The SYSTUF project is a response to the Intelligent Transportation Systems call of the French government program Investments for the Future - National Fund for the digital society. This project deals with research and development in technologies, innovative products and services related to intelligent transportation systems and focuses on tramways and metro systems.

The project aims to demonstrate the feasibility of using a single communication technology based on LTE (Long term Evolution) to meet the Quality of Service requirements of critical (control and command also called CBTC – Communication Based Train Control) and non vital (also called CCTV – Close Circuit TeleVision) applications simultaneously and to enable the development of innovative services contributing to seamless mobility which meets the growing demand for "smart and environment-friendly mobility." The work will focus, for medium-term, on the deployment of a reference architecture and its business model. The SYSTUF project aims to produce a proof of concept offering a unified framework for telecommunication needs in public transport (mainly tramways and metros), taking into account the constraints of safety-critical applications.

The goal is to define and implement a new multiservice and broadband end-to-end communication system between ground and moving vehicles to improve the quality of urban guided transports (tram, metro). The radio link between ground and vehicles will be based on the new 4G technology: LTE. The communication system will streamline in a single open and standardized system all proprietary communication applications used today by urban transport operators and it will carry on the same communication infrastructure data traffic related to new applications that will enable operators to improve safety, security and the passenger experience in urban transportations. The contributions of this project will be:


Research program and funder Intelligent transportation system call of the Investments for the Future - National Fund for the digital society program

Total Cost 4 560 915 €

Grant 1 638 828 €

Manpower  412,5 person.months

Project Coordinator Laurent Roullet – Alcatel Lucent

Partners Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), IFSTTAR, ALSTOM, Eurecom, RATP, Mitsubishi Electric R&D Centre Europe (MERCE), Télécom Bretagne, SIMPULSE

Associated Technological Research Institutes Railenium, SystemX, B-COM

Duration 36 months (1/07/2012 - 30/07/2015)

Alcatel-Lucent website Alstom website Ifsttar website Eurecom website
MERCE website Ratp website Telecom Bretagne website Simpulse website