WSN and Energy Harvesting Opportunities for Railway Applications at SNCF (Energy Harvesting & Storage Europe 2010)

Miss Oriane Gatin, Wireless Telecommunication Project Manager
Mr Benjamin Lhenoret, Research Project Manager
May 26, 2010.


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Presentation Summary

  • SNCF group overview
  • Railway environment specificities
  • Wireless sensor networks SNCF's expectations
  • Energy harvesting SNCF's expectations
  • Some railway applications
  • Conclusions and future prospects

Speaker Biography (Oriane Gatin)

Oriane Gatin is a project manager specialising in WSN technologies and applications from the Innovation & Research Department of SNCF, the French railway company. Oriane aims to develop WSN in the railway sector, leading to intelligent transport systems, predictive maintenance and efficient ways to make measures in a harsh industrial environment. Oriane has been involved in, and has led several projects which resulted in field experiments on high speed trains, regional trains and freight trains. Energy harvesting systems represent a great opportunity for railway applications, especially those based on vibrations to power embedded sensors.

Speaker Biography (Benjamin Lhenoret)

Benjamin L'Hénoret recieved his master degree in optoelectronics from Polytech'Orléans in France. In 2003, he joined Siemens VDO automotive in the Powertrain Sensors & Actuators business unit where he was involved in cylinder pressure, pedestrian impact and fuel quality sensor development. He joined SNCF in 2009 as project manager for wireless autonomous sensor motes projects.

Company Profile (SNCF)

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SNCF is a French Profit Public Body and has 3 main strategic activities:
  • passengers transport: urban, suburban, regional and long-distance travel. Over one billion people are carried each year, of which 572 millions in Paris area.
  • freight and logistics, with Geodis, an integrated supply chain operator in 120 countries.
  • Infrastructure and Engineering: traffic management, exportation and valuation of French railway expertise, maintenance and network upgrades in France and abroad: over 10 000 km of tracks are maintained in France.
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