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Automated Rail Cargo Consortium: Rail freight automation research activities to boost levels of quality, efficiency and cost effectiveness in all areas of rail freight operations

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EC-Contrib. €






Project "ARCC" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Potsdamer Platz 2
city: BERLIN
postcode: 10785

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙599˙999 €
 EC max contribution 1˙599˙999 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU. (Innovation Programme 5: Technologies for sustainable and attractive European rail freight)
 Code Call H2020-S2RJU-CFM-2015-01-1
 Funding Scheme Shift2Rail-RIA
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-09-01   to  2020-10-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    DEUTSCHE BAHN AG DE (BERLIN) coordinator 764˙602.00
3    TRAFIKVERKET - TRV SE (BORLANGE) participant 275˙528.00
4    HITACHI RAIL STS SPA IT (GENOVA) participant 111˙100.00
5    SLOVENSKE ZELEZNICE DOO SI (Ljubljana) participant 4˙443.00


 Project objective

The overall aim of this specific Automated Rail Cargo Consortium (ARCC) proposal is to carry out an initial phase of rail freight automation research activities in order to boost levels of quality, efficiency and cost effectiveness in rail freight operations of the European railway sector.

The three areas of research activities are: Transporting and delivering freight via automated trains, developing automated support processes at the nodes (e.g. terminals, yards and transhipment points) and advanced timetable planning. If automation and digitalisation processes are exploited in an appropriate way, rail freight transport can generate significant positive impacts for rail freight transport. For example, increased efficiency on the main railway lines and nodes, reducing lead time and energy costs. Additionally, improved services and customer quality so that the operational timetable is met reliably. Furthermore, optimised business processes and management of complex situations, such as a 15% reduction in time when rail assets sit idle within nodes.

The Consortium is made up of Joint-Undertaking (JU) members of Shift2rail who are the main drivers in developing and transferring automation technologies and processes to the railway freight sector.

The project will start with a Grade of Automation, level 2 (GoA2 level) demonstration and end with a GoA3/4 level crossborder demonstration. The start-up activities in this first batch of Shift2Rail projects will be followed up, in subsequent development phases to achieve higher levels of technical readiness, beyond the 36 month project period.


List of deliverables.
Socio-economic impact analysis, legal analysis, and freight-specific operational requirement specification ATO over ETCS Documents, reports 2020-02-21 17:15:57
Dissemination and communication strategy / Project website and dissemination material Documents, reports 2020-02-21 17:15:57
Description of automation/optimisation requirements and capabilities of decision-making processes in marshalling yards and terminals Documents, reports 2020-02-21 17:15:57
Description of business processes of a network management system and the interactions/ interfaces with a Real-time Yard Management System Documents, reports 2020-02-21 17:15:57
Analysis of automated brake test for freight trains Documents, reports 2020-02-21 17:15:57

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