Kapsch CarrierCom Next Generation Railway Communication System

Kapsch CarrierCom has announced that it has reached a milestone in developing the next generation railway communication system by successfully executing the first Functional Addressing call utilising SIP signalling based on the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) in its Vienna lab. The Functional Addressing Service (also known as “Follow Me”) is a crucial operational aspect of railway communication networks. It allows a calling party to reach a “function” or role, for example, the “train driver” doing away with the necessity of dialling an explicit directory number.

Kapsch CarrierCom Developing Next Generation Railway Communication System

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Next Generation Railway Communication System

The milestone was reached by combining softphone based user equipment, IMS capabilities and the service logic hosted within the SCP5 application server. The Service Control Point Release 5 (SCP5) is a convergent Service Delivery Platform (SDP) and allows for centralised service and functional transparency of the underlying network architecture. It will also enable a smooth transition between networks currently operating and the future Full-IP System.

Kapsch will launch its second Next Generation Product which uses standard COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) hardware. It is enabled for virtualisation and is flexible and cost-efficient for deployment in railway data centres.

The system used for the functional call demonstration meets the concepts discussed in working groups relating to user requirements and system architecture defined by the UIC project, Future Railway Mobile Communication Systems (DRMCS). It will form a part of the innovative developments of the European SHIFT²RAIL joint initiative.

Kapsch’s Next Generation Strategy will be more reliable and available, safer and more cost efficient than alternative communication systems. As railways transition over to new communication and signalling systems over the coming years, they will move over to IP-infrastuctures including these.

Jochen Nowotny, Vice President Product Line Management and Research & Development at Kapsch CarrierCom, said:

“The successful execution of the first call is an outcome of the fruitful collaboration among the experts of Kapsch CarrierCom’s nine R&D sites. We have set a strong focus on research for the evolution of Kapsch’s railway portfolio, and challenged ourselves to provide a convergent solution for today and tomorrow. With our approach we are combining IT and telecommunication excellence for the benefit of our customers.”


Kapsch became an associate member of the SHIFT²RAIL initiative in December 2015, working on the analysis, specification and implementation of a prototype for a future communication system emergency call under the Innovation Programme 2 (IP2). SHIFT²RAIL is a European project bringing together industry leaders to develop market-driven solutions which will improve the capacity of the European railway system, creating new innovations, products and solutions which will reduce life-cycle costs and enhance the competitiveness of the European railway industry.

This latest development will also form a part of Kapsch’s work on Luxembourg’s railways to develop a national railway communication network based on GSM-R which will encompass 271km of track.

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Train Radio Communication Systems

Kapsch CarrierCom is a dynamic partner for companies operating in the evolving world of telecommunications. We are a global system integrator and supplier of end-to-end telecommunications solutions for fixed and mobile network operators, railway operators, urban transport organizations and companies seeking real-time asset management solutions. By providing the full set of professional services alongside mission- and business-critical telecommunications, Kapsch CarrierCom is the trusted partner for clients around the world. Strategic partnerships and a strong focus on innovation in nine R&D centers in Europe and Asia, make Kapsch CarrierCom a market specialist in telecommunications. We are always where you need us. Our headquarters are located in Vienna, Austria, but we are present around the globe - with more than 20  subsidiaries. As telecommunication networks grow more and more complex by trying to combine several generations of technologies, bringing a new product or solution into an existing infrastructure becomes an even bigger challenge. [gallery ids="12048,12049,12050"]

Railway Network and Connectivity Solutions

Kapsch CarrierCom‘s unrivaled experience in GSM-R services and technology has made us the leading provider of GSM based radio communication systems for railway networks around the world. GSM-R was standardized by the International Union of Railways (UIC) with the support of the European Railway Agency to help railway operators provide internationally interoperable and safe railway networks. Kapsch CarrierCom’s GSM-R network now covers around 70,000km of track and includes the largest GSM-R network projects in Europe, Africa and Asia. These railway operators count on Kapsch CarrierCom as a reliable partner because we can act as a general contractor for entire projects. Kapsch CarrierCom is an end-to-end supplier of GSM-R solutions and has a strong product portfolio. Our GSM-R network solution comprises GSM-R access infrastructure nodes such as the Base Station Controller (BSC), the Trans-Coding Unit (TCU), the Base Transceiver Station (BTS), a Core solution based on 3GPP Release 4 architecture using an ATCA platform, the Subscriber and Configuration Management solution. We also provide service capabilities including design, implementation, maintenance and operation. Our infrastructure includes features that provide secure and reliable wireless communications between railway workers as well as the communication channel for the next-generation of railway control and signaling technology, the European Railway Traffic Management System (ERTMS). The European Train Control System (ETCS), which is part of ERTMS, is the system for signaling, control and train warning designed to replace incompatible signaling systems used by railways in Europe and increasingly around the world.

Public Transport Communication Solutions

To help our customers meet their mission-critical communications requirements, we have developed our cutting-edgetetrawave solution based on the TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) technology. Trusted by police, ambulance, fire and rescue, and other emergency services organisations around the world, TETRA offers voice connectivity that is dedicated, secure and highly reliable. All this makes it ideal for supporting critical urban transport communications. By choosing Kapsch CarrierCom’s tetrawave solution, you choose truly state-of-the-art technology, which leads to improved safety, lower operational costs and reliable services. The innovative features of our solutions provide a range of benefits for both public transport operators and passengers. Our end-to-end service wrap takes the risk out of major communications deployments and includes:

Rail Machine Network Solutions

Our tetrawave solution for public transport operators is designed, installed, managed and supported end-to-end by Kapsch CarrierCom’s highly skilled team, so you can focus on your core business activities. Our decades of experience in the transport sector means that your critical communications are in safe hands. Managing your assets is vital. Receiving real-time status updates on your assets, knowing where they are located at any time, using them in the most efficient manner and increasing asset security are the four key challenges any asset owner is facing today. The process of putting this asset management activity into practice, however, is a separate challenge. Today, good asset management demands the right technology – and that means the use of Machine-to-Machine communications. Through specialised sensors and meters installed in key places – such as buildings, vehicles or machinery – Machine-to-Machine communication solutions collect location-based data in real time, and transmit it securely to other areas of the business for immediate analysis. This generates valuable business insight, which can deliver a whole range of benefits – helping businesses to save money, work more efficiently and offer better customer service.

Intelligent Rail Asset Management

At Kapsch CarrierCom, we provide you with a customised way to manage any type of tangible asset – from commercial goods to machines, and from cargo wagons to entire buildings. Our Intelligent Asset Management solutions collect data via secured data channels from your mobile or fixed assets in real-time. This data is then sent to customized web portals and data warehouses for further processing, and reports are created. Our end-to-end Intelligent Asset Management portfolio consists of everything you need in order to optimise your existing business processes, and even to enable new business models: The horizontal platform architecture provides ready-to-use functionality for a quick and cost-effective time-to-market. What’s more, we take care of the entire asset management solution cycle from consulting, designing, installing and integrating, to maintaining, operating and supporting.
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