European Train Location project launches satellite in Romania

In Romania, SATLOC, whose aim is to create a satellite-based train control system, is launched as a European project. The satellite has been installed in the 27 km section of the Trans Zarnest-Brasov branch operating by RCCF.

Although the satellite positioning is used in the aviation and maritime sectors, the International Railways Union says this project is not suitable for the railway. Because, according to the International Railways Union, positioning functions and operational guarantees do not have the necessary safety standards.

The SATLOC project is coordinated by the UIC and is run by 11 organizations including train and infrastructure operators, suppliers and academic partners from six countries.

The project was officially launched on January, 17-18 and 7 for Research & Development. It is funded by the European Commission and the European Global Navigation Satellite System Agency as part of the EU Framework Program.

Source: Railway gazette

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