NORWAY: National rolling stock owning company Norske Tog has awarded Siemens Mobility a six-year framework contract covering the supply of 570 GSM-R cab radios.
This aims to resolve issues with equipment obsolescence and interference from public 4G mobile network operators.
There is an option to upgrade the onboard equipment to the 5G Future Railway Mobile Communication System which will eventually replace GSM-R. Announcing the contract on July 22, Siemens Mobility said this was the first contract to be awarded for such an enhancement.
The contract also includes a 12-month trial of Siemens Mobility’s trainborne condition monitoring technology, which will support the remote real-time monitoring of track to facilitate preventive and predictive maintenance.
‘We have a long and proud record of developing and supplying GSM-R equipment for railway operators worldwide and our proven ability to develop bespoke solutions, as well as our flexible approach to installation, were key to our success in being awarded this contract’, said Rob Morris, Managing Director, Rail Infrastructure, for Siemens Mobility in the UK. ‘Our experienced design team has been working on the next generation FRMCS technology and to develop products and systems that will continue to meet our global customers’ requirements. We now have a system that will adapt and re-use existing onboard infrastructure, so significantly reducing the cost of change.’