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

by IT on 14-09-2023
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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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