Frequentis Wins Best Use of Critical Communications in Transport

Frequentis’ railway specific bearer-independent communications system (BIC) in Finland wins International Critical Communications Award.

The International Critical Communications Awards (ICAA) focus on excellence in the public safety sector and 42 shortlisted entries were competing for just 10 awards. Industry experts on the judging panel praised the Frequentis project for its interesting and innovative evolution from GSM-Rail (Global System for Mobile Communications – Railways) to the Future Railway Mobile Communication System (FRMCS), hailing it an important integration project.

Critical Communications in Transport

Florian Heiser (middle), Frequentis Regional Sales Manager, Singapore, receives the ICCA award from Robin Davis (right),
TCAA Chairman, Transport Working Group

Frequentis implemented the Unified Railway Communication and Application (URCA) system for the Finnish Transport Agency, to fulfil its need for a cost saving transitional solution to the future GSM-Rail replacement. Since February 2019 Finnish railway users are able to use the Finnish Public Safety digital TETRA radio network and public mobile networks for all railway-specific communication functionalities. This allows greater flexibility to follow the future evolution of such networks, as well as ensuring less dependency on one specific communication standard.

Frequentis Vice President Public Transport, Thomas Karl, said:

“It is a great achievement to win this prestigious award for the best use of critical communications in transport. Over the past few years we have evolved the Frequentis fixed terminal rail voice communication system, FTS 3020, into a multi-bearer solution for rail communications applications to operate not only with GSM-R but also TETRA and LTE radio networks. This provides bearer independence, allowing users to overcome increasing operational cost and technical issues.”


Critical Communications World is TCCA’s flagship event, running for over 20 years. Award categories included; Best use of mission-critical communications during a major event, Best use of critical communications in transport, Best Use of Critical Communications in Utilities, Best Use of Critical Communications in Other Vertical Markets, Greatest Advance in the Migration to Critical Broadband, Best New Infrastructure Solution, Best New LTE or Hybrid Device, Outstanding Example of After-Sales Support, TCCA Young Engineer of the Year, and Outstanding Contribution to Critical Communications.

Winners were announced on June 18, during Critical Communications World, at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) in Kuala Lumpur.

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Safety Critical Communications for Rail

Frequentis Public Transport solutions benefit from over seventy years of safety-critical communications and applications experience. The company’s expertise with control centre communication crosses civil and military aviation, emergency services and maritime, setting a strong foundation for industry-leading railway and urban transport solutions. Railway operations communication and the incident and crisis management platform from Frequentis have references across the world. The company also holds the number one market share in GSM-R dispatcher terminal positions, with over 6,000 units currently deployed in customer control centres in 25 countries.

Operations Communication for Railway Controllers

With the evolution of railway operations, rail controllers need to be able to communicate with numerous stakeholders across different networks, such as GSM-R and LTE, and make well-informed decisions effortlessly. This is where Frequentis solutions come in, offering a unified dispatcher interface that unlocks greater flexibility to meet the challenges that railway control centres typically face. The Operations Communication Manager (OCM) delivers the tools to support a next-generation working position for railway controllers. OCM unifies communications within a single Frequentis Audio Hub and a role-specific user interface.

Railway Incident and Crisis Management Solutions

Delivering a reliable and efficient journey experience for passengers is key for railway operators. Incidents and disruptions are inevitable, but the difference is how they are dealt with and how quickly normal services can resume. A modern incident management system must mitigate this risk and enable prompt service restoration while adhering to relevant rules and regulations. The Incident and Crisis Management (ICM) solution from Frequentis is a combined information, alerting and recording tool for the operational management of incidents and emergencies.

Bearer Independent Communications

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