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Organizing and equipping the laboratory of TCMS (train control and monitoring system) of railway vehicles


Over the recent years, Poland has seen rapid growth in supplying and controlling technologies for railway traction drives. A TCMS (Train Control and Monitoring System) system, developed by MEDCOM, is an example of a solution that ensures maximum efficiency and minimum losses in drive operation.

Ukraine does not have such technologies in store, which makes it dependent on imports and external suppliers. That led to the birth of a project designed to equip rail vehicle control and diagnostics system labs at the Kharkiv State Academy of Railway Transport (UPATK) with a high-tech TCMS system simulator.

The best way of knowledge sharing is to provide the Kharkiv Academy with modern energy efficient technologies and specialist engineering solutions. Equipped with a TCMS system simulator, the advanced laboratory will allow Academy students to study the design of control and diagnostic systems of traction drives, and to learn how to program drivers.

Organizing and equipping the laboratory of TCMS (train control and monitoring system) of railway vehicles


The project was carried out between 4 February and 12 December 2014, in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

The implementing entity was the Kazimierz Pulaski University of Technology and Humanities together with a partner, MEDCOM Sp. z o.o. seated in Warsaw, while the local partner was the Kharkiv State Academy of Railway Transport.

The project aimed to set up and equip a rail vehicle control and diagnostics system laboratory and to hold a series of courses and seminars. Ukrainian students learned about energy-efficient systems, acquiring knowledge which they would be able to put to use in their future careers.

The project had the following goals:

- Upgrading the quality of student education by the provision of state-of-the-art tools for programing rail vehicle control and diagnostics systems with an energy-efficient asynchronous drive.

- Transfer of knowledge about developing energy-efficient drive systems and energy transformation systems in rail vehicles.

- Allowing design work on rail vehicle control and diagnostics systems and integration of onboard systems.

The project’s end beneficiaries were students of the Kharkiv Academy and its scientists and lecturers.

The project contributed to the fulfilment of priority 13 – Education.

Organizing and equipping the laboratory of TCMS (train control and monitoring system) of railway vehicles


The main outcome of the project was to develop and construct a Train Control and Monitoring System (TCMS) simulator. It is a reprogrammable device, and thus a practical instructional tool in the field of rail traffic with energy efficiency as the leading criterion. The simulator was supplied to UPATK in Kharkiv together with the software source code and complete technical documentation, including software documentation. Also provided were didactic aids in the form of four boards depicting modern solutions of master and control circuits in traction vehicles. The training in the simulator operating and programing and in energy-saving technologies in rail transport was given to five UPATK staff, who will be training UPATK students and research personnel in Kharkiv. The above-mentioned measures will ensure long-term utilisation of the project outcome by the beneficiaries.