OSGi On Rails

Session Type: 
Standard [35 minutes]

We are presenting an eclipse based software system built by CSC for the Swiss railways to optimize the rail traffic in the Zurich area by manipulating signals and switches. This is a follow up system based on the RCS System presented at EclipseCon 2009 along with NASA’s Mars Rover project.

More people use the train in Switzerland than in any other country in the world. Punctuality is the central goal of SBB, guaranteeing more than 97.5 % of all connections between passenger trains at the main junctions of the SBB network.

Operating up to 9000 trains per day on a network of 3000 km, this imposes one great challenge for the centralized traffic control: How to avoid the untimely stopping of trains that leave their assigned time slot? 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.

A team of SBB and CSC is developing an optimization system that is able to control more than 20 signals and switches in the tracks leading to one of the most important stations of the Swiss railway network, Zurich main station.
We are illustrating how we use Eclipse- and OSGi technology to fulfill the high requirements of the Swiss Federal Railways and how it helps us to meet the challenging timeframe of the project.
We expect people to take away from the presentation…

  • That there is more to show about rail traffic than putting coal into the oven.
  • If the going gets tough it’s always a good choice to use reliable, simple concepts.
  • Eclipse and OSGi provide the stable foundation and

we will do our best to illustrate how Eclipse helps in mission critical projects.

Schedule info

Time slot: 
27 March 16:15 - 17:00
Lake Thoreau


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