Siemens Mobility Wins Train Cab Radio Contract in Norway

GSM-R Versus FRMCS

FRMCS will be the new standard for global telecommunications in rail and it will replace GSM-R (Global System for Mobile Communications – Railway). The current international wifeless communications standard for railway communications and applications is part of ERTMS and delivers signalling information directly to the train. However, GSM-R is a second-generation (2G) system, allowing data transfers at speeds of 100kbit/s. Designed more than 20 years ago, it simply cannot handle the data volumes needed for digital trains. Much of the installed GSM-R equipment already installed will reach the end of its lifespan in around 2030.

FRMCS on the other hand is a fifth-generation (5G) system and is designed to handle all of the applications that may be part of rail digitalisation.

Migrations from GSM-R to FRMCS are expected to take place between 2025 and 2035. Both systems are designed by the UIC in close co-operation with key industry stakeholders.

FRMCS will enhance features such as live video entertainment for passengers, video security transmission and dynamic passenger information systems. Fortunately, the migration to FRMCS will allow for existing on-board equipment to be adapted and re-used, which will keep costs down.

Siemens Mobility Trainborne Condition Monitoring

The contract with Norske tog AS includes a one-year trial of Siemens Mobility’s Trainborne Condition Monitoring (TBCM) application. It will allow Norske tog AS to monitor the condition of its track assets remotely. The application gathers condition data in real-time from the fleet and uses this data to generate a digital representation of the condition of the track assets. This will allow the operator to perform preventive and predictive maintenance.
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