2015, had the goal of supporting the development of a reliable and highly accurate Galileo navigation receiver with an integrated connection to a central service platform and optimized communication channels for railway applications. Here application-specific problems, such as signal-shadowing effects, are taken into account under typical reception conditions.

Pictures 1 & 2 – Inspection of tracks and assets of RLCW which will be used for the final demonstration

Pictures 1 & 2 – Inspection of tracks and assets of RLCW which will be used for the final demonstration

The Unique Selling Point (USP) in the receiver development is the seamless connection of the receiver software and hardware with the infrastructure (central service platform), that would enable centralized analysis of the data transmitted from the receivers data and prepares this data for value-added information services. The functions of the GO! – receiver will be tested under actual operating conditions in a marshalling  yard at the Rail & Logistik Center Wustermark (RLCW) and presented to interested audience and the general public in Q1 / 2018.

As part of a series of workshops, carried out by the InnoZ together with the project consortium (RWTH Aachen, Vodafone, Fraunhofer IIS, SCISYS and IMST) and other representatives of the rail industry, various application-oriented scenarios for the final demonstration in the RLC Wustermark were developed in the last few months (Figure 3 and 4).

Pictures 3 & 4 – Impressions of the team meeting in the end of August

Pictures 3 & 4 – Impressions of the team meeting in the end of August

The team met in the end of August (2016), to prepare and concretize the implementation of the scenarios. Together with representatives of RLCW and Havelländischen Eisenbahn (HVLE), the envisaged scenarios were discussed and refined. Subsequently the track system and shunting trolley were visited (Figure 1 & 2) and various measurements to determine the satellite localization, accuracy and mobile phone coverage were carried out by the project members of the RWTH Aachen, Vodafone and Fraunhofer IIS. The measurements were performed dynamically using a V60 engine on which the antennas for measurement and evaluation units were installed (Figure 6).

Pictures 5 & 6 - Measurements to determine the satellite localization and accuracy

Pictures 5 & 6 – Measurements to determine the satellite localization and accuracy

In the coming months, the next steps in the development of the hardware and software alongside the central service platform will be implemented and integrated into the system. Pre integration tests for the GO!-receiver and the test platform will be carried out to ensure successful final demonstration in RLCW in 2018. The GO!-project consortium and the RCLW are looking forward to the working together and presenting the final demonstration.