A. Delle Femine1, D. Gallo1, D. Giordano2, C. Landi1, M. Luiso1, D. Signorino1
1Dept. of Engineering, University of Campania “Luigi Vanvitelli”, Aversa (CE), Italy
2Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica (INRIM), Torino, Italy


In the light of the recent European directives that regulate railway networks in EU, in order to implement the monitoring and controlling of the railways power supply network, an accurate and reliable knowledge of the exchanged energy between the train and the railway grid is an essential task. Therefore, a measurement system for railway applications must accurately evaluate energy and power quality. In order to do this, the synchronization to a common time reference of all the measurement devices of the network is mandatory. In this paper, a flexible measurement instrument for analysing different types of signals that could be found in railway systems is presented. The proposed instrument has extreme flexibility about the nature of input signals and it implements a synchronization technique to the absolute time via Global Positioning System (GPS). The implementation of the measurement system, along with evaluation of synchronization accuracy, is discussed.