Main Projects JSC NIIAS

The Institute is working on the holistic approach to controlling the railway operating process as a whole based on the future single integrated technology for traffic, infrastructure and safety management using state-of-the-art software and intelligent technologies.

Each of the above projects representing a strategic initiative aimed to maximize the efficiency of traffic management and safety has been developed and implemented. Their functionality ensures:

  • improved utilization of railway infrastructure by means of even distribution of traffic in time and space
  • higher process, information and social safety of traffic
  • provision of necessary information to all levels of management for operational and strategic decision-making based on simulation and impact analysis of new and modernized transportation facilities
  • development of rapid response procedures for transportation services enabling prompt reaction to malfunctions and failures, as well as adverse weather and other environmental conditions
  • development of transportation infrastructure and traffic conditions monitoring systems enabling real-time assessment of transportation system status and forecasting of its evolution.


Integrated Intelligent Process Control and Automation System for Railway Transportation

  • This is a most complex, forward-looking project that uses artificial intelligence technologies to enable the elimination of bottlenecks in the patchwork automation and helps achieve a higher level of comprehensive planning and centralized traffic control ensuring significant reduction of delivery time and higher quality of transportation services provided by JSC RZD.

    ISUZhT is to become the main automated control and management system making use of advanced developments in business process management aimed at higher quality of transportation services and optimization of JSC RZD business units interaction. The ISUZHT functionality encompasses all JSC RZD business activities.

Integrated train traffic safety system

  • For the purpose of increasing the efficiency of train protection devices and constructing an integrated rail traffic safety system, the Institute has performed a series of activities aimed at merging the existing onboard safety facilities KLUB, SAUT and TSKBM into a single Vital Integrated Onboard System, BLOK, that has incorporated the signalling, driver vigilance control and braking functions.

MALS/GALS-R shunting and hump yard automatic cab signalling system

The Institute has developed the MALS system for the purpose of ensuring safe shunting operations in stations. The system uses advanced components and enables simultaneous supervision of up to forty engines.

  • The MALS/GALS-R system is designed to increase traffic safety in stations by preventing SPADs during shunting operations, protecting station personnel, ensuring regular station operation rate, controlling shunting movements, ensuring optimal shunting engines utilization, providing an information management infrastructure for optimized station operation control.

    The system ensures forced locomotive stop in case of spontaneous change of signal aspect, signalling devices failures, loss of radio communication, movement without authorization from the control system, by station operator's remote order.

Integrated System for Automated Control of Shunting Operations (KSAU SP)

  • Functionality

    KSAU SP ensures complete automation and safety of key train-splitting operations at humps: preparation and automatic setting of routes with guaranteed prevention of switch throwing under moving cars, automatic spacing and target braking with control of classification track utilization, automatic tracking of shunting movements and prevention of forced switch opening.

    Currently in Russia, KSAU SP is the only certified, mass-deployed domestically designed classification process automation system that beside its primary functions, i.e. operational personnel workload reduction, enhancement of station throughput and classification process safety, enables the performance of a number of other tasks, i.e. trackside and tower-based equipment diagnostics, condition-based hump devices maintenance, operational and maintenance personnel decision support, etc.

  • Modularity

    The KSAU SP is modular and comprises subsystems for managing humping and classification, routes, rolling-down speed, automation of compressor stations, as well as diagnostic subsystems. The modularity of KSAU SP allows determining the optimal solutions for specific classification humps at the design stage. Additionally, in situations when investment funds are limited, this property of the system allows performing hump overhauls incrementally with the capability to further enhance the automation system functionality.

    Certified hump process control systems developed by the Rostov Branch have been approved and recommended for mass deployment based on the results of operation at the dedicated trial sites, the Bekasovo Sortirovochnoye station of the Moscow Railway and the Krasnoyarsk Vostochny station of the Krasnoyarsk Railway.

  • Efficiency, dependability and safety

    KSAU SP undergoes continual improvements. At the automated classification hump of the Krasnoyarsk Vostochny station of the Krasnoyarsk Railway the technology has been developed for automatic classification by a single operator under KSAU SP control. Currently, the smart unmanned classification hump is under development.

    The deployment of KSAU SP in Russian and foreign railway systems ensures a significant increase in efficiency, dependability and safety of classification station operation.

  • Deployment

    As of today, KSAU SP has been deployed in 20 Russian classification humps of various design and capacity, including those with parallel humping operation, equipped with various types of retarders and other facilities, situated in various climate zones:

    • Oktyabrskaya Railway
      • Saint Petersburg-Sortirovochny-Moskovsky
    •  Moscow Railway
      •  Bekasovo-Sortirovochnoye
      • Orekhovo-Zuyevo 
    • West Siberian Railway 
      • Inskaya-Chetnaya 
      • Inskaya-Nechetnaya 
      • Vkhodnaya 
      • Moskovka 
      • Novokuznetsk-Vostochny 
      • Altayskaya 
    • Krasnoyarsk Railway 
      • Krasnoyarsk-Vostochny
      • Novaya Yelovka 
    • East Siberian Railway 
      • Irkutsk-Sortirovochny Chetny 
      • Tayshet-Chetny 
      • Yugo-Vostochnaya Railway 
      • Yelets 
      • Stary Oskol 
    • Kuybyshev Railway 
      • Kinel-Nechetnaya 
    • South Urals Railway 
      • Chelyabinsk-Glavny Nechetny 
      • Chelyabinsky-Glavny Chetny 
    • Sverdlovsk Railway 
      • Yekaterinburg-Sortirovochny Nechetny 
      • Northern Railway 
      • Losta

Satellite and geoinformation technologies

Over the last decade, the Institute has been deeply involved in the deployment of innovative satellite and geoinformation technologies.

  • The Institute’s experts have elaborated the key navigation and information applications based on the GLONASS system for all types of rolling stock and maintenance vehicles.

Method and system for resource, risks and dependability management

URRAN is the body of standards and procedures, as well as software and hardware facilities intended for integrated management of resources and processes for efficient delivery of railway transportation services in a resource-constrained environment.

  • The purpose of the URRAN system development is the implementation of adaptive management of facilities based on the criteria of dependability, safety and economic efficiency at lifecycle stages using a risk-based approach.

    The operation of URRAN is to cover facilities and systems of railway transportation and the business processes they implement.


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