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Frequentis system ensures seamless rail communication

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With the Frequentis Fixed Terminal System 3020 (FTS 3020), communication within a railway system is seamless and reliable, making journeys safer and more efficient.

The cutting-edge technology enhances how control rooms talk to each other, meaning smoother operations and better coordination, keeping passengers moving.

But how does the system ensure mission-critical communication is transmitted securely?

Previously, railway communication channels were disconnected, requiring a combination of radios, using TETRA (Terrestrial Trunked Radio) networks and manual coordination between operators, reducing the speed at which situations could be resolved.

The FTS 3020 draws upon Frequentis expertise as the number one provider of voice and data operations communication for control rooms, using the existing Global System for Mobile Communications-Railway (GSM-R) technology.

However, railway communication is digitalising to support the transition to the FRMCS (Future Railway Mobile Communication System). FTS 3020 enables seamless integration with different communication networks, old and new, including, TETRA, LTE (standard wireless broadband) and FRMCS/mission critical data (MCX) networks, making it ideal for mission-critical use.

This was the start of the Frequentis bearer-independent communication solution (BIC) which decouples applications and services from communication platforms (or bearers), enabling railways to run newer communication technologies alongside GSM-R during a controlled transition period.

And it doesn’t stop there. Frequentis’ latest development is MissionX, an integrated, end-to-end solution, which reliably ensures mission-critical multimedia communication over public, dedicated (private) and hybrid standardised 4G/5G mobile networks, satellite, or WiFi provided by various network operators.

This means more than just voice can be transmitted because it also supports data and video, meaning that communication about railway events or issues can be more detailed, enhancing the ability for resolution.

As a bridging platform, MissionX includes the interworking and usage of legacy communication networks like GSM-R and TETRA. As a bridging technology, it is available for pre-FRMCS as well as for fully compliant FRMCS solutions.

The MissionX platform is like a super communication platform that works on various networks and bridges older and newer technologies, so you get the best of both worlds.

Frequentis MissionX advanced features, like video, increases ways to share information, making sure railway operators have even more intelligent data at their fingertips. It enables truly flexible information flow between all kinds of devices including desktop and tablet, and the control centre.

With technology to support railway operators in working more effectively and efficiently, organisations can reduce complexity, cut costs and enhance the management of the railway network for smoother, more streamlined operations to the benefit of operators and passengers.

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