July ETSI Workshop to Update on Rail Transport Communications
Monday, June 18, 2018 | Comments

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) announced a workshop on rail transport 4 – 5 July in Sophia Antipolis, France.

“Developing the Future Radio for Rail Transport” follows a first workshop on next-generation radio for rail in November 2016. This second ETSI workshop intends to give an update on the activities related to the future radio for rail transport worldwide.

GSM-R, the railway telecommunications system based on GSM mobile communications system and standardized by ETSI, is the interoperable mobile radio system within Europe and worldwide. Its operation supports daily rail stakeholder’s passengers and freight traffic. This system is expected to be available until at least 2030 while the first rollout of the Future Railway Mobile Communication System (FRMCS) is foreseen from 2023 onwards.

ETSI Technical Committee for Rail Telecommunications (TC RT) is working on the definition of an FRMCS system architecture (reference model) in coordination with relevant organizations such as International Union of Railways, Shift2Rail and EU Agency for Railways (ERA). ETSI continues to work on FRMCS use cases and related potential requirements in coordination with the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP).

The main objectives of the event are to give an update on the status of FRMCS standardization activities, discuss the coexistence of multiple access technologies, and exchange and share information on future rail transport communication needs. Attendees will better understand the challenges, benefits, spectrum needs and opportunities, as well as consider synergies with other critical infrastructure domains such as public transport, public safety and aviation.

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