Space Based Services for Railway Signalling

  • EMITS referenceAO8038
  • ActivityFeasibility Study
  • Closing date17 November 2014

The objective of the Feasibility Study is to determine the technical feasibility and economic viability of an integrated satellite navigation and satellite communication solution complementing the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS).

Space Based Services for Railway Signalling (SBS-RailS) has the scope to analyse a solution based on GNSS and available augmentation systems in combination with satellite communications and other terrestrial means to be used in ERTMS solutions. The integrated application will take into account the needs of the users and will focus on the overall world market with a special attention to the European scenarios.

Nowadays, the adoption of ERTMS is limited by the high investment cost for the required infrastructure (train on-board equipment,  infrastructure along the tracks, GSM-R as communication solution, etc.) and by the subsequent maintenance costs. Therefore, ERTMS is typically implemented for high speed lines (HSL), where the high level of utilisation justifies such high investments; these costs represent an obvious barrier for the deployment of such high safety standard in non-High Speed Lines (e.g. Conventional Main Lines, Regional Lines, and Local Lines). The currently applied national safety standards do not always match the safety level provided by ERTMS. Taking into account the important role that satellites and related services can play in the railway domain, the study will analyse the requirements that a satellite aided ERTMS solution needs to satisfy in order to be attractive to the railway market.

ESA Tender Information

Responding to an open competitive Invitation to Tender (ITT) requires the submission of a Full Proposal. The submission of the Full Proposal initiates the evaluation process according to ESA regulations and procedures.

The consequential evaluation of proposals results in a recommendation for a winning bid. In the case that several proposals of sufficient quality targeting different and/or complementary aspects are submitted, the Agency reserves the right to place parallel contracts for each of the open competitive ITTs in coordination with the relevant national delegations and partners involved in case of external funding.

For the fully detailed Proposal Guide on competitive ITTs click: Open Competition

If you wish to download the official tender documentations from EMITS, you need to register as potential bidder on esa-star first.

Registration as Bidder

Prior to submitting a Full Proposal, the Prime and all subcontractors must register as potential bidders via esa-star. This process needs to be started as soon as possible, as it will take time to complete.

 

 

Responding to a Kick-start Activity requires the submission of a Proposal (maximum 20 pages in length), which will be evaluated according to ESA regulations and procedures. If several proposals of sufficient quality are present, the Agency can place parallel contracts, subject to funding availability from the relevant Member States.

The Call for Kick-start Activities is issued on EMITS (AO8872), including the official tender documentations (letter of invitation, proposal template, draft contract, tender clarifications and opening/closing dates for each Thematic Call for Proposals).

For each individual theme, dedicated tender clarifications will be posted in EMITS to provide information on the National Delegations that have committed financial support to each Thematic Call for Proposal.

If you wish to download the official tender documentations from EMITS, you need to register as potential bidder on esa-star first.

Registration as Bidder

Prior to submitting a Full Proposal, the Prime and all subcontractors must register as potential bidders via esa-star. This process needs to be started as soon as possible, as it will take time to complete.

 

 

Funding Scheme

Funded participation to the ESA Business Applications programme is open to any public organisation, commercial client worldwide or space company, be it as group of users, public body or non-governmental organisation, residing in any of those states that subscribed to the programme.

To date, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxemburg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom have subscribed.

Funding of the individual Prime or subcontractors is subject to authorisation of the required budget by the related National Delegation(s). As documented in the Declaration and Implementing Rules, the delegations are free to decide whether or not to support an entity. Therefore bidding teams are requested to obtain a Letter of Authorisation from their national delegation before submitting a Full Proposal.

Activities may be funded by ESA up to 100% of the cost of the project.

Open Competitions

Activity

Project Cost Funding

ESA Tenderer and /or third party
Feasibility Study 100% 0%
Demonstration Project 50% 50%

 

Direct Negotiations (Call for Proposal)

Activity

Project Cost Funding

Funding Limit

Duration Limit

ESA Tenderer and /or third party
Feasibility Study 50% 50%    
100%* 0%    
Fast Track Feasibility Study 50% 50% 50 kEuro 6 months
Demonstration Project 50%* 50%    
*For Feasibility Studies and Demonstration Projects carried out by universities and research institutes involved as contractors or subcontractors and justifying no further commercial interest in the product may be 100% funded by the Agency.