Competence Center for the Assessment of Railway Diagnostic and Monitoring Technologies (CCRDMT)

At the interface between the organization (in a wider sense) of railway companies and the use of new information and communication technologies, particularly diagnostic and monitoring systems, there is great potential for improvement of the organization of railway companies, that has hardly been studied at all in research until now.

The analysis of the opportunities which result from the diagnostic and monitoring systems, is an essential part of the scientific research of CCRDMT (Competence Center for the assessment of Railway Diagnostic and Monitoring Technologies).

The aim of CCRDMT is to build on the results of our research studies and put together implications and recommendations for the improvement of the rail services as well as to assist the formation of consistent processes and procedures.

On this website you will find all important information about the CCRDMT. Our current projects and research results are published here. We report on participation in conferences and trade fairs. You can also find out more about our history, our partners and our GRADE rail accident database. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact our team at ccrdmt@uni-koblenz.de


In order to assess a railway safety technology, it is required to examine the efficiency of the technology. Therefore, it is necessary to analyze the accident causes, the frequency and the impact of these accidents. Afterwards, it is possible to quantify the risks and furthermore, to reduce them as far as possible by the implementation of safety technologies. Because of this topicality, an important component of risk evaluation is the economic allocation of train accident damage costs to the accident causes. In other words these allocations enable to calculate the value of preventing a casualty (VPC) or to justify safety technology investments. One objective of the CCRDMT is to provide a database of past railway accidents, their causes and their costs. This information is helpful for investment decisions, safety analyzes and to calculate business cases. The database is labeled under the name GRADE (Global Railway Accident Database and Evaluation) and is accessible via the following link: