DB Netz AG introduces RCS.

The German infrastructure manager is replacing its existing control systems with SBB’s Rail Control System (RCS).

The two systems currently used for DB Netz AG’s operations will reach the end of their life cycles in December 2019. To keep pace with digitalisation and take advantage of future opportunities, German infrastructure manager DB Netz AG will rely on the Rail Control System offered by Swiss Federal Railways SBB in future.

The company is currently working with SBB to continue to develop RCS as a dispatch control system (LeiDis-D). The most innovative feature for Germany is the implementation of an automated conflict identification and resolution system. This important function paves the way for modern and efficient capacity management.

The replacement of the control system is currently the biggest IT project at DB Netz AG and brings with it numerous challenges, such as how to properly process enormous amounts of data and train thousands of employees.

Successful pilot operation has already been carried out in Munich and Duisburg since 2016. Following extensive parallel operation with the existing system, the nationwide roll-out of the first stage of development is set to take place in early 2020.

Discover more about the Project. Read the interview of Dr. Christian Gruß, Head of the companies Traffic Management and Operations division at DB Netz. 

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Infrabel now using RCS.

Belgian infrastructure operator Infrabel in now controlling its rail traffic with the Rail Control System (RCS), making it the first non-Swiss infrastructure operator to opt for this system.

The project was introduced at the end of 2013, since when a project team made up of CSC and Infrabel specialists has been working towards launching the RCS in late 2016. SBB has been sharing its experiences of the system and rail operations with Infrabel as and when required.

Infrabel successfully completed implementation in mid-November 2016, meaning that the company now uses the RCS to manage the 5,000 trains a day which operate across Belgium’s rail network. The RCS allows busy hubs such as Brussels to be navigated more efficiently.

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