Next generation system for railways

Ardanuy Ingeniería has participated in the “Mistral” project, which is part of the Shif2Rail program. The objective has been the elaboration of the Technical Specification of the future communication system for all railways, as well as its business viability.

The numer of passengers using railways is constantly growing so more capacity is needed. Railways need to provide new and competitive services to their passengers. Railways nedd to maintain and improve quality of service of their radio communication networks.

For that reason, the euroean project  “MISTRAL” has been carried out during two years. Ardanuy Ingenieria has been part of the consortium in charge of this innovative project, which also has included the Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (Italy), SIRTI S.p.A. (Italy) and Technische Universitaet Dresden (Germany).

The objetive has been the elaboration of the Technical Specification of the future communication system for all railways in light of the migration from the current obsolete GSM-R. The new radio system will leverage the broadband capacity of IP-based wireless communication to enhance signaling but also to make possible innovative services for both users and train automation/ control.

To achieve the objective, MISTRAL has generated a Techno-Economic proposition, which rely on an optimized life-cycle cost and on a sound portfolio of innovative services. The Validated Techno-Economic proposition is the the main publicly available output of MISTRAL.

Its design and validation has been supported by an External Stakeholder Committee, involving selected key players in the Railway domain.

This project received funding from the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 730840.

In terms of far-reaching impact, MISTRAL will lay the foundations for the next-generation train-to-wayside communication systems, paving the way for a more competitive, attractive and sustainable European railway ecosystem.