In Romania, SATLOC, whose aim is to create a satellite-based train control system, started broadcasting as a European project. The satellite was put into use on the Trans Zarnesti-Brasov branch line operated by RCCF, in a 27 km section.
Although satellite positioning is used in the aviation and maritime industries, the International Railways Association says this project is not suitable for rail. Because, according to the International Railways Association, positioning functions and operating guarantees do not have the necessary safety standards.
The SATLOC project is coordinated by the UIC and is run by 11 organizations including train and infrastructure operators, suppliers and academic partners from six countries.
The project was officially launched on 17-18 January and is funded by the European Commission and the European Global Navigation Satellite System Agency under the 7th EU Framework Program for Research & Development.
Source: Railway gazette