Railway disruptions are mostly caused by disasters and result in delays or cancellations of trains. Over time, this has a negative impact on passengers’ satisfaction and how they perceive the reliability of railways. To prevent such outcomes, railway operators aim to provide the best and fastest restoration of service when a disruption occurs.
Ready-Time Railway Disruption Management determines the extent of disruptions in railway systems and provides optimised recovery scenarios to passengers in real time using the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (CEMS) and in-situ railway operator data. These scenarios may include delaying, adding, or rerouting trains in ways that minimise both passenger inconvenience and additional costs for the operator.
The solution is designed to provide a tailored response to a given disruption and advance operators’ current disruption management practices.


“BioSense focuses on solving an increasingly frequent problem: damage to railways and the interruption of railway traffic due to natural disasters or technical failures. The use of data from the Copernicus Emergency service allows real-time solutions to be developed to quickly find alternative routes for passengers and rail companies. The project is also a very convincing contribution to this year’s European Year of Rail, an initiative by the European Commission with the aim of highlighting rail as one of the most sustainable, innovative and safest transport modes.”
Martina Sindelar,  Policy Officer, DG DEFIS, European Commission (COM)


BioSense Institute, University of Novi Sad
Nikola Obrenović, Sanja Brdar, Vladimir Crnojević, Nastasija Grujić, Maksim Lalić