& cplSiteName &

Siemens Wins Belgian GSM-R

Light Reading
LR Mobile News Feed
Light Reading
5/14/2003
50%
50%

MUNICH -- The Belgian national rail company, SNCB-NMBS, is the seventh European rail company to have chosen Siemens Information and Communication Mobile (Siemens mobile) for the installation of its GSM-Railway (GSM-R) network. This framework agreement over four years foresees the nationwide rollout of a GSM-R mobile network in Belgium along 3,000 km of track and covers the entire network infrastructure including terminals. GSM-R is a wireless communications platform developed specifically for railway communication and applications. Siemens mobile is the world leader in GSM-R, with seven networks and various test networks in eleven countries.

Siemens mobile has secured contracts with rail companies in Sweden, Italy, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Spain and Switzerland for GSM-R networks. GSM-R is a GSM-based communications platform which is currently being introduced as the European standard for railway communications. This allows for a single international communication standard for train communication and also improves interoperability between the various railway companies at international level. Alongside voice communication, data transmission will also lead to increased safety for rail transport.

As things currently stand, rail companies use in-track cable networks and analog radio for their voice and data communications. In Germany currently there are eight different railway radio systems in use; in Europe, there are more than 35 different platforms. GSM-R integrates the various voice and data applications for railway radio into a single system.

“Today we have contracts for GSM-R networks covering 22,000 kilometers of track throughout Europe", said Lothar Pauly, board member of Siemens Information and Communication Mobile. "This contract is a further proof of our mobile infrastructure expertise and the wide acceptance of this standard is another triumph for the global standard mobile standard, GSM and, as a leading GSM supplier, for Siemens mobile."

The railway companies will use the applications for communications between chief conductors, control centers, shunting and trackside maintenance teams and for train control and signaling, as well as to forward maintenance data to depots. Moreover, thanks to intelligent networks, railway-specific applications, such as intelligent call rerouting and call filters, will be able to be developed. GSM-R offers high reliability and availability of voice and data transmission and functions at speeds of up to 500 kilometers an hour.

Siemens Information and Communication Mobile Group

(0)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Featured Video
From The Founder
Light Reading founder Steve Saunders talks with VMware's Shekar Ayyar, who explains why cloud architectures are becoming more distributed, what that means for workloads, and why telcos can still be significant cloud services players.
Flash Poll
Upcoming Live Events
May 14-16, 2018, Austin Convention Center
May 14, 2018, Brazos Hall, Austin, Texas
September 24-26, 2018, Westin Westminster, Denver
October 9, 2018, The Westin Times Square, New York
October 23, 2018, Georgia World Congress Centre, Atlanta, GA
November 7-8, 2018, London, United Kingdom
November 8, 2018, The Montcalm by Marble Arch, London
November 15, 2018, The Westin Times Square, New York
December 4-6, 2018, Lisbon, Portugal
All Upcoming Live Events
Hot Topics
Millimeter Wave 5G: The Usain Bolt of Wireless?
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 4/12/2018
Australia's Optus on Back Foot After 'Anglo Saxon' Job Ad
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, 4/13/2018
Is Gmail Testing Self-Destructing Messages?
Mitch Wagner, Mitch Wagner, Editor, Enterprise Cloud, Light Reading, 4/13/2018
BDAC Blowback – Ex-Chair Arrested
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 4/17/2018
Verizon: Lack of Interoperability, Consistency Slows Automation
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 4/18/2018
Animals with Phones
I Heard There Was a Dresscode... Click Here
Live Digital Audio

A CSP's digital transformation involves so much more than technology. Crucial – and often most challenging – is the cultural transformation that goes along with it. As Sigma's Chief Technology Officer, Catherine Michel has extensive experience with technology as she leads the company's entire product portfolio and strategy. But she's also no stranger to merging technology and culture, having taken a company — Tribold — from inception to acquisition (by Sigma in 2013), and she continues to advise service providers on how to drive their own transformations. This impressive female leader and vocal advocate for other women in the industry will join Women in Comms for a live radio show to discuss all things digital transformation, including the cultural transformation that goes along with it.

Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed