Innovation and Networks Executive Agency

ERTMS testing software development to receive EU support

Creation date: April 10, 2012

A project to develop a European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) testing software will be supported by the European Union to the tune of over €1 million. The project will improve the testing and validation of ERTMS, speeding up its implementation on the ground and thus making rail transport safer and more competitive.


The project, which was selected for funding under the 2011 TEN-T Multi-Annual Call, will develop a Simulation Environment for Fast ERTMS Validation (SEFEV), a supplier-independent and community-owned ERTMS validation platform for various ERTMS-related tests. The SEFEV platform will guarantee a transparent test environment for the development of a single test procedure to validate ERTMS equipped onboard units and ERTMS equipped lines.


ERTMS is a major European industrial initiative to make rail transport safer and more competitive. Its goal is to substitute more than 20 different train control-command systems which are currently in use in Europe with a single harmonised system.


The project will be managed by the Trans-European Transport Network Executive Agency and is set to be completed by the end of 2014.


For more information, please consult the project's page!



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