The STARS (Satellite Technology for Advanced Railway Signalling) project Mid-Term event was held on Thursday, 15 June, in the attractive premises of Toulouse’s Cité de l’Espace (City of Space). The event gathered more than 50 participants, including project consortium members and stakeholders from the rail industry, the aerospace sector and various research centres.
Daniel Lopour, representing European GNSS Agency (GSA), welcomed the participants and emphasized an importance of collaboration within the rail sector: “GSA is supporting the collaboration of all the key relevant stakeholders, driving the R&D and market uptake of European GNSS, including ERA, Shift2Rail, UNIFE/UNISIG, CER and ESA.”
The conference continued with the STARS project introduction and with a summary of the current progress, focusing on the extensive STARS measurement campaign. Afterwards, STARS experts discussed upcoming key activities for the project, predicted results and potential benefits for end-users.
The second session highlighted related projects and initiatives, including FP7 NGTC, linked H2020 programmes ERAST-EAV, RHINOS, and upcoming activities within Shift2Rail IP2. Finally, the participants learnt about the initiatives to introduce GNSS in rail, supported by the French regions, through a presentation of the GEOFER and KAPILARRA projects.