Huawei and Bombardier Demonstrate Convergent Wireless Rail Communications
Published on: 17th Jan 2014
By: Ian Mansfield
Huawei says that it has demonstrated integrated rail security solutions on a rail test track in Z.migr d Poland working with Bombardier Transportation. The rail security solutions demonstrated combines the broadband data capabilities of Huawei's eLTE rail communication system with Bombardier's on board rail security portfolio and wireless gateway solution.
The platform included on-board security functionality such as video surveillance closed circuit television (CCTV), environmental sensors for detection of gas and radiation levels, and advanced Passenger Information Systems (PIS).
The communication scenarios presented at the event in Z.migród demonstrated how Bombardier's on-board communications gateway within train stations prefer available Wi-Fi network coverage to maximize the benefits of unlicensed Wi-Fi frequencies. Once the train started moving at a higher speed, Wi-Fi coverage automatically switched over to 3G to enable transmission of data. As soon the train entered areas with wireless LTE coverage, the on-board unit automatically enabled data services such as video surveillance and broadband data to maximize the benefits delivered by LTE for rail.
"The integration of smart sensors and multi-network capabilities enables efficient "train-to-ground" communication and cost savings, while significantly refining security processes with the easy detection of security issues, creating a safer and more enjoyable rail travel experience for people," said Mr. Li Shengli, general manager, Huawei Enterprise Wireless Broadband Department.