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Public Transport solutions leverage more than seventy years of experience focusing on safety-critical communications and applications. Cross-industry expertise gained from supporting control centre communication sets the foundation for industry-leading railway and urban transport solutions. With its strong position in operations communication, as well as incident and crisis management, the company also holds the number one market share in GSM-R dispatcher terminal positions; more than 10,000 units have been delivered to customer control centres in over 25 countries.

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FREQUENTIS participated in ETSI FRMCS Plugtests to support mission-critical railway services

Interoperability and mission-critical service harmonisation are critical challenges for the successful deployment and operation of mobile communication systems for various sectors, including railways. 

The current standard for the railway telecommunication services is the Global System for Mobile Communication-Railway (GSM-R) - but with the increased need for more throughput, higher capacity, and flexible deployment options, the Future Railway Mobile Communication System (FRMCS) is being developed based on 3GPP mission-critical services.

The European Standards Organisation ETSI organised the FRMCS Plugtests event, which took place remotely from 14 to 18 June 2021.

During the event, Frequentis was able to successfully demonstrate key functionalities of mission-critical services for railways such as mission-critical data IP connectivity, mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) user regrouping and mission-critical data enhanced status. Communication scenarios were based on the 3GPP mission-critical services framework with a focus on rail-specific features.

Together with its strategic partner Nemergent Solutions SL, which provides mission-critical servers and mobile client applications, and Athonet's IMS, Frequentis successfully showed the integration of mission-critical services end-to-end, i.e. from the control room dispatcher to the mobile client.

The event brought together a great number of experts, vendors, and observers and enabled them to test independently and jointly all components of the mobile communication system for railways. Live video streams showed dispatcher clients as well as mobile ones.

Learn more here: https://www.etsi.org/events/past-events/1886-frmcs-remote-plugtests#pane-1/

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Vanessa.KOLLWIG@frequentis.com | 2021-06-24

Bahn Manager: Secure rail communication

The importance of collaborative partnerships

Andy Madge, Managing Director of Frequentis UK spoke to the Insitute of Collaborative Working (ICW) magazine in May about our notable strong relationships, built across key business areas, including air traffic management, railways and the emergency services. The most recent contract award for the Metropolitan Police in London is living proof that our strong relationships and partner ethos are the right way to do business.

jennifer.mclellan@frequentis.com | 2020-05-14

Operations Communication

Railway operations are evolving – for the better. To excel in today’s world, where agility, efficiency, and safety are paramount, rail controllers need to be able to communicate with numerous stakeholders across different networks, such as GSM-R and LTE, and make well-informed decisions effortlessly. This is where Frequentis solutions come in, offering a unified dispatcher interface that unlocks greater flexibility to meet the challenges that railway control centres typically face.

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Railways around the world are leaving decentralised ways of working behind, moving toward consolidated control centres rather than relying on individual controllers at local train stations and signal boxes. Traffic management is being introduced and efficient cooperation of all stakeholders is key. Up-to-date operational data supports this collaboration, enabling railway controllers to seamlessly and efficiently manage operational resources, make better informed decisions, and communicate more precisely in every situation.

To achieve the required standardisation and centralisation, railway infrastructure companies must overcome a few common challenges – finding solutions that meet the needs of various current and future roles within the organisation, integrating with existing ecosystems, being ready for future add-ons, and the ability to be implemented with minimal disruption to live systems. With its fixed-terminal system platform, Frequentis can help to overcome these obstacles, migrating toward Future Railway Mobile Communication System, and facilitating any digital radio network for unified communication.

 

Operations Communication Manager: Revolutionising the working position

The Operations Communication Manager (OCM) delivers the tools to support a next-generation working position for railway controllers. OCM unifies communications within a single Frequentis Audio Hub and a role-specific user interface.

 

On track for smooth railway operations

Break down the silos of applications in railway operations to enable new levels of efficiency, safety and service continuity. By aggregating all relevant information that controllers need to ensure smooth railway operations within a single user interface, the Operations Communication Manager enables a user experience of a new kind.

 

Legal recording

By capturing every interaction between control centres and transport operators, public transport organisations can improve operational efficiency and investigation of incidents. Discover more about advanced safety-critical recording with DIVOS here.

 

Client References

SBB – Switzerland
Wiener Linien
Irish Railways

Incident and Crisis Management

Railways are committed to delivering highly reliable, safe and punctual train services. Any deviation caused by an incident presents challenges to regular operations and reacting incorrectly can result in service disruptions. A modern incident management system must mitigate this risk, facilitating prompt service restoration while adhering to relevant rules and regulations. The Incident and Crisis Management (ICM) solution is a combined information, alerting and recording tool for the operational management of incidents and emergencies.

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Towards centralised operations

The ongoing shift from decentralised to centralised operations requires a holistic solution tailor-made to the needs of railway operators that connects all relevant stakeholders and streamlines their incident management workflow. Based on a comprehensive product suite, this solution leads the operator through incidents and emergencies, instantly identifying internal and external stakeholders, automating and streamlining the communication process, while also logging every activity to satisfy legal requirements.

 

Efficient and effective incident handling

The Incident and Crisis Management solution introduces a resolution workflow based on the time, location and classification of the occurrence in order to allow operators in the control centre and staff onsite to efficiently handle planned events, operational and technical incidents, as well as emergency and crisis situations. Supporting centralised and decentralised incident management structures, this solution also ensures safety management system compliant handling, as well as documentation and reporting of incidents. It is the right choice for any railway company looking for a cost-effective tool that can be deployed within a short timeframe.

Together with CNS Solutions, member of the Frequentis Group, we make efficient and effective incident handling happen.
 

Legal recording

By capturing every interaction between control centres and transport operators, public transport organisations can improve operational efficiency and investigation of incidents. Discover more about advanced safety-critical recording with DIVOS here.

Public Transport Videos

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Incident & Crisis Management for Railways

Discover how Austrian Federal Railways, ÖBB, and Sydney Trains have achieved successful incident management through centralsation and cooperation, allowing them to increase the speed at which incidents are resolved. The Frequentis Incident and Crisis Management solution is a combined information, alerting and recording tool for the operational management of incidents and emergencies. It leads the operator through events, instantly identifying internal and external stakeholders, automating and streamlining the communication process so that disparate teams can work together. It also logs every activity to satisfy legal requirements.


Frequentis Public Transport: Keeping railways on the move

More than 8,000 Frequentis dispatcher terminals are currently deployed in public transport control centres in over 25 countries. Discover how our globally recognised operations communication and incident management solutions support our customers´ safe and efficient train operations 24/7.


Incident & Crisis Management (Frequentis Explainer)

Train delays, capacity restrictions, accidents – railway incidents have negative impacts on regular rail operation. In a competitive environment, where rail companies must operate quickly, economically, reliably, punctually, and of course safely, incident management becomes a major differentiator.


Security (Frequentis Explainer)

Most control room operators have a strong focus on safety. Successful cyber-attacks can disrupt such critical procedures. IT security threats are one possible root cause for safety hazards.

Legislators globally have reacted to this problem by enacting new laws targeting cybersecurity of vital infrastructures. At the same time, integrating IT security practices with safety requirements is not necessarily easy as many common security practises conflict with safety. At times, organisations may feel that they are in a no-win scenario. So how can security be achieved in a safety-critical context?


Events

AusRail Plus 2021
30.11.2021 - 02.12.2021
Brisbane

2021 will bring new opportunities for rail and AusRAIL PLUS 2021 will champion the outstanding contribution of the rail industry in keeping people, goods and the economy moving. From Inland Rail and Cross River Rail in Brisbane, to Metro in Sydney and rollingstock upgrades in Victoria, the number of transformative rail projects underway across Australia and New Zealand highlights rail’s role in the recovery to support our long-term future.

AusRail Plus