Signalling at UIC

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  • Script: 1- Without signalling, trains cannot circulate safely. Signalling is an essential cornerstone of the railway system. 2- What areas is UIC - the International Union of Railways - working on with its members to improve current signalling systems and to prepare for the systems of the future? 3- UIC is working on five landmark projects in this area. 5- While GSM-R railway communication systems are still being deployed and are installed on over 100,000 km of railway line, UIC is already working to shape a new track-train communication system that takes full advantage of technological developments. 6- It's the Future Railway Mobile Communication System. 7- Together with its partners, UIC is currently defining the system's applications, specifications and architecture with a view to go-live in 2022. 9- Can a unified European ERTMS system serve as a basis for signalling harmonisation globally? UIC is working on it. 10- International freight corridors could be the first to benefit from harmonisation, which will simplify operations and reduce transport times. 11- Plans are also underway to automate certain functions of the ERTMS to optimise route management. 12- UIC is developing the specifications for these new systems, but humans will always have the final say. 14- Signalling will have to be upgraded on low-traffic lines at some point to ensure their survival. Innovative, low-cost, ERTMS-compatible systems have been tested in many countries. 15- The SATLOC PLUS project is a culmination of these experiments, in which rail or satellite is used to communicate. The specifications are being drawn up by UIC. 17- A good signalling system is one that is stable and sustainable. These days, however, system components are electronic and have a reduced lifespan. How long will they last? How do we reconcile obsolescence with system security? 18- To help manage these problems, UIC has developed a guide on implementation of ISO standard 55000 on asset management for railways, including signalling assets. 20- In an open, connected world, all digital signalling systems are potentially vulnerable to cyberattack. Though it's not possible to fully protect everything, UIC has developed recommendations to help its members secure what matters most. 21- These recommendations are outlined in the Guidelines for cybersecurity in the railways published by UIC. 22- These five projects demonstrate that signalling is being modernised constantly. Together with its members, UIC is working continuously to improve, harmonise, protect and future-proof it. This in turn will help to improve railway interoperability, safety and competitiveness. END OF VIDEO