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International Technical Committee

The mission of the IRSE's International Technical Committee is to provide an multi-national and independent perspective on Railway Control, Command and Signalling (CCS) topics. Membership is by invitation, and comprises industry experts from both suppliers and operators, drawn from more than a dozen countries around the world. It aims to inform and educate both IRSE members and the train control and communications community worldwide, principally by the production of reports on selected topics.

Over the years a number of reports have been written, the more recent ones being published in
IRSE NEWSOlder reports were published separately, and where stocks remain, these can be purchased from here. You can also download reports from the list below.

The chairman of the ITC is Frans Heijnen.

TypeTitleAuthor(s) Published
The ITC view on the residual risks to the railway as at Q2 2018Rod Muttram01 Oct 18
Achieving high levels of signalling system availability – is there a role for secondary systems?Alan Rumsey01 Sep 18
Improving the management of emerging and residual safety risksLibor Lochman and Jean Baptiste Simonnet 01 Jul 18
Why do signalling projects fail?Alan Rumsey01 May 18
Trackworker Safety - EPUBWim Coenraad and Rod Muttram15 Mar 18
Trackworker Safety - PDFWim Coenraad and Rod Muttram15 Mar 18
Driver advisory systems - opportunities and challengesIan Mitchell01 Mar 18
How do we reduce the number of accidents involving human factors?Rod Muttram01 Mar 18
Adopting a proactive approach to the implementation of speed control systemsFrans Heijnen and Alan Rumsey01 Jan 18
Strategic drivers of change in the signalling industryAlan Rumsey01 Dec 17
The evolution of safety practice in railway signallingYuji Hirao01 Oct 17
Cybersecurity in railway signalling systemsNorbert Howe01 Sep 17
Aspects of producing a business case for ERTMSRod Muttram01 Mar 17
ETCS level 2 meets existing interlockings - a challenge?Rod Muttram & Beat Keller01 Oct 16
ERTMS level 4, train Convoys or virtual CouplingIan Mitchell01 Feb 16
Driving evolution towards Internet Protocol (IP) in signalling telecommsChristian Sevestre01 Jan 16
Data redundancy and intelligent verification in the context of railway signalling and train controlEdward Goddard & Alan Rumsey01 Nov 15
National Traffic Control Centre, what should it consist of?Christian Sevestre01 Oct 15
Understanding SILRod Muttram and Clive Kessell01 Oct 15
Cable theft - an international perspectiveIan Mitchell01 Apr 14
Avoiding the Butterfly Effect of failures in railway signalling and telecommunications systemsWim Coenraad01 Nov 13
Is there a need to redfine the "safe state" in fail-safe signalling system designs?Alan Rumsey01 Oct 13
Why is innovation so difficult in railways?Markus Montigel01 Feb 13
Level 3: From high speed vision to rural implementationWim Coenraad01 Dec 12
Train integrity is the responsibility of the railway undertakingIan Mitchell01 Sep 11
Rail integrity is the responsibility of the permanent wayAlan Knight & Ian Mitchell01 Jul 11
How to create the next generation of senior signal engineersMarkus Montigel & Christian Sevestre01 May 11
Managing obsolescence of electronic equipment in signallingIan Mitchell01 Apr 11
IRSE seminar on communications based train control - keynoteAlan Rumsey01 Feb 11
IRSE seminar on communications based train control - reportAlan Rumsey01 Feb 11
ATO for suburban and mainline communicationsJacques Pore01 Jul 10
Train integrity, making ETCS L3 happenRolf Seiffert01 Jun 10
Semi-automatic, driverless, and unattended operation of trains 01 Nov 09
What can signalling do to enhance rail operations?Alan Rumsey01 Sep 09
Towards the one page safety case: less paper and more assuranceWim Coenraad01 Aug 09
International barriers to level crossingsIan McCullough01 Jul 08
ERTMS/ETCS views and experiencesJacques Pore29 Jun 07
Reduction in cost of signallingChristian Sevestre01 Jun 07
Optimising cost and safety by appropriate use of EuronormsPeter Stanley & Joachim Stutzbach01 Nov 06
ITC Report no 7: Quality of Service in Railway Traffic Management SystemsITC01 Dec 04
ITC Report No 6: Proposed Cross Acceptance Processes for Railway Signalling Systems and EquipmentITC01 Apr 03
ITC Report No 5: The Contribution of Signalling to The Future of Rail Traffic Management and the Economics of Rail TransportationITC01 Nov 00
ITC Report No 4: The Implications of Applying Transmission Based SignallingITC01 Apr 98
ITC Report No 3: The Influence of Human Factors on the Performance of Railway SystemsITC01 May 96
ITC Report No 2 - Operational Availability of Railway Control SystemsITC01 Dec 93
ITC Report No 1: Safety System Validation with regard to cross acceptance of signalling systems by the railwaysITC01 Jan 92