K-Won Selects Softil’s Technology for LTE-R Comms in South Korean Airport
Monday, August 06, 2018 | Comments

Global solution integrator K-Won selected Softil’s software development kit (SDK) for mission-critical high-speed railway Long Term Evolution Railways (LTE-R) communications terminals.

The SDK will drive a new generation of K-Won Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standard compliant mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) and push-to-video communications terminals for use in the Incheon Airport Railway Link.

“The high-speed rail link from Incheon Airport to Seoul plays a crucial role in South Korea’s economy, and it is only to be expected that the mission-critical communications systems employed in the rail service are best-in-breed technologies,” said Seon-IL Jang, vice president of K-Won. “Our decision to adopt Softil’s BEEHD technology as the key component in our train radio control panels (TRCP) terminals in the Incheon Airport Railway link can be seen in this light.”

K-Won will build the terminals using LTE-R technology, a version of LTE designed specifically for the mission-critical operational and maintenance services of railway operators. The BEEHD framework is LTE-R compatible and will enable K-Won’s TRCP terminals to deliver stable voice, video and data communications on trains running at speeds of up to 400 kilometers per hour (kph). It also provides tracking train information and railroad guide to the engine driver.

LTE-R is the railway variant of the 3GPP MCPTT standard. The railway variant enables video and voice communications and not just voice.

“Clearly, Softil is delighted to partner with K-Won and extend its footprint in South Korea’s developing high-speed rail network,” said Pierre Hagendorf, Softil’s CEO. “Our BEEHD technology and its advanced communications capabilities for TRCP terminals will greatly enhance the day to day operations of the rail link.”

BEEHD is a cross-platform client framework SDK designed for chipset vendors, device manufacturers, system integrators, application developers and service providers looking to accelerate development of IP-based voice and video over LTE. The platform is 3GPP Release 14 compliant and offers support for features such as MCPTT, mission-critical video (MCVideo) and mission-critical data (MCData). BEEHD also offers demonstrable interoperability with a large number of server vendors and service providers, as tested at the first and second MCPTT Plugtests events.

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