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Meet the winners of the first Shift2Rail Research & Innovation Awards

Projects working on new methodologies to optimise energy use in trains, a door-to-door travel booking eco-system and technologies to make trains’ communication systems wireless were selected as winners of the Awards.

There were three categories in the Awards: decarbonisation, digitalisation and project management.

OPEUS, part of the S2R cross-cutting activity on Energy and Sustainability, won the decarbonisation Award for its work to develop a simulation methodology and accompanying modelling tool to evaluate, improve and optimise the energy consumption of rail systems with a particular focus on in-vehicle innovation.

IT2Rail, the S2R lighthouse project for IT Solutions for Attractive Railway Services, obtained the digitalisation Award. The project has developed a crucial technical enabler that sets the foundations for further developments in the Shift2Rail Innovation Programme 4, aimed to revolutionise multi-modal travelling in Europe.

CONNECTA, part of the S2R Technology Demonstrator on new Train Control and Monitoring System, and on new Brake systems, was bestowed the Project Management Award for its innovative management processes, market-oriented approach and use of new technologies. The CONNECTA project works on the next generation of TCMS architecture, electronic braking systems and components with wireless capabilities.

The ceremony for the first edition of the Research and Innovation Awards was part of the opening event of the Shift2Rail stand at InnoTrans 2018.

The Awards acknowledge the commitment and progress accomplished by the teams working, in Europe and beyond, to deliver the S2R Research & Innovation Programme, creating innovative solutions to deliver a dramatic transformation of the European railway systems.

Members of the CONNECTA project receive their award from Commissioner for Mobility and Transport, Violeta Bulc, and the Executive Director of Shift2Rail, Mr Carlo Borghini