Over the years, its development of products and solutions (Development and Engineering) has enabled Ansaldo STS to seize a leading position in the Signalling Systems and Railway and Mass Transit Sectors.
- OTP - Optimizing Traffic PlannerTM - an innovative rail traffic management system that enables the redirection of traffic in real time.
- ATC (Automatic Train Control) and ATP (Automatic Train Protection) Systems - automatic train speed control systems in line with ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) standards.
- CBTC Communication-Based Train Control - two-way, radio-based train distancing communications system between wayside and train.
- Wayside platform - integrated security, diagnostics and traffic regulation functions in a single, centralised platform.
- Satellite signalling - a globally significant technological innovation which uses satellite geo-positioning technology as an alternative to traditional systems, reducing costs and environmental impacts.
- TCCS - Train Conformity Check System - the multi-functional portal for automatic detection of irregular conditions affecting rolling stock in transit.
Research and development expense ascribed directly to profit or loss for the year ended 31 December 2017, net of grants, totalled EUR 41.3 million (EUR 36.7 million in 2016). In particular, total research and development expense was EUR 43.6 million (EUR 38.6 million in 2016), against grants approximating EUR 2.3 million (EUR 1.9 million in the previous year).
The majority of investments regarded the on-board systems product line aimed at facilitating alignment to the ERTMS standards and improving the performance of CBTC applications; furthermore, the new platform for automation products was launched, aimed at promoting the digital development of technology. In detail:
- CBTC development activities to supplement the general functions required by recent acquisitions and the safety testing and verification activities for ongoing projects continued;
- developments to the ATS Metro system are continuing in line with the CBTC roadmap;
- the activities of the new multi-year programme “Automazione v2.0” began, involving resources in Italy and the United States. The new development aims to standardise hardware and middleware to increase the platform’s efficiency, develop new infrastructure able to host “added value services” in the future and support a new User Interface. Automazione v2.0 aims to satisfy the demand for digitalisation and respond to new trends;
- the evolutionary development of the Interlocking MacroLok platform continued, aiming to improve and extend the features offered by the platform to meet the demands of the global market;
- the RBC functions of the MacroLok platform were also developed, aiming to align the General Application to the evolving ERTMS and general product standards;
- the development of the new “Fast” tool suite for the MacroLok platform for system design and configuration;
- as regards the Interlocking MicroLok platform, the development of the new CPU (ViPro) continued, which is able to manage PTC traffic without the need for additional HW;
- as regards Onboard systems, activities to resolve the problems presented by the obsolete Italian platform (ALA) continued with the design of a new microprocessor which adapts the architecture and components of other developments created by Ansaldo STS as part of the standardisation of HW solutions. In terms of SW, the development of Baseline 3 continued, focused on its first application in the contract with SNCF and other recently acquired contracts.
In 2017, new evolutionary developments on the onboard platform DIVA were launched. The activities aim to standardise HW configurations mainly for ERTMS applications, as well as improving the general performance of the platform.
7 Further information on the product segments of Ansaldo STS is available at: http://www.ansaldo-sts.com/en/business/business-segments