Project details

Project reference: 730640

Call reference: S2R-CFM-IP2-01-2015

Period: from 01/09/2016 to 31/08/2019

Project value: € 45.003.870,33

S2R (H2020) co-funding: € 19 972 078,32

Coordinator: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft

Project website: https://shift2rail.org/projects/x2rail-1/

Complementary project to: X2Rail-2 X2Rail-1

IP Coordinator: IP2 - Claudio Monti – Ansaldo (claudio.monti@ansaldo-sts.com)


The X2Rail-1 project aims to research and develop six selected key technologies to foster innovations in the field of railway signalling and automation systems towards a flexible, real-time, intelligent traffic management and decision support system.

The actions to be undertaken in the scope of X2Rail-1 are related to the following specific objectives:

  • To overcome the limitations of the existing communication system by adapting radio communication systems which establish the backbone for the next generation advanced rail automation systems.
  • To improve the usable track capacity by introducing more Automatic Train Operation (ATO) systems and Moving Block systems.
  • To innovate the signalling architecture towards a more decentralized and less cost intensive system by incorporating Moving Block systems and Smart Wayside Objects.
  • To minimize energy consumption and to improve train punctuality through more extensive use of Automatic Train Operation (ATO) systems.
  • To increase innovation in the field of lab testing by developing architectures for new lab test systems and simulations for control, command and communication systems in order to reduce costs.
  • To ensure security among all connected signalling and control systems by developing new cyber security systems dedicated to railways.

The results of X2Rail-1 will contribute to additional research and development work streams of future projects and will also be expanded into further fields such as Traffic Management. The future projects will also allow concepts developed in the phase of this X2Rail-1 project to be further implemented to higher technical readiness level (TRL).