SIGNAL+DRAHT | Ausgabe 03/2020

Challenges in GSM-R to FRMCS migration

März 2020 | Bernd Potthoff, Silvio Döring, Martin Becka, Stefan Lossau

The Future Railway Mobile Communication System (FRMCS) is the working title for the second generation of a common European digital radio system for railway operations. This new standard will gradually replace today’s digital GSM-R (Global System for Mobile Communications – Rail) train radio system in the 2020s and 2030s. Even though the specification of the new standard has not yet been completed and many countries will only start commissioning FRMCS in ten or more years, railroads should already be thinking strategically about how a migration from GSM-R to FRMCS can take place and which enormous operational, procedural and organisational challenges they will face...