Teldat’s WWAN offering – based on 5G train to ground communications and Wi-Fi 6 for passengers - lets operators enhance their passengers’ experience while improving their own operational efficiency.
Liberalization has opened up the EU passenger train market, adding to bus and air transport competition. In response, train operators must compete on more than just process, schedules, and routes; digitalizing their rolling stock to enhance their passengers’ experience and boost their own operational efficiency.
Customers today expect high-performance Wi-Fi connectivity, with passenger information systems and onboard ticketing to cut stress. For comfort, IoT devices control indoor air quality, temperature, and humidity.
Meanwhile, digitalization improves operator efficiency with high-reliability communications plus great network performance visibility, CCTV, physical and network access control, proactive onboard equipment maintenance, and GPS-based location tracking.
These goals demand better data connectivity. 4G/LTE ground to train communications are essential; 5G is far better if available. Satellite links are also important for route sections lacking cellular coverage, as are trackside links for stationary trains. Above all, all communications channels should be reliable, secure, and amenable to easy remote management.
On board, multi-service communications routers and gateways should support all train to ground links, and supply corporate-standard networks – including Wi-Fi access points for staff and passengers’ mobile devices, plus BT/BT LE connectivity for IoT devices and apps.
Competitive rolling stock digitalization calls for multi-WWAN links, security-ready and high-performance router, switching and AP hardware to achieve the bandwidth and coverage required, for all locations. But it takes advanced SD-WAN software components to optimize operational efficiency and deliver the passenger experience expected by today’s rail users.
Teldat’s H2-Rail multi-WWAN rail-certified router supports 4G, LTE, Wi-Fi, and satellite comms; it connects via Gigabit Ethernet to the new APR2044ax Access Point. The APR2044ax’s Wi-Fi 6 brings new performance levels to crowded rail scenarios and with its BT LE allows the connection of IoT devices.
The 5Ge-Rail adds 5G to H2-Rail, or operates standalone. The cloud-hosted Be.IoT Platform supports IoT devices.
Rolling stock operators, integrators, and manufacturers can choose from Teldat’s SD-WAN software components to configure exactly the WANs they need, providing connectivity both from ground to train, and within the train. Their remotely controlled, easily integrated functionality increases operator efficiency and enhances the passenger experience.
Steady evolution in communications technology, and increasingly sophisticated software networking components and tools, can give rolling stock manufacturers and integrators a real competitive edge.
View our Use Cases and Case Studies for real-world examples of how the technologies are being applied.
Every day we hear more news on 5G, its progress and evolution, as the demand for connectivity between vehicles, towns and cities, devices and sensors continues to grow. As you might expect, the railway sector and it’s train communications are no less affected, being one of the main players anxiously awaiting these new developments to adapt the 5G technology and use in their area of railway intra and intercommunication.
Train communication systems are key to enhancing passenger experience and operator competitiveness, so it makes sense to use the best technologies available – and within the carriages, that includes access points that can deliver Wi-Fi 6 for passengers. Below, we look at the standard’s technical features, and then at how these translate into better transaction, information, and entertainment experiences on passengers’ devices.
After several years in which the growth forecasts for the IoT market were not met, 2019 exceeded expectations, and certain market analysts predict connected devices will increase by 21% in 2020. We can therefore say that the broader adoption of this technology is finally taking place, and this mass adoption comes with several questions