Functional allocation in radio-based train control systems - a comparison

In the current issue of the journal "Eisenbahntechnische Rundschau" (11/2020) an article by Dr.-Ing. habil. Lars Schnieder has been published.

Over the last decades, Communications-Based Train Control Systems (CBTC) has established itself as the de facto standard for new construction projects as well as for the signaling renewal of existing high-performance light rail systems. Since the functional scope of these train control systems is largely described in international standards, the system solutions of the various manufacturers are therefore comparable, at least in this respect.  In detail, however, different system architectures can be identified.

These system architectures are discussed in this article in a comparative way. Beyond the system architecture, further technical criteria for a differentiation of CBTC systems from the uniform European train control system ETCS are shown.

Read about the comparison of radio-based train control systems in the current issue of "Eisenbahntechnische Rundschau" (English: Railway Technical Review). We gladly provide you with the article free of charge. Please send us an e-mail with the title of the article to pr(at)