Huawei continues to demonstrate rail communication innovation at Middle East Rail 2013
- United Arab Emirates: Wednesday, January 30 - 2013 at 15:34
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Huawei Technologies announced it will reveal its latest railway communication solutions, including its GSM-R, metro solution and 4Gbased technologies, at the Middle East Rail in Dubai, to be held on 5-7 February.
The Middle East and especially the GCC is seeing increased investment in rail technology. Currently rail projects worth over $100bn are being developed in the GCC. The most ambitious project is the GCC Rail Network, which will span all six GCC nations linking each of the member states in a regional railway network. When completed in 2017, the network is likely to change the face of transport and logistics in the region. It will offer enormous efficiencies in transportation, as well as furthering the vision of a closely-integrated regional community.
Rabii Ouadi, Head of Business Development, Transportation Solutions at Huawei Enterprise, Middle East and North Africa, commented ahead of the event, "Within the next 10 years the transportation infrastructure in the Middle East will dramatically change, with countries around the region becoming interlinked and and becoming a more tight knit community. Huawei looks forward to attending the Middle East Rail event and getting even more involved in helping to shape the future of rail transport in the region. Through our recent appointment to provide GSM-R, transmission and datacom solutions for the 260km of the Etihad Rail project our GSM-R technology will deliver efficient communication by enabling the transmission of voice and data communication between rail track and on-board systems that enhances railway safety operations."
This year, Huawei will focus on its solutions in the 4G technology that is set to dramatically enhance passenger experience onboard the train. Another focus will be Huawei's GSM-R, a reliable and secure communication system developed especially for railways to enable seamless contact between train drivers and control dispatchers on station platforms. Datacom, Transmission Networks; ICT solutions for metro and urban rail, and Intelligent Video Surveillance solutions that are critical to the construction and operation of modern railway infrastructure will also be addressed during the event.
Mr. Ouadi added, "Looking towards the future of railway networks, communication providers believe that networks will ultimately use 4G LTE technology for all railway communication systems. Huawei is diligently researching and developing more railway features based on LTE, with the vision of ultimately merging and having only one single communication system infrastructure."
As a key participant and speaker at the event, Huawei has rail experts who will present its portfolio of railway ICT solutions, designed to address specific challenges related to GCC railway projects for both the train and metro. Highlights of how we are moving to the Digital train age will be discussed, along with another presentation entitled: "Smooth evolution built-in: how High Speed Railway Communications paves the way for train-ground broadband communication." A panel discussion will also be held on the first day, inviting industry international rail consultants, including Huawei, to provide their insights for ways that Middle East rail operators can increase their passenger numbers.
Huawei already has regional experience in providing mobile transmissions network for the Dubai Metro Green Line and is currently working on the Etihad Rail project providing the core network infrastructure with GSM-R, MSN (Multi-Service Networks) and a Masterclock.
Currently Huawei is collaborating with the European Rail Agency (ERA) to develop the future of LTE for railway networks. As a global player with impressive references in the rail and metro sector, Huawei will create synergies between different technologies with a view to laythe foundations for future railway networks in Europe and in the Middle East... To date, Huawei has successfully deployed networks and communication solutions in China with similar projects underway in Australia, Central Asia, Turkey, and South Africa for GSM-R and in many parts of the world for Rail and Metro transmission data solutions, including Europe and North Africa
Train-ground wireless network, based on 4G technology, enhances the passenger's experience on board a high speed train by allowing for onboard broadband internet and mobile coverage. Enabling passengers to video-call home and connect to the office over wifi or cellular networks, passengers can also keep track of their travel itinerary through integrated scheduling and ticketing systems: all accessible by downloading an application on their smart phones. Railway operators will also have the ability to share information on journey updates, passenger and train status as well as being able to keep a close eye on physical security issues by using the latest CCTV monitoring equipment.
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