Using train interconnection for intra-train communication via CAN

Tamás Bécsi, Szilárd Aradi, Péter Gáspár

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This paper presents the possibilities for using currently installed interconnection cables for extended intra-train communication purposes and proposes a CAN-based communication solution for the problem. The implementation of such a communication technique raises feasibility issues due to the non-standard physical media and the non-fixed network topologies, such as, the determination of an achievable bandwidth, the dynamic termination of the network and the enumeration of units. As a basis of on-board passenger information and telemetry solutions for the operator, this solution could be a cost effective way to improve the quality of service of rail transportation. This paper describes the specialties of the vehicular environment and the proposed network model; it then presents a network lookup algorithm for automated enrolling and ordering the needed train units. Laboratory and field measurements are presented to validate the feasibility of this solution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-38
Number of pages12
JournalActa Polytechnica Hungarica
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 23 2015


  • CAN Network
  • On-board communication
  • Rail transport
  • UIC558
  • Vehicle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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