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Along the railway line on the track portion 119 between Luleå and Boden takes avancedade tests within the project ePilot119, now interesting for South Africa. View original picture , opens in new tab/window

South Africa interested in ePilot119

Published: 18 September 2015

The project ePilot119, led by Luleå University of Technology is about railway research, and is highly interesting for South Africa. The interest was actualized when three people from the South African Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) recently visited the University. ePilot119 is a research and implementation project where advanced testing is done on trains and infrastructure.

South African visit to the University
Representatives of the South African railway organization RSR visiting the university. Veronica Jägare and PO Larsson Kråik in the middle.

- When we introduced the ePilot they became very interested and now investigating the possibility for us to come down and help start a ePilot process, says Veronica Jägare who is the deputy director of the Railway Technology Centre (JVTC) at Luleå University of Technology.

Thus, plans for cooperation between JVTC at the University, and Southafrican RSR has started. ePilot119 is to improve punctuality and reduce disruptions to rail services and achieve a more efficient maintenance.

The project whose research is led by Luleå University of Technology has been commissioned and funded by the Swedish Transport Administration. It is a cross-industry collaboration between a range of stakeholders in the railway sector.

In South Africa, is currently undergoing a review to modernize the country's railway system. The visit of South African (RSR) at Luleå University of Technology is part of that work. South Africa is working to get into a strategic cooperation with Sweden in the railway sector. It is already under way an economic/political cooperation between the countries and in the latter part of October a meeting at ministerial level will takes place

- The South African delegation's visit at our University should be seen as a preevisit before the larger meeting in the autumn, says PO Larsson Kråik, from the Swedish Transport Administration and who is also an adjunct professor at Luleå University of Technology.


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