About ARIC GmbH
Recent Project: SAMIRA - Shunting Assistant & Monitoring Interface for Autonomous Rail Application
This project is being funded by the national NRW Ziel2 programme and co-funded by the European Commission.
New Project: Drones4Safety
In addition, our new EU-H2020-funded project Drones4Safety, which involves the inspection of bridges and railway lines by using a swarm of drones, was just launched on June 1. Further information can be found in this presentation:
ARIC HistoryThe Automotive & Rail Innovation Centre GmbH is a non-profit Research Facility fostering applied research on vehicle technologies based in Germany. One focus are electronically vehicle systems like ADAS and autonomous driving, using satellite navigation like GALILEO and GPS and wireless communications as core technologies. Due to the huge amount of data involved and necessary sensor fusion, big data processing is another important subject for ARIC.
ARICs history goes back to 2005, when it was initiated as division of AGIT mbH (Aachener Gesellschaft for Innovation and Technology Transfer), the non-profit regional development agency for the Technology Region Aachen. Due to re-structuring of AGIT in 2016, ARIC GmbH has been founded as legal entity as a spin-off from AGIT. Thus, all gained knowledge and experiences from the beginning in 2005 are still available with the enterprise. This includes the access to the GNSS/Galileo testbeds for automotive and rail applications as well as the use of the highly precise geodetic reference field REDUS for dynamical testing of positioning sensors and GNSS receivers.
Within the project Galileo above, two terrestrial test beds have been installed to allow for testing of Galileo-based systems and applications for road (automotive) and railway. These facilities have been set up with public funding and can be used by anybody free of discrimination. ARIC operates the Galileo Application Center Rail & Road and successfully participated in various EU projects such as DETECTOR, STRIKE3 or Galil-EU Large Field Demonstrator, which focused on extending railGATE with a high precision dynamic calibration site. There, receivers which are mounted on a gang car can be positioned with cm precision, to analyse their dynamic behaviour and accuracy. These facilities can be provided by ARIC for the benefit of further projects, too. ARICs office is located directly within the railGATE-/GNSS Dynamic Calibration-facility.
Currently ARICs website is entirely under new construction. You can download an overview on ARICs portfolio as well as the available infrastructure for development, testing and validation by following this link:
SatNav / GNSS Testbeds w/ GALILEO pseudolites
There two Galileo test beds (railGATE and automotiveGATE) have been created to be able to use real Galileo signals for research, development, and testing, already before Galileos initial operation capability (IOC) has been reached in December 2016. In both fields, Galileo antennas which were installed on top of high poles, are transmitting physical Galileosignals which allows dynamic testing and validation of positioning systems, either based on pure GNSS technology or being designed on multi-sensor fusion, in their origin vehicles applications.
Galil-EU / REDUS: high precision geodetic field for dynamic GNSS analysis
This project was funded by the EU's CIP program.
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