The role of IP communications in the latest generation trackside communications systems

Clearly there are many ways data communications on the trackside can be used to enhance and improve the operation and sustainability of the railway infrastructure. The idea of intelligent infrastructure or remote asset monitoring is a good example of how systems and processes are changing in the rail industry. The rail network needs to work more efficiently; that trains need to run closer together and power needs to be managed and delivered more effectively are just two examples. To facilitate this change, a technology refresh of the communication infrastructure is required. The trend in recent years has been to replace the old style telecoms infrastructure with one based on IP (Internet protocol). This trend has been driven by events in the wider telecoms industry; virtually every major developed country now uses IP based backbone communications to carry voice and data. Despite this the transition from the legacy telecoms systems towards IP is not without issues: - The selection of equipment is crucial to operation and reliability. - How to reuse existing infrastructure - Transition management - Network resilience and maintainability - Network security or Cyber Security - Critical and non-critical data on the same network This white paper will focus on how the change can be managed and how data can be sent in a timely, secure and sustainable way in the challenging environment of the trackside.

Media Info

  • Pagination: 8p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: AusRAIL PLUS 2013, driving the costs out of rail, 26-28 November 2013, Canberra, ACT, Australia

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01532226
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 29 2014 12:02PM