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GSM-R - Articles and news items

GSM-R coverage extended across Heathrow Express rail tunnel infrastructure

Rail industry news / 4 August 2015 /

Network Rail has awarded ADComms, the telecommunication solutions provider, the contract to install GSM-R coverage across Heathrow Airport’s rail tunnel infrastructure.

Railway Signalling & Telecommunications supplement

Issue 1 2015, Supplements / 13 February 2015 /

In our latest free-to-view Signalling & Telecommunications Supplement, industry experts take a look at supporting the sector and preparing for the future, plus details about current ERTMS/ETCS operation on the RFI network…

The migration path towards ERTMS in Portugal

Issue 6 2014 / 3 December 2014 /

Interoperability has become a key word in the European transport policy, with the aim of improving transport services. The application/renewal of signalling and telecommunication systems in the Portuguese railway network will follow this legal requirement and migrate to the new European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS). Jose P. Neves from REFER Telecom and Fernando Vendas from REFER Engineering, provide more details…

Signalling & Telecoms supplement 2014

Issue 1 2014, Supplements / 13 February 2014 /

Read an exclusive interview with Karel Vinck – the European Commission’s European Coordinator for ERTMS, an article about Norway’s ERTMS plans from Jernbaneverket’s Project Manager Eivind Skorstad, plus an article about recent GSM-R achievements and its evolution from Dan Mandoc at the UIC…

Siemens Rail Automation completes GSM-R installation on Danish S-bane fleet

Rail industry news / 23 December 2013 /

In just three months, Siemens Rail Automation has completed the installation of its GSM-R cab radio equipment on all of Banedanmark’s 135-strong S-bane fleet of trains…

NEC Portugal supplies GSM-R radios to Finnish railway operator VR-Group

Rail industry news / 26 June 2012 /

Project will develop, manufacture, supply and install radio equipment for the driving cabinets of VR-Group locomotives…

Kapsch chosen as Czech Republic’s GSM-R technology general contractor

Rail industry news / 3 August 2011 /

SŽDC chooses Kapsch to equip the railway route between Ostrava – st.hr. SR and Přerov – Č. Třebov with GSM-R…

A long-term vision for next generations

Issue 2 2011 / 6 April 2011 /

GSM-R is a big area of the railway industry. Many railway operators worldwide are integrating and upgrading their systems to ensure that they are running their networks as best as possible. In an interview with Craig Waters, Editor of European Railway Review, Kapsch CarrierCom’s Vice President of GSM-R, Michel Clement, talks openly about the history of Kapsch and also discusses recent projects they have been involved with plus what the future may hold for the company.

Part of the Kapsch Group, Kapsch CarrierCom can rely on 30 years’ experience in the railway business. Originally a partner with Nortel, Kapsch CarrierCom initially worked to introduce technology in central and southeastern Europe. However, with the acquisition in 2010 of parts of Nortel’s Carrier Network Division, Kapsh CarrierCom quickly transformed itself from a regional supplier into a global leader in GSM-R.

Explaining the GSM-R project in Greece

Issue 1 2011 / 15 February 2011 /

The preparation, tendering and implementation phases of the GSM-R project in Greece are presented in a descriptive, but mainly explanatory type methodology. The objective was to introduce a new digital telecommunication network to replace the analog system along the main railway axis and provide the necessary interoperability for future roaming of border crossing trains. Although one would think that the technical specifications would present the major complexity, thanks to standardisation work done by the UIC/ERTMS group, it is in fact the administrative and commercial aspects of the project, such as government policy, environmental implications, stakeholder base, functional requirement gaps, operation and maintenance issues that introduce time and cost delays. The maturity of the project is established in phases and therefore a systematic and parsimonious approach in management is required. Lessons learned are based on return of experience from the people involved and the objective of this article is to ensure that the case can be used in other countries, which are already implementing or planning a GSM-R system.

Polish State Railways: Achieving a successful first GSM-R link

Issue 1 2011 / 15 February 2011 /

In the past, Poland (with its 23,000km railway network) badly needed a good operational radio communication system. The first simple analogue system started in 1972 connecting the harbours of Gdynia and Gdansk with Silesia. The radio-telephone network has provided good communication between dispatchers and running trains along the whole route of approximately 800km. The loco-drivers, beside the connection with the dispatchers, were able to communicate among themselves. On the frame of this system (which was called colloquially ‘train line radio’) various mutations were created, e.g. marshalling yards or emergency/rescue networks. As it was mentioned, the first PKP analogue system using simplex transmission worked properly and is still operating in a 150 MHz band.

The role of the European Railway Agency for ERTMS – answering the challenge

Issue 6 2010 / 10 December 2010 /

Railways epitomise the triumph of engineering. From the early exploits of technological progress in the Victorian age, to the most recent speed records, from the age of steam power to the age of power semiconductors, engineering prowess has always been closely associated with the railway world.

Engineers have been successful in developing and perfecting the railways to a remarkable extent: historically this was done for integrated railways within the national borders.

SELEX Communications awarded GSM-R contract worth Euro 45 million

Rail industry news / 3 September 2010 /

A consortium including SELEX Communications has been awarded a contract for Libya’s Sirth-Benghazi railway line.