Human factors and ethical considerations associated with automation

Automation and autonomous systems are currently getting a great deal of publicity. In road transport there is a lot of ‘work in progress’ on autonomous vehicles, and driverless technology ‘start ups’ have been snapped up by the new technology majors such as Google. In air, the recent tragic losses of two nearly new Boeing 737Continue reading “Human factors and ethical considerations associated with automation”

ITC at Zurich East ROC

SBB Visit

The ITC visited SBB’s Rail Operations Control Centre East on Zürich Airport prior to their 61st meeting in Wallisellen. We were given a tor of the ROC and a demonstration of the Rail Control System in use. Many thanks to Beat Keller and Fabian Flück for organising this visit.


The use of formal methods in standardisation of interfaces of signalling systems

This article, prepared on behalf of the International Technical Committee by Maarten van der Werff, Bernd Elsweiler, Bas Luttik and Paul Hendriks, completes our hattrick in IRSE News 256. Like other infrastructure managers (IMs), ProRail BV and DB Netz AG are responsible for the safe and efficient running of trains; their signalling systems play anContinue reading “The use of formal methods in standardisation of interfaces of signalling systems”

Croydon Tram overturned

What constitutes good and acceptable practice in light rail signalling?

Our latest publication in IRSE News 256, edited by Rod Muttram on behalf of the ITC, discusses our thoughts on the implications of providing accceptable “train” protection for light rapid transit systems in the aftermath of the Croydon tram link accident in 2016 from an international perspective and compares a number of LRT systems worldwide.

International Experience

Meet our secretary Jane Power in the editorial for IRSE News 256. The IRSE’s International Technical Committee (ITC) is a collection of eminent professionals from all corners of the signalling and telecommunications world. There are representatives from many European countries, Canada, Singapore, Japan and Australia. There is a broad cross-section of backgrounds, covering research institutes,Continue reading “International Experience”

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