Driver-Machine Interface.

EUROPE: The ERTMS Users Group has decided to use the ERTMSFormalSpecs open source tool as part of its process to manage change requests in the ERTMS specifications.

Under a contract signed with the tool’s developer ERTMS Solutions on April 13, the ERTMS Users Group will make use of the Driver-Machine Interface and Scenario Editor modules under licence, with the company providing ongoing support. The tools will enable EUG to visualise the impacts which any change request would have on the original ERTMS specifications.

ERTMS Users Group Managing Director Michel Ruesen said ERTMS Solutions had demonstrated the value of ERTMSFormalSpecs and its modules through several proofs of concept. ‘We are convinced that these tools will support our work and the communication with our stakeholders, which will save a lot of time in the implementation of change requests’, he explained.

The Users Group has also decided to use the company’s ERTMS Academy to train its staff in the use of ERTMSFormalSpecs.

Hailing the contract as ‘a major step’, ERTMS Solutions Managing Director Stanislas Pinte said ‘it represents the recognition of five years of research and development to assist the railway community’.