Communications - Articles and news items

Leading critical communications expo moves to Copenhagen exploring collaboration and interoperability in an ever – converging European market

Industry news  •  24 January 2017  •  Critical Communications Europe

Critical Communications Europe two days of high-level, exclusive discussions, debates, case studies, roundtables and panels…

The smart city: cell-powered traffic information

Industry news  •  21 October 2016  •  Fältcom

Billions of devices are expected to be connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) by 2020. Sensors receive and analyse data and communicate with the outside world to create smarter and more attractive environments, products and services. This transformation is described as bigger than before and after the advent of the Internet and smartphones.

Keep it Moving: Mesh Networks improve Mass Transit Communications

Transport Extra, Z homepage promo  •  26 September 2016  •  Chris Mason, EMEA Sales Director at Rajant Corporation

Designed for dynamic environments, Mesh Network technology will propel the bus industry forward says Chris Mason of Rajant Corporation.

Case study: Monterrey’s Transportation Network

Whitepapers  •  5 September 2016  •  Sepura

In this case study, discover how Teltronic’s communication solutions have solved Monterrey’s many communication challenges…

Integrated communication solutions for rail sector

Webinars, Z homepage promo  •  18 August 2016  •  Sepura

In this webinar: transportation organisations’ communication requirements, utilising TETRA and LTE systems to improve operations and developing an integrated solution to cover voice and critical data…

First trial of 4G LTE technology carried out on Paris Metro

Industry news  •  8 August 2016  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

Operator RATP and Nokia have successfully completed the first ‘real-world’ trial of 4G LTE technology on Line 14 of the Paris Metro.

Global growth of TETRA technology remains strong

Industry news  •  31 May 2016  •  Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport

A new report has suggested global implementation of TETRA technology is expected to grow almost 50 percent within the Industrial sector.

Connecting the London Underground

Issue 4 2013  •  22 August 2013  •  Gareth Bacon, London-Wide Assembly Member, Greater London Authority Conservatives

The London Underground facilitates no voice or SMS communications and recent steps to add Wi-Fi to 120 of the 260 stations is by no means competitive with cities such as Paris and Berlin who have had mobile phone technology since the late-1990s. The Tube needs to play a serious game of catch-up to provide what is becoming a standard in the commuter transport industry. The technology is now almost cost neutral and can provide added value to a system in terms of traffic management, safety, and alternative revenue sources.
The current experience

The prevalence of communications technology is quite impressive, to the point that while travelling on most of the world’s metropolitan transport systems it is commonplace to be connected even when you’re hundreds of feet underground. Metropolitan transport operators are no longer exceeding expectations when connecting passengers underground – they are meeting them.

Riga upgrades public transport services and rolling stock

Issue 6 2010  •  15 December 2010  •  Leons Bemhens, Chairman of the Board, Rīgas satiksme

Riga’s public transport has undergone significant changes in recent years. The electronic payment system has been introduced successfully, and after the renovation of the bus fleet, tram and trolleybus renovations have now started, accompanied by modernisation of the infrastructure.

Transfer to e-ticket The 1 March 2009 was a remarkable day for Riga. On this day, Latvia’s capital city started using the unified electronic payments system in public transport, or the transfer to the e-ticket, known in Riga as ‘e-talons’. A rather short period of time, just two months (March and April), was given to replace the old system with the new one, and the new payments system was fully operable as of 1 May 2009.

eTicketing in Europe – active support from the Kontiki Working Group

Issue 6 2010  •  15 December 2010  •  Dr. Manfred Ritschel, Past Chairman of the Kontiki Working Group

The Arbeitskreis für kontaktlose Chipkartensysteme für Electronic Ticketing (Kontiki – Working Group for contactless smartcard systems in electronic ticketing) was founded in 1998 and sees itself as a product- and systemindependent platform for electronic mobility systems based on contactless media. The focus of its work is on the use of contactless smartcard and other mobility systems in the field of public transportation.

Automatic passenger counting systems for public transport

Issue 6 2010  •  15 December 2010  •  Ivano Pinna, Bruno Dalla Chiara, Francesco Paolo Deflorio Transport Engineering, Politecnico Di Torino and Francois Mbarga Bessala, Industry Professional

This article describes and compares new technologies for the automatic counting of passengers on both rail and road vehicles, highlighting their advantages and issues, with general indications on their respective levels of outlay. It also deals with monitoring systems for weigh-in-motion, used as an indirect measurement of the passengers on-board1.

Nowadays, passenger counting operations are often developed on surveys, throughout the territory and using manual procedures: even though these may be capable of providing highly accurate values, which can be taken as a reference point in analysing the precision of the automatic systems, the manual procedures are not usually homogeneous in surveys, since they inevitably depend on the operator who performs them and may also be influenced by the time of the day – early morning versus the last hours of the day – and by a repetitive task.

TETRA – taking care of metro transport

Issue 6 2010  •  15 December 2010  •  Phil Kidner, CEO, The TETRA Association

Travel on a metro, underground network, take the subway, the MRT (mass rapid transit) train – however you choose to describe the transport, chances are that you will be travelling in the company of TETRA communications. Millions of people are, every day.

TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) technology is used throughout the world to deliver secure, reliable and robust critical communications. As well as being the public safety technology of choice for governments around the globe looking to protect their citizens, TETRA is used by an increasing number of commercial and industrial sectors. These include transportation and travel: airport, rail, metro, and taxi organisations; utilities, oil, gas and petro – chemical industries; commerce, retail and leisure; and major sporting events such as the Olympic Games.

On track for rail support

Issue 4 2006, Past issues  •  6 December 2006  •  Thomaz D’Agostini Aquino (Chairman) and Philip Harley (Deputy Chairman), TETRA Rail Forum

Digital Mobile Radio technology is making its mark on the railways. Globally, operators are, in the main, selecting either GSM-R or TETRA for main line railways and TETRA for urban rail systems.

In Europe, the EU has long been concerned about inter-operability and the inefficiencies of multiple communications networks in adjacent rail networks. The EU has recommended the use of GSM-R for all main railway lines and each EU member state must adopt Interoperability Directive 96/48/EX into national recommendation. This directive does not apply to metropolitan railways in Europe.