Vienna/Bilbao, October 15, 2012 – Kapsch CarrierCom successfully completes another project in Spain: Kapsch equipped 80 kilometers of the short-line network of the state railway operator Adif in Bilbao with the newest train safety and radio technology. This guarantees improved communication for railway operations in the future as well as new services for the passengers.
"The equipping of the railway network in Bilbao is another milestone for the modernization of the Spanish train system. Both the railway operator and the passengers will profit in terms of safety and reliability," explains Michel Clement, Vice President GSM-R of Kapsch CarrierCom. With this project, Kapsch has once again confirmed its position as a globally leading specialist for GSM-R (Global System for Mobile Communications-Railway). Previously in Spain, Kapsch equipped a high-speed line in Galicia with the train radio system.
Train radio simplifies communication
The GSM-R solution from Kapsch enables simple communication between the command and control centers and the trains on the line. This guarantees smooth management of the train traffic. At the same time, the new system increases the capacity for simultaneous communication processes. In this way, it offers new functions for safety and maintenance teams and enables fully automatic notifications via loudspeaker in event of problems. Thanks to the integration of the signaling system, calls between trains and transportation operators are now also handled automatically.
Smooth transition to the new system
The preparation for the project took place over two years: Already in 2010, the roll-out laid the foundation for the extensive new installations. The core of the system consists of a newly integrated fiber-optic cable network and the associated installation of 22 control masts. A control panel was also specially developed for this project into which both GSM-R components as well as the previous analog channels are integrated. This guaranteed a simple and smooth transition to the new communication system.
Kapsch CarrierCom is a global manufacturer and independent system integrator of telecommunication solutions for railway operators and providers of access, core and transmission networks. In seven R&D centers in Europe and Asia, Kapsch CarrierCom develops applications and services for next generation networks and innovative OSS/BSS solutions. In addition, Kapsch CarrierCom provides an end-to-end service spectrum, which ranges from consulting, designing, installing and integrating, to maintaining, operating and supporting entire networks.
With 70,000 track-kilometers covered by GSM-R, Kapsch CarrierCom is an internationally recognized specialist and partner for railway operators such as the French railway RFF, the German railway DB and Network Rail in the United Kingdom. In the public operator segment, Kapsch CarrierCom’s customers include service providers such as the companies of the Telekom Austria Group, eircom in Ireland and Chunghwa Telecom in Taiwan. Kapsch CarrierCom is part of the Kapsch Group and has its headquarters in Vienna.
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