MINOS - Real-time data service for emergency vehicles - forecast for delay-free crossing of trackside level crossings

MINOS - Real-time data service for emergency vehicles - forecast for delay-free crossing of trackside level crossings Shirley Sidharta, CC BY SA 4.0

Wherever possible, rescue and emergency vehicles avoid crossing level crossings, even if this requires a longer journey to the scene, in order to avoid waiting times at level crossings that are difficult to calculate. The aim of the MINOS project is to forecast the closing times of level crossings in real time.


The MINOS project will provide a data service that predicts with sufficient advance notice whether the emergency vehicle will find an open or closed crossing when it reaches the level crossing. This will enable emergency services to optimise their route planning in an innovative way so that they can get to the scene as quickly as possible.


Usable data sources are identified at the railway infrastructure operator. Depending on the nature of the data, a forecasting model is created that can be parameterised for the individual level crossings. The MINOS data server receives the data, creates the real-time forecast and distributes the results via the “Mobilithek”. Appropriate data interfaces are being prepared for this purpose. The solutions are being tested as prototypes.

At i3mainz, the scientific derivation of the solution and the scalable IT solutions are created, which take into account all train movements on the DB InfraGO AG network in real time.

The planning steps were defined at the first jour fixe with all participating project partners at Mainz University of Applied Sciences on 14 March 2023. Topics included the organisation of regular reports, the planning of upcoming sprints, the availability of the required data and the visibility of the project to the public. A site visit to Maintal was arranged in order to gain a detailed understanding of the processes at the Maintal fire brigade in connection with an emergency and their systems for communicating locations. As a result, the provision of data on closing and opening level crossings is to be optimised and adapted to the needs of the fire service. Wolfgang Klein and Jürgen Vogel from DB InfraGO, Delf-Thorge-Eric Kah and Christoph Blendinger from DB Systel as well as Volker Grassmann and Kerstin Keil from Neovendi GmbH were present, along with Karl-Albrecht Klinge, Konstantin Geist and Julian Stockemer from i3mainz.