Making the most of existing infrastructure while boosting the efficiency and punctuality of mainline, freight, and regional traffic: Our ATO system based on ETCS delivers on this promise.
Automatic Train Operation

Improved rail operations all the way with ATO over ETCS

Existing rail network routes must be used as efficiently as possible in order to meet the growing demand for rail transport capacities. This is exactly what automatic train operation (ATO) based on the European Train Control System (ETCS) makes possible for shared tracks. The interaction of Siemens Mobility’s ATO solutions with TPS Online, a software for operational timetabling and ad-hoc dispatching, renders further potential for the prevention of delays and sustainable cost reductions.
How it works

Prepared for future demand with ATO over ETCS

In view of increasing passenger and freight volumes in rail traffic, expanding the transport capacity of existing lines is key to the future viability of rail operations. Automatic train operation is a major contribution to this project, at the same time positively influencing energy consumption and operating costs, and ultimately even improving punctuality and passenger comfort. Combining the ATO system with TPS Online, Siemens' software solution for train planning and capacity management, paves the way for even further improvement: It becomes possible to react to events such as disruptions and timetable deviations in next to no time, in this way optimizing rail operations as such.

The interaction of ATO systems, ETCS, and TPS Online

ATO onboard controls the vehicle’s traction and braking systems for energy- optimized operation. It continuously calculates the optimum speed profile based on the individual journey profile it receives from ATO trackside. To calculate this profile, automatic train operation trackside uses the up-to-date infrastructure, track, and timetable data it obtains from the traffic management system. At the same time, ETCS onboard monitors train movements and speed limits on track, in this way allowing train drivers to operate safely at shorter headways for optimum usage of track capacity. On top of that, TPS Online enables the real-time rescheduling of trains in the traffic management system to manage short-term disruptions on the fly and avoid conflicts throughout the network.

Making optimum use of track capacities with automatic train operation

ATO automatically controls the acceleration, cruising, coasting, braking, and stopping of the train. It is connected via ATO trackside to the trackside traffic management system enabling continuous transmission of the latest schedule and route information to the vehicle. In addition, TPS Online enables the traffic management system to respond immediately to any unforeseen event on the track. The interaction of the systems renders an optimized traffic flow with higher punctuality and lower energy requirements.


Let’s talk about your project and opportunities with ATO over ETCS

ATO over ETCS plus TPS Online help to make the most of existing route networks, in this way expanding transport capacities in a cost-efficient and future-viable manner. Our experts look forward to discussing with you in detail how our ATO solutions can move your business forward on the path to sustainable, future-proof mobility.