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Steering the future of railway communications

Kapsch CarrierCom has led the rollout of GSM-R as the industry-standard communications system. With new functional and operational requirements emerging the involved stakeholders are assessing the technology and deployment options for the future communication system. In 2015 the European Railway Agency (ERA) launched an official process to identify what this system will look like with goal of establishing the definition and the general frame of the new system by 2018, and developing pilot systems by 2020 ahead of the first implementations in 2022. Kapsch CarrierCom has been involved in the various working groups relating to the next generation GSM-R process since the very beginning and is basing its future technology strategy on core evolution, meaning that any new core network will be capable of managing both legacy and next generation networks. There is a common consensus that the new standard will be IP-based, and since 2010 Kapsch CarrierCom has been leading the progressive evolution to IP-based networks in its network installations. Thus with its commitment to developing the next generation of technology, and an intimate working knowledge of the railway industry and its future needs, Kapsch CarrierCom is well-placed to deliver a next-generation network that suits the railway’s unique environment and working reality. Find out more in the video.

In a three page article titled “A journey towards the future” Michael Mikulandra, Head of Industry Appliance Next Generation RDN at Kapsch CarrierCom, gives a complete and insightful overview of the next generation railway communication status in terms. The article explains how operators will be able to enhance their communications capabilities, who is involved in making the next generation a reality and how, with this many stakeholders, collaboration is essential. This article in the renowned Railway Gazette positions Kapsch as thought leader  for the next generation. Read the full article here.