Maintaining the momentum: telecommunications monitoring in a heavy haul railway

A core requirement of a Heavy Haul Railway is the use of an operational telecommunications network to provide distributed control networks for signalling systems, traction power, and other SCADA derived systems. For a Heavy Haul Rail network, telecommunications is present for the operation of control networks for train movement and train communications. Business communications (VOIP desk phones, Business LAN) is not a primary driver of the operational network topology and usage. The majority of business communications is concentrated in buildings and work spaces that are generally CBD based. Financial justifications demand an approach to meet corporate goals particularly with regard to Return on Investment Capital (ROIC). Operational telecommunications network upgrades and renewal is largely driven by technical obsolescence. This leads to monitoring of telecommunications nodes that span various disparate monitoring platforms and an upgrade of same is only possible by incremental step changes. An overall monitoring system promises a more heterogeneous management of primary alarms and the opportunity to summarise many alarms occurring as a single instance (e.g. an optical fibre break). This paper describes the journey to the present state of Heavy Haul Operational Telecommunication monitoring in Aurizon and the immediate and future challenges as demand for use by IOT (Internet Of Things) devices will challenge the scale and operation of network elements and devices.

Media Info

  • Pagination: 7p. ; PDF
  • Monograph Title: Maintaining the momentum: CORE 2016: conference on railway excellence, 16-18 May 2016, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Subject/Index Terms

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01636883
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: May 30 2017 3:30PM