In-Depth Focus: Future Railway Mobile Communication System (FRMCS)
Future Railway Mobile Communication System (FRMCS) is the future worldwide telecommunication system designed by the International Union of Railways (UIC), in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders from the rail sector, as not only the successor of GSM-R, but also as a key enabler for rail transport digitalisation. Read on to find out how FRMCS has the potential to become the worldwide standard, compatible with European regulations and responding to the different requirements of rail organisations around the world.
FRMCS: More than a replacement for GSM-R
As GSM-R approaches obsolescence, the FRMCS has been discussed among railway organisations as its successor. The UIC launched FRMCS as a project in 2014 and, here, colleagues Dan Mandoc (Head of FRMCS) and Jean-Michel Evanghelou (Deputy Director of Rail Systems and Head of Telecom, Signalling and Digital Applications), provide an explanation for how the industry can move forward and work together towards deploying FRMCS.
FRMCS as a key enabler for ERTMS and rail digitalisation
Carlo de Grandis, Policy Officer of Rail Digitalisation at the European Commission, explains how the FRMCS is hoped to be the successor of GSM-R, but also as a key enabler for rail transport digitalisation.
Powering up FRMCS in Austria
Martin Taranetz, Project Manager for Telecommunication Technology at ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG, explains how the Austrian rail infrastrucutre manager is investigating various scenarios to migrate from GSM-R networks to new FRMCS standards.
The importance of migration from GSM-R to FRMCS
The FRMCS, the successor of the Global System for Mobile Communications – Railway (GSM-R), is expected to be rolled out in the coming years. Here, Monika Heiming, Executive Director of EIM (the European Rail Infrastructure Managers association) shares EIM’s proposals for a successful migration to the new communication technology.