Companies collaborate to develop next generation railway comms


Siemens Mobility and Softil are collaborating on LTE-R (long-term evolution railway) technology.

The solutions – integral to which will be the latter company’s BEEHD client framework – will support the International Union of Railways’ Future Railway Mobile Communications Systems strategy. This is intended to build a global rail traffic management system for the whole industry.
According to a statement, the Softil BEEHD framework will enable Siemens Mobility to deliver voice and data communications on trains travelling at speeds of over 400km/h. The LTE-R technology also enables live tracking of trains, multimedia-based group calls, and SMS services.

Speaking of the agreement, Softil CEO Pierre Hagendorf said: “The rail industry is at the forefront of the mission-critical communication revolution, and GSM-R [Global System for Mobile Communications–Railway]-based systems have already been replaced by LTE-R solutions in Asia Pacific. This trend is expected to widen across other markets in 2019 and 2020.
“With Softil’s BEEHD client framework at the heart of Siemens Mobility’s next generation LTE-R offerings, the rail industry will have a range of supremely reliable solutions, packed with rich communication features.”
Long-term evolution railway is described by Softil as the “foundation for the railway variant of the 3GPP MCC over LTE/5G (MCPTT) standard."

"What sets LTE-R technology apart from GSM-R," the company continues, "is that it brings the full power of broadband networks, including video, text, images, location and not just simple voice.”


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