Rail traffic control: the digitalisation of rail traffic.

Thanks to digitalisation, the capacity of the Swiss track network – already the most heavily used rail network in the world – can be increased by up to 30 percent. To this end, SBB is furthering the automation of timetable creation, rail operations and train control.

Centralisation of rail traffic monitoring and control has not only significantly increased capacity but also improved punctuality and safety while simultaneously cutting costs. It makes it possible to align processes, work tools and systems like RCS right across the country. The railway technology of the future enables the railway sys­tem to be used in a more efficient way.

SBB has been using the Rail Control System (RCS) to control its rail traffic since 2009. Infrastructure operators BLS and SOB have also been using the system developed by SBB since 2014. Infrabel (B) is the first non-Swiss infrastructure operator to opt for RCS. Infrabel successfully completed implementation in mid-November 2016, and the company now uses RCS to manage the 5,000 trains a day that operate across Belgium’s rail network. RCS allows busy hubs such as Brussels to be navigated more efficiently. The German DB network plans to use it from 2020. We are providing both railway companies with support in introducing and developing the system.

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