SIGNAL+DRAHT | Issue 07-08/2019

Railway communication as the backbone of railway digitisation

August 2019 | Jochen Nowotny

In a recent edition of Signal+ Draht, it was possible to read that “ GSM-R has been designed with a focus on railway operational requirements and it supports the required functionality quite well. The services offered by GSM-R have been field proven and deliver unmatched reliability. At the same time, however, GSM-R is facing challenges .” [2]. The challenge which immediately comes to mind when reading this is the term “old”. GSM-R is an old or, to put it nicely, “mature” technology and as such it has a use-by date....