X 2000 train in Sweden, image: SJ / Stefan Nilsson

Sweden opens research call for better train traffic information

The Swedish Transport Administration Trafikverket is opening a call for research to improve traffic information for passengers, railway companies and transport buyers. They are looking for new solutions that deliver real-time and reliable traffic information.

By investing in research,Trafikverket wants to stimulate innovation that makes use of the possibilities of digitalisation. The budget for the entire investment is around 1 million euros over 4 years. For the call period 2022, there is a total of 160 thousand euros to apply for.

Predicting train disturbance

The investment is aimed at actors and areas where new solutions can be applied in the foreseeable future. It should lead to reliable and consistent traffic information that is available in real time. For example, Trafikverket is looking for methods and models for predicting how long a train disturbance will be. Another request is the developing of services that make it possible to easily combine several modes of transport, including a uniform payment system.

Trafikverket is tasked with delivering traffic information for both freight and passenger traffic by rail. This is done in the form of signs and announcements at stations and APIs (Application Programming Interface) with open data.

Information chain

The assignment focuses on the delivery of useful traffic information both in a normal situation and when disturbances and delays occur. The information chain is complex and requires interaction between several actors, which is why close collaboration with the industry is an important part of the assignment. With the call, Trafikverket wants to get more people to collaboratively develop their ability to innovate and create new solutions. The call is open until December 31, 2021.

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Author: Esther Geerts

Editor RailTech.com

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