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The Digital Train Communication Network

1 September 2017 | By  Christine Kraft, Project Manager of ETCS at DB Kommunikationstechnik

For Global Railway Review, Christine Kraft, Project Manager of ETCS at DB Kommunikationstechnik, talks us through the GSM-R system and the future of telecommunication and digitalisation in the rail sector.


High safety inside Switzerland’s Ceneri Base Tunnel

5 April 2017 | By COMLAB AG

The Swiss company COMLAB AG has been awarded a contract worth approximately 5.99 million CHF to equip a tunnel radio system to both single-track tunnel sections of the Ceneri Base Tunnel. The 15.4 km-long Ceneri Base Tunnel is the third largest tunnel project in Switzerland after Gotthard and the Lötschberg…


Signalling developments in Slovenia

5 July 2016 | By

In September 2007 the Republic of Slovenia adopted the National Implementation Plan for TSI Control, Management, and Signalisation in accordance with EU regulations. This included the definition of the scope and schedule for the installation of ETCS and GSM-R devices on the Slovenian rail network. For European Railway Review Jože…


Security of the railway network against electromagnetic attacks (SECRET)

18 January 2015 | By , , , ,

Railways constantly face increasing terrorism threats – one aspect in particular is electromagnetic (EM) attacks. SECRET – SECurity of the Railway network against Electromagnetic ATtacks – is a research project within the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, and aims to assess the risks and consequences of EM…


GSM-R radio systems and services evolution towards IP

18 January 2015 | By

ERTMS/GSM-R offers a portfolio of features, implemented to support traffic management as well as operational staff work and the applications to enhance services to passengers. This system is being rolled-out all over Europe and is becoming an international standard with projects in five continents. It is the basis for the…


The migration path towards ERTMS in Portugal

3 December 2014 | By Jose P. Neves, REFER Telecom and Fernando Vendas, REFER Engineering

Interoperability has become a key word in the European transport policy, with the aim of improving transport services. The application/renewal of signalling and telecommunication systems in the Portuguese railway network will follow this legal requirement and migrate to the new European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS). Jose P. Neves from…