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Development of Advanced Traffic Management and Decision Support Functionality for Rail Networks

The Danish rail infrastructure manager BDK is carrying out a full replacement of all signalling equipment, control and Business IT systems. Two contracts involving control systems have been awarded, one to Thales for Centralised Traffic Control (CTC) West and Passenger Information and one to Alstom for CTC East, Advanced Traffic Management and Decision Support and Planning functions. Emch+Berger AG Bern played the leading role in the RAEP consortium supporting BDK in ensuring this portion of the East (Alstom) contract satisfies the expectations of BDK. The specific challenges included:

  • Visioning, Blueprinting and Specifying a completely new approach to Traffic Management and Decision Support for a large Network with mixed traffic
  • Aligning the existing Product Base of the Supplier and Instructing the Processes
  • Developing Real Time Database Systems that cover Rolling Stock, State of the Railway, Topology
  • Integration of Disruption Management including Maintenance Contract Requirements into the Design
  • The support of the Customer in preparing the business changes to make best use of the emerging Technology

Banedanmark (DK, Copenhagen)

Fields of activity
Infrastructure;Rail infrastructure;Mobility and traffic;Rail systems / traffic management systems (TMS)
Delivered services

Tender Specification

Tender Evaluation

Lead in Requirements Clarification

Lead in Process Design by means of a Process Lab

Review of System and Subsystem Requirements (approx. 3000 requirements)

Support of the Customer in Cases of Differences with the Suppliers

Elaboration of Business Change Documentation for the Customer

Alignment between Research and Supplier

Alignment between Banedanmark and DSB, the principal Operator of danish long distance passenger services

Elaboration of Detailed Use Cases


Network length: 2500 km

Marker boards: 9000

Maximum speed: Up to 300 km/h (current practice is 200 km/h)

Introduction of ETCS level 2: 2016 - 2021

Number of Control Rooms: 2

Number of Trains: approx. 2000 per day

Number of Train Operating Companies: 30

Number of external Interfaces: approx. 50

Interfacing Networks: 7