Transportation Solutions

Existing research projects financed:

  • SAFER (Active Safety in Railway Systems, Sicurezza Attiva nei sistemi FERroviari): the project is financed by the Ministry for University and Research (MUR), with the objective to study and test advanced sensors, telecommunication systems and a control centre in order to effectively respond to threats to railway asset safety due to voluntary actions (security). It has entered the field testing phase and should terminate in the first part of 2012;
  • SITRAM: the project is financed by the Ministry for the Economic Development (MISE) using the 2015 industry bid. Its objective is to study and test advanced technological solutions for energy captation without catenaries (TRAMWAVE), the increase in efficiency of the energy cycle, and security. Within this context a modular tramwave solution has been developed and industrialized; it was also used to equip a 600-meter long section of the Naples-Poggioreale line, where the testing and certification phase is currently under way.
    An 18-month extension was asked for and granted because of the delayed issue of the final decree; accordingly, the project should terminate in June 2013;
  • PIEZORAIL: the project is financed by the Ministry of the Environment with the objective of designing and testing innovative solutions for the production of electric energy with the passage of trains, by putting piezoelectric pads under tramway or metro tracks. The general specifications of the system, propaedeutic to the selection of components, are being completed.

Self-financed research projects:
The activities for the Monitoring project were completed; the project relates to the monitoring of stray currents and of the power absorbed by the switches as a precautionary diagnostic measure.
The activities for the ODSS project were also completed; it relates to a system supporting the decision-making process for metro transport.

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