Nokia unveils next generation GSM-R solutions for railways

Latest evolution of Nokia’s GSM-R solution will enable automated train control and help railway operators handle 40% more train traffic

Nokia unveils next generation GSM-R solutions for railways

Nokia is further evolving its portfolio to help train operators improve operational safety and efficiency. The company’s new GSM-R (Global System for Mobile Communications – Railway) product generation for automated train control provides effective and reliable communication of critical real-time information for high-speed train operations.

With Nokia’s GSM-R supporting automated train control, train operators can now handle up to 40% more train traffic while simultaneously ensuring safety of operations.

Nokia’s latest GSM-R products help operators to meet the requirements of European railway authorities for mission-critical voice and data communications. As one of the inventors of GSM-R, Nokia has now evolved its product portfolio to a geographically-redundant core solution based on the latest hardware.

The company has also developed a scalable radio system supported by IP transport, which reduces operating expenditure and prepares railway operators for migration to future IP-based mobile broadband technologies, like LTE.

Through its Global Services, Nokia offers a full GSM-R solution that integrates partner products and turnkey services, including network design, project execution and multi-vendor managed services.

“Nokia’s GSM-R portfolio was created to provide best-in-class safety and speed to railway passengers, and to ensure reliability and long-term support for railway operators. It’s a perfect fit to our overall mobile broadband strategy,” said Dirk Lewandowski, head of railway solutions, Networks, Nokia.

“With 29 GSM-R networks deployed across more than 20 countries serving 70,000 km of railways globally, we are the market leader in this arena.”

GSM-R is the telecommunications component of ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System), the European standard for railway communication and train control systems.

ERTMS is graduating to the second stage of implementation: while GSM-R was primarily used for voice communication, it is now becoming a mission-critical element in ERMTS Level 2 deployments by transmitting safety relevant operational data, thus ensuring seamless remote controlled operation of high-speed trains.

ERTMS is the European Standard for railway communication and train control systems that enables railways to operate high-speed trains in a Europe-wide interoperable environment, ensuring safety and highly reliable train operations for passengers.

The two main components of ERTMS are the European Train Control System (ETCS), a standard for in-cab train control, and GSM-R, the GSM mobile communications standard for railway operations.

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