Alternative Bearers for Rail - COLA Meeting 7th May 2021

Alternative Bearers for Rail - COLA Meeting 7th June 2021

The third important meeting between the X2Rail project consortium and the AB4Rail project partners was held on June 7, 2021. AB4Rail partners presented the latest advances on the procedure to assess the Alternative Bearers (ABs) in the rail sector to support train operations.

AB technologies related to Adaptable Communication System (ACS) will be evaluated in each rail scenario (such as station, metro, regional and main line) and for each ACS traffic class (such as critical data, critical video, critical voice and non-critical data).

The AB eligibility will consider the evaluation of both (i) the aggregate radio capacity (peak and average) and (ii) the latency, for each ACS traffic class. Furthermore, other specific criteria will be considered such as the impact on the existing infrastructure, the technology maturity, and coexistence issues.

Lars Bruehl (SMO) highlighted the need of investigating economic impacts of ABs. Also, Kerstin Keil (DB) suggested to consider 5G as a technology to compare with selected ABs, when applicable.

The next meeting will be on July 5, 2021!

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“Future Railway Communication Systems: the FRMCS and the ACS two contrasting approaches” presented in Future Network Security: Challenges & Opportunities Workshop!

The Scientific board of AB4Rail joined the International workshop “Future Network Security: Challenges & Opportunities Workshop”, held virtually on 22th – 24th March 2021. They introduced the importance of the telecommunication systems in terms of performance and connection stability for rail applications, the two most promising approaches Future Railway Mobile Communication System (FRMCS) together with the Adaptable Communication System (ACS) and their design philosophies. The objective of this workshop, successfully achieved was to bring together experts from the globe and create a joint platform for information exchanges, presentation of results, and fruitful discussions to identify gaps and future directions for the IEEE FNI Security Working Group.

AB4Rail kick-off meeting

First meeting and dissemination event to launch the AB4RAIL core challenges

Radiolabs as project coordinator and the Open University Guglielmo Marconi organised the first meeting and dissemination event to introduce the AB4Rail project to the railway audience on February 4th.

AB4Rail logoThe project has been funded within the framework of the Horizon and the Shift2Rail European Programs. In the two project years will be mainly aimed at identifying alternative wireless technologies (or alternative bearers) for communications in the railway sector, at studying and assessing the communication protocols for railway applications and finally at disseminating the project results among stakeholders, industrial partners, and within programs of the railway world such as Shif2Rail and X2Rail-5.

Representatives from the European Union Agency for Railways, the Shift2Rail and X2Rail-5 initiatives have enriched the debate pointing out the most important needs and trends of the Rail sector.

For further information, please visit the project website

UNITEL international meeting online

In the framework of the UNITEL “Modernisation and internationalisation of Iranian HEIs via collaborative TEL-based curriculum development in engineering and STEM” project, funded by Erasmus+ Programme, Guglielmo Marconi University organised the kick off meeting on the 1st and 2nd February 2021. The meeting was supposed to be hosted in Rome, however due to COVID-19 restrictions was re-scheduled online.  

The main idea underlying the project implementation is to improve technology enhanced learning methodologies within the involved HEIs in Iran and at the same time to boost current trends in pedagogy in order to enhance self-directed and collaborative learning. The project will be carried out by a consortium of 12 partners: four EU partners (3 universities and 1 company) and eight Iranian partners (7 universities and 1 company) and the coordinator is Guglielmo Marconi University. During the kick off meeting the partners had the chance to present themselves and to discuss the details of the project management and implementation. For further information, please send an email to