X2Rail-4 SWOC: Smart Wayside Object Controller

SWOC THALES DEMONSTRATOR WADILP (WIRELESS, ADVANCED DIAGNOSIS, INTELLIGENCE DISTRIBUTION AND LOW POWER CONSUMPTION) IS DEFINED AS A HIGHLY EFFICIENT CONTROLLER OF POINT MACHINES.

Shift2Rail is the first European rail initiative to seek focused research and innovation and market-driven solutions by accelerating the integration of new and advanced technologies into innovative rail product solutions.

This article is focusing in Thales Demonstrator developed and tested by Thales Spain in the scope of X2Rail-4 project for the Technical Demonstrator TD2.10 Smart Radio- Connected all-in-all way side objects, also known as Smart Wayside Object Controller (SWOC). This project has received funding from the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 881806. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and the Shift2Rail JU members other than the Union.

SWOC Thales demonstrator WADILP (Wireless, Advanced Diagnosis, Intelligence distribution and Low Power consumption) is defined as a highly efficient controller of point machines with:

  • Wireless communication for connection with the control entity and diagnosis and maintenance system
  • Advanced diagnostic and maintenance features of SWOC and point machine
  • Specifically addressing the issue of optimized distribution of intelligence

Very low power consumption of SWOC The test environment, a laboratory prototype to reach TRL4, is composed of: SWOC, Wayside Object (point + engine), Interlocking (IXL), Software Design Wireless Access Network and Diagnosis and Maintenance Management System (D&MMS).

In this environment, the following tests have been defined and executed:

  • Interlocking Control Management: wireless communication between SWOC and IXL, SCI Rasta protocol Eulynx baseline 2, with 4G and 3G in public network.
  • Advance Diagnosis: wireless communication, SDI Eulynx baseline 2, between SWOC and D&MM System using SNMP v2c.
  • Advance Maintenance: SW data downloading, between SWOC and D&MMS, FTP based protocol.

 

As conclusion all tests have been successfully passed. In a next step, the demonstrator tests will be executed in operationally representative environment to reach TRL 6.