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FERROVIA 4.0 project contributing to Portuguese railway sector's technological headway

by IT on 14-09-2023
Project FERROVIA 4.0 Closing event Portuguese Railway Radio Systems Network Architectures and Protocols

FERROVIA 4.0 project, led locally by Nuno Borges de Carvalho, was officially concluded on July 20th, marking a significant milestone in the railway sector's technological upgrading. The project achieved several important milestones, each contributing to the enhancement of railway systems:

Low Energy Consumption Sensors: The project successfully developed sensors designed for railway tracks and carriages with a focus on energy efficiency. 

Communication Mechanisms: FERROVIA 4.0 introduced innovative communication mechanisms that utilize mobile gateways installed on trains. This approach turns the moving trains into a mobile communications infrastructure, enabling real-time data transfer from sensors fixed on the track. 

IoT Communications Network: The project established an Internet of Things (IoT) communications network within carriages and between carriages. This network facilitates the collection and processing of critical information in real-time. It enables data to be processed both at the edge and in the cloud, ensuring that important insights are readily available for decision-makers.

FERROVIA 4.0's core focus was on addressing the technological and market challenges faced by the railway sector on a global scale. It fostered collaboration among various companies and entities within the R&I System, including the Portuguese Railway Platform Group. The project conducted industrial research activities that aimed to improve the operational efficiency, sustainability, and competitiveness of railway systems.


The team: Nuno Borges de Carvalho, Susana Sargento, Arnaldo Oliveira, João Matos

The research groups involved: Radio Systems – Av, Network Architectures and Protocols – Av


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