Interlocking Design Automation (IDeA)
The challenges of modern rail control and how to overcome them
World-wide demand for rail transport capacity and interoperability is increasing, in particular in densely-populated areas. This demand is met by introducing more advanced rail control and signaling systems on existing infrastructure, such as CBTC for urban metros and ERTMS for European railways. These systems are in some aspects more advanced than existing rail control systems, and they are time consuming and expensive to procure, develop and commission.
This white paper outlines what the challenges and their root causes are in procurement and delivery of modern rail control, and suggests best practice methods for how to overcome these challenges using Interlocking Design Automation (IDeA).