Railway Gazette has issued on 21rst of October a publication on the fact that Multitel had tested Hitachi's ETCS level 1 and 2.

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Hitachi selects Multitel for ISO 17025 accredited Subset-076 testing of its onboard unit (EVC)

Hitachi Onboard ETCS (European Train Control System) solution has successfully concluded its Subset-076 v2.3.3 Onboard Unit test (EVC) at Multitel ASBL for a generic product, passing all ETCS Level 1 and Level 2 functional tests.

For that project and its future ERTMS projects, Hitachi has selected the Multitel ASBL to test its ERTMS solutions.

Hiroaki Koiwa, Project Manager Signalling & Control at Hitachi Rail Europe: “ERTMS onsite testing is a very detailed and time-consuming process with a large number of processes to be validated. Multitel, the first ISO 17025 accredited laboratory for Susbset-076, has allowed us to test Subset-076 within 2 months. They were not only the first to receive the accreditation but also the fastest laboratory, providing the most detailed report available in the market.”
Alexandre Girardi, Multitel ASBL Head of the Railway Certification Department: “We are very happy to support Hitachi for its ERTMS functional testing activities, and to bring our contribution to the proof of full compliance of Hitachi’s solution to the ERTMS standard.”

Hitachi Rail Europe
Multitel ASBL


The Commission adopts proposals for a Fourth Railway Package

The Commission adopts proposals for a Fourth Railway Package

The European Commission today announced a comprehensive package of measures to deliver better quality and more choice in railway services in Europe.

read more:

European Railways at a junction: the Commission adopts proposals for a Fourth Railway Package (Link to European Commission website)

source: European Railway Agency


European Rail: Challenges Ahead

The Fourth Rail Package

The European Commission has today adopted the 4th Railway Package made up of six legislative proposals focusing on four key areas (see IP/13/65).

  1. EU wide approvals: To save time and money for companies, trains and rolling stock should be built and certified once to run everywhere in Europe. There should be one safety certificate for companies so they can operate EU wide.
  2. A structure that works. To ensure the rail network is run in an efficient and non-discriminatory manner, the Commission is proposing to strengthen infrastructure managers and ensuring that the two functions of managing the tracks and running the trains should be kept apart.
  3. More access to the railway. To encourage innovation and efficiency, the Commission is proposing to open up domestic passenger railways to new entrants and services efficience
  4. A skilled workforce: A vibrant rail sector depends on a skilled and motivated workforce. The rail package ensures that Member States can go further to protect staff when public service contracts are transferred.

More info : http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-45_en.htm


Multitel at Signalling and Train Control 2012

Multitel has joined the Signalling and Train Control 2012 in Zurich from March 7th - 9th 2012. There Multitel has demonstrated its Eurobalise and BTM tools as well it EVC logs analysis tools “Semi-Automatic Test Analysis and Validation” (SA-TAV). These tools were developed to perform efficiently the tests of Subset-085 and Subset-076 following the test architecture defined in Subset-094. Multitel was the first laboratory to be Accredited ISO 17025 for EVC tests (Subset-076) (Accreditation number 427-TEST) from BELAC since February 22nd 2011.

ERTMS Multitel - Signalling and Train Control 2012

EURBALISE/BTM Lab

The Eurobalise tools allows any company with knowledge on Eurobalise and BTM tools to verify on site Eurobalise and BTM minimal performances with a compact, while accurate, set of tools. In the stand, full ERTMS telegrams were generated (both nominal and malformed signals were demonstrated). The analysis tools were used to decode the telegrams and define its key parameters, including central frequency, jitter, MTIE 1 and 2 measurements among others. Experts present in the event were impressed by the flexibility of the tool and they left the stand with some sample reports of some of the demonstration tests done for them.

Multitel - ERTMS BTM laboratory

EVC(OnboardUnit)Lab:

The Semi-Automatic Test Analysis and Validation (SA-TAV) tool was demonstrated, in particular the automation of the test analysis. This new feature is provided to speed up the analysis in support to the ERTMS expert that can therefore concentrate on the most critical validation events. In the roadmap of SA-TAV is the new reporting which will include the link of the test performed with the current SRS definition (Subset-026), pointing at a higher level the compliance or not with the SRS specification.

ERTMS Multitel - SA-TAV-Defining-Log-Filters-with-SA-TAV

Figure 1: SA-TAV Defining Log Filters with SA-TAV

ERTMS Multitel - Defining-Observables-with-SA-TAV-(Validation-Rules)

Figure 2: SA-TAV Defining Observables with SA-TAV (Validation Rules)

Multitel has also coordinated the Workshop “Ensuring Extensive Testing of ERTMS to Reduce Costs and Accelerate the Certification Process” where issues like cost reduction, interoperability, optimization of the benefits of ERTMS systems, extensive and standard testing and certification were discussed. As a result of the workshop it became clear that laboratories from both suppliers and independent laboratories will be necessary and complementary. This workshop has looked at testing and certification processes and provided insight in the accredited laboratory solutions to ensure TSI requirements are met.

For any demand on ERTMS tests, regarding laboratory test, support for field tests or maintenance solutions, do not hesitate to contact us at: ertms@multitel.be.

If you lost this event, you will have the chance to meet us in

ertms exposition highspeed rail philadelphia
10 - 13 July 2012 Philadelphia

ertms exposition innotrans berlin
18 - 21 September 2012 Berlin

ertms exposition modern railways beijing
27 - 30 November 2012 Beijing


Signalling and train control : 7 - 9 March 2012 Zürich

Multitel, as an ERTMS reference laboratory, will be present during the Signalling and train control conference in Zürich.

Multitel, Independent Innovation Centre, is specialized in technologies dedicated to the transport area. Multitel is equipped with an ERTMS Laboratory and offers its expertise in the railway signalling and controlling to notification bodies, equipment manufacturers and rail operators for the homologation, validation and verification of ERTMS implementations.

The Multitel ERTMS Laboratory is capable of testing ERTMS systems against the latest TSI requirements, in accordance with a number of EC directives on interoperability of the trans-European rail system (directives 2001/16/CE, 2006/679/CE, 2007/153/CE…), more precisely against SRS 2.2.2 and SRS 2.3.0D (for which Multitel has actively participated to its definition in the scope of the TEN 2006 project).

The Multitel ERTMS laboratory is capable of testing in complex environments, with multiple trains and its interactions with multiple onboard equipment (European Vital Computer – EVC), Radio Block Centres (RBC) or Interlock equipment (IXL), with our simulators or against real equipment (interfaces might need to be implemented in a case-by-case basis). These tests can be used to plan train traffic, test train/track interoperability issues among different manufacturers and to optimize resource consumption. Moreover Multitel has developed a DMI (Driver Machine Interface) event recognizer that speeds up the validation of the put into service of ERTMS systems.

more information about the conference : http://www.signalling-traincontrol.com/

Signalling and train control


European railways: Commission promotes interoperability and competitiveness

European Commission – Press release

European railways: Commission promotes interoperability and competitiveness

Brussels, 25 January 2012 – Today, the European Commission adopted a decision strengthening the certification and authorisation process of lines and trains equipped with the European Train Control System (ETCS). ETCS is the European standard for train signalling and speed control. Deployment of ETCS across key freight and high speed corridors will greatly improve the competitiveness of European railways.

The ETCS concept is simple: information is transmitted from the ground to the train, where an on-board computer uses it to calculate the maximum authorised speed and then automatically slows down the train if necessary. ETCS is part of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS).

Currently, there are more than 20 different signalling systems in operation in Europe and their incompatibility is a major technical barrier to international traffic. For example, adding an additional national safety system in an existing locomotive, already authorised in different countries, and obtaining again all safety authorisations may cost more than €2 million and take more than two years. ETCS will eliminate these costs.

However, ETCS will only bear its fruits if products are fully compatible and conform to the European specifications. The decision adopted today strengthens the requirements regarding testing, in particular that on-board products are tested in accredited laboratories.

Technical background

The concept of European Train Control System (ETCS) is not new: there are over 20 national systems for automatically controlling the speed of trains. Unfortunately, these national systems are incompatible with one another. To be able to circulate on networks equipped with different systems, either the engines must be changed at the borders (which means a considerable amount of time is lost) or the engines must be equipped with different on-board systems compatible with the different track systems used by the different networks (which increases costs and the risks of breakdown). Either way, this creates a rift in the single market and an obstacle to free movement.

This has an especially adverse impact on goods transport. Although rail transport should be more competitive over long distances, each border adds significant extra costs and delays, translating into market losses and saturation of the road network.

The European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) could significantly increase the competitiveness of rail transport. This is particularly true for freight when the system is deployed in a coordinated manner along a corridor and is accompanied by relevant measures, such as harmonisation of the operating rules or enhancement of the infrastructure if necessary. On the Rotterdam-Genova corridor, for example, the volume of goods transported could be doubled by 2020, which would be the equivalent of one more heavy goods vehicle passing along this route every 37 seconds.

The ERTMS is a major industrial success for Europe. Its performance and its cost mean that it has rapidly gained acceptance even beyond Europe and it is currently the global reference standard, used on all new lines.

Today, in Europe, more than 4000 km of lines are equipped with ETCS. Moreover, the equipment of more than 4000 additional kilometres has already been contracted, thus indicating that the length of ETCS equipped lines will more than double over the next two or three years and the equipment rate is expected to further increase over the coming years.

Contacts :

Helen Kearns (+32 2 298 76 38)
Dale Kidd (+32 2 295 74 61)

Source – http://europa.eu/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/12/40…


Future Events in which Multitel participate

We will attend

ertms exposition signalling and train control zurich
7 - 9 March 2012 Zürich


ertms exposition ferroviaria torino
27 - 29 March 2012 Torino


ertms exposition world conference stockholm
24 - 26 April 2012 Stockholm


ertms exposition highspeed rail philadelphia
10 - 13 July 2012 Philadelphia


ertms exposition innotrans berlin
18 - 21 September 2012 Berlin


Return of experience on certification of the CCS subsystem from the independent laboratories

MULTITEL was present at the ERA ETCS Conference on Testing and Certification 2011 on 29th of March in Lille.

More information can be found here


Multitel has obtained ISO 17025 acreditation for EVC tests

Multitel has obtained ISO 17025 accreditation for EVC tests, for Subset-076-5-2 v2.3.1, Subset-076-6-3 v2.3.1, Subset-7 v1.0.2 and Subset-094 v2.0.2 from BELAC. Accreditation BELAC number 427-TEST granted on 22nd February 2011.

This accreditation is greatly due to the SA-TAV (Semi Automatic – Trip Analysis and Validation) tool developed by Multitel for the analysis of the Subset-076 results.

SA-TAV can also be used for the validation of track lines, either with the use of an EVC simulator or with commercial onboard units connected to the track simulator of Multitel. This is very useful to anticipate problems during the validation of track signalling implementation, operational rules deployment and conformity with the SRS, therefore reducing the cost of the expensive line tests.


ETCS Test Laboratories are in INNOTRANS

The ETCS Test Laboratories welcome you on their booth ! (Hall 2.2b, Stand 101)

The European Train Control System (ETCS) is being introduced on the first tracks through Europe at present – for a harmonized and borderless railway transport. To ensure interoperability of each new component, the conformity concerning the specification needs to be proofed. This can be realised by testing in an independent test laboratory. Three laboratories in Europe are specialized for testing ETCS components and subsystems in simulations – comprehensive, thorough and cost efficient. Working closely together, the ETCS Test Laboratories present their common and specific work together at the InnoTrans 2010.

If you need more information concerning Multitel ERTMS activities, please feel free to contact us

More information can be found concerning the ETCS Test Laboratories here


TEN-T Success - Assure ERTMS interoperability

If you are preparing a TEN-T proposal, the following information is important for you…
The ERTMS call implies the following relevant topics concerning reference laboratories.

More information : TEN-T Success – Assure ERTMS interoperability


UIC World ERTMS Conference – Málaga – From 31st March to 2nd April 2009

Multitel, as an ERTMS reference laboratory, was present during the 2009 UIC World ERTMS Conference in Málaga. UIC’s purpose in organizing such events is to ensure the momentum of ERTMS towards its objective. By assembling the most knowledgeable professionals in the business to speak on the various topics, the UIC ERTMS Conferences provide the unique platform to take stock of progress and to publicly present an agenda for the future.

Multitel, Independent Innovation Centre, is specialized in technologies dedicated to the transport area. Multitel is equipped with an ERTMS Laboratory and offers its expertise in the railway signalling and controlling to notification bodies, equipment manufacturers and rail operators for the homologation, validation and verification of ERTMS implementations.

The Multitel ERTMS Laboratory is capable of testing ERTMS systems against the latest TSI requirements, in accordance with a number of EC directives on interoperability of the trans-European rail system (directives 2001/16/CE, 2006/679/CE, 2007/153/CE…), more precisely against SRS 2.2.2 and SRS 2.3.0D (for which Multitel has actively participated to its definition in the scope of the TEN 2006 project).

The Multitel ERTMS laboratory is capable of testing in complex environments, with multiple trains and its interactions with multiple onboard equipment (European Vital Computer – EVC), Radio Block Centres (RBC) or Interlock equipment (IXL), with our simulators or against real equipment (interfaces might need to be implemented in a case-by-case basis). These tests can be used to plan train traffic, test train/track interoperability issues among different manufacturers and to optimize resource consumption. Moreover Multitel has developed a DMI (Driver Machine Interface) event recognizer that speeds up the validation of the put into service of ERTMS systems.

More information about the conference itself : http://www.ertms-conference.com/