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Press Release -- January 16th, 2014
Source: Huawei

Huawei and Bombardier successfully demonstrate convergent wireless rail communication in Poland

Żmigród, Poland, January 16, 2014]: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, and Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, have successfully demonstrated integrated rail security solutions on a rail test track in Żmigród, Poland. The rail security solutions demonstrated combines the broadband data capabilities of Huawei’s eLTE wireless rail communication system with Bombardier’s on-board rail security portfolio and wireless gateway solution.

The end-to-end solution demonstrated on the rail test track in Żmigród 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 situations replicated a typical rail environment and day-to-day railway operational situations such as intruder detection and unattended luggage, as well as chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear explosives (CBRNE) detection. These scenarios were presented to a large number of European Commission representatives, partners and railway stakeholders as well as representatives of the transport authorities and rail police.

The communication scenarios presented at the event in Żmigród demonstrated how Bombardier’s on-board communications gateway within train stations prefer available WiFi 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 critical 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. “Over the past 16 years, Huawei has worked closely with leading rail operators around the world to develop new, innovative ICT solutions that are customized to the unique needs and safety and security requirements of the rail industry. We will continue our investment and research efforts in rail technologies to increase the safety of passengers and the efficiency of rail operators.”

With the ability of Bombardier’s on-board mobile communications gateway solution to combine and automatically select the most suitable wireless radio system (i.e. LTE, Wi-Fi or 3G) and Huawei’s wireless railways solutions, railway operators across the world can now benefit from seamless train-to-ground communication.

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