Railway High Integrity Navigation Overlay System

The RHINOS work programme includes the investigation of candidate concepts for the provision of the high integrity needed to protect the detected position of the train, as required by the train control system application. The EGNSS (GPS and GALILEO) plus the SBAS constitute the reference infrastructure that is available worldwide. In addition to that, local augmentation elements, ARAIM techniques and other sensors on the train are the add-on specific assets for mitigating the hazards due to the environmental effects which dominates the rail application.
RHINOS will be developed through an international cooperation with the Stanford University researchers that have been involved in the aviation application since the birth of the GPS. They have indisputable knowledge of the GNSS performance and high-integrity applications. The ambition is a positive step beyond the proliferation of GNSS platforms, mainly tailored for regional applications, in favour of a global solution. RHINOS would release the potential benefits of the EGNSS in the fast growing train signalling market

RHINOS project at the ARAIM WG – C

Category: News Created: Thursday, 20 April 2017

High Integrity GNSS: from aviation a contribution towards a standard for railways applications

Toulouse (France) 5 April 2017

The  RHINOS project has been invited at the Working-Group C - Service Evolution Subgroup meeting in Toulouse on April 5th. Daniel Lopour from GSA introduced the rail projects and Anja Grosch, from DLR -partner of the project,  presented the latest RHINOS’s achievements on behalf of the project team lead by Radiolabs and with the contribution of  Ilaria Martini, Omar Garcia Crespillo, Per K. Enge, Alessandro Neri, Aleš Filip, Sam Pullen and Simon Roberts. RHINOS represents the first international platform involving EU/US stakeholders in collaboration on a standard GNSS architecture for the adoption of the “Virtual Balise” functionality on the  ERTMS  application. The ARAIM WG have expressed a huge interest in the GNSS High Integrity topic for rail and agreed on future updates from the project side.  The main topics are the multipath modelling on railways environment and the adaptation of ARAIM algorithms, developed for the aviation application,  to fulfill strict ERTMS requirements

RHINOS - 2nd Workshop at GSA

Category: News Created: Thursday, 30 March 2017

The second Workshop of the European project RHINOS is going to be held at GSA Agency HQ in Prague, on 23rd and 24th of March. The project is supported by European Commission under the HORIZON2020 program. The main objective of RHINOS workshop was to demonstrate fulfillment of high safety integrity and reliability standards used to detect virtual balise within ERTMS/ETCS based on EGNSS (EGNOS and Galileo) technologies. Workshop started by opening speech made by executive director of GSA agency, Carlo des Dorides. Further opening speeches were presented by the representative of the Czech Ministry of Transport, director of the department Vaclav Kobera and on behalf of the University of Pardubice, dean of the faculty Zdenek Nemec. During workshop, various of international experts were presenting theirs contributions/presentations such as Prof. Alessandro Neri (Italy - RadioLabs), Prof. Terry Moore (UK – University of Nottingham), Prof. Efim Rozenberg (Russian Federation – RZD NIIAS) and among other speakers that were representing partner organizations of RHINOS project were: F. Rispoli e S. Sabina (ASTS); A. Grosch (DLR), S. Roberts (University of Nottingham); A. Filip (University of Pardubice). Prof. Per Enge (USA – Stanford University) and Dr. R. Capua (SOGEI) were having their presentations via TELCO from the US and Canada. The content of the RHINOS workshop was enriched by representatives of various European railway institutions: such as P. Petruccioli representing UIC, M. Ruesen representing ERTMS User Group, P. Gurnik representing UNIFE. The whole workshop was co-organized by GNSS Centre of Excellence (GCE) and its director, Pavel Dobes, was chairman of the workshop.

First RHINOS Workshop at University of Stanford marked bold commitment on high integrity GNSS for ERTMS

Category: News Created: Friday, 02 December 2016

Stanford University, California,  29th  November - 1st December 2016 

RHINOS partners - a blue-print project awarded to Radiolabs by GSA  -  have met at Stanford University who has organized the first Workshop to discuss the results with international stake-holders. At the opening speeches Mr. Josef Doppelbauer, executive director of European Union Agency for Railways, and Mr. Carlo Des Dorides, executive director of GSA, have underlined the significant step on having recently included GNSS as one of the game-changer for improving  ERTMS competitivity. ( European Union Agency for Railways Executive Director, Josef Doppelbauer). At the conclusion of the 3-days  workshop which has involved also representatives from the US Federal Railways Agency (FRA), Ministry of Transport and representatives from CRCC and CRSC Chinese industries,  the RHINOS partners under the guidance of prof. Per Enge from University of Stanford have agreed a roadmap towards an Integrity model complying with the stringent requirements of the ERTMS system. This unprecedented commitment, backed by a team of international experts,  opens the way for contributing to the standardization of ERTMS to use  existing and future world-wide GNSS infrastructures and replacing seamlessly ERTMS track-side balises with virtual balises based on precise and safe train positioning.  


This project has received funding from the European GNSS Agency under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No.687399