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cOmmunication Platform for TraffIc ManAgement demonstrator (OPTIMA)

cOmmunication Platform for TraffIc ManAgement demonstrator (OPTIMA)

OPTIMA will design and develop a communication platform to manage the connection between several services supporting the rail traffic management system (TMS) applications and business services.

Project leader

Dr. C. Ulianov


December 2019 to February 2023

Project staff


Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking (part of EU Horizon 2020)


  • Union des Industries Ferroviaires Européennes (project coordinator)
  • RINA Consulting SPA, Rete Ferroviaria Italiana
  • Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias
  • Správa Železniční Dopravní Cesty statni organizace
  • Oltis Group AS
  • Ardanuy Ingeniería SA
  • Ingenieria y Economia del Transporte SME MP SA
  • Union Internationale des Chemins de fer
  • IT-Informatik GmbH
  • Nexeya Sytems SAS
  • Scuola Superiore di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento Sant'Anna
  • University of Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Žilinská Univerzita V Žiline
  • Università degli Studi di Genova


OPTIMA will contribute to the Shift2Rail initiative Traffic Management Evolution Technology Demonstrator 2.9 through the specification, design and development of a communication platform (Integration Layer) using standardised data structures and processes to manage the Communication/Data exchange between different services/clients and supporting TMS (Traffic Management System) applications connected to other multimodal operational systems. It will also implement a demonstration platform for the Integration Layer enabling TMS modules developed in other projects to be tested.

Newcastle University role in the project include:

  • contribution to analysis of operational requirements and development of test scenarios (including edge cases), and contribution to validation of the demonstration platform in preparation for the testing of the prototype TMS developed by Shift2Rail members;
  • contribution to the definition of functions and features of the demonstrator platform, for being implemented into the demonstrator architecture;
  • contribution to analysis of operational requirements and system functionality required to support those requirements;
  • contribution to specifying the configuration of databases, to the definition of the Quality of Service requirements for the databases, and to the specification and assessment of the testing of the database elements;
  • coordination of testing activity, and contribution to development of test programme and scenarios, and to analysis and contextualising of the results.

More information available at:

Contact Newcastle University team leader: Dr. C. Ulianov