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GSM-R enables railway companies operate all their communications on a single, highly efficient platform, thus radically reducing operating costs as well as allowing more precise operation of trains.

It is our pleasure to invite you to attend SMi’s GSM for Railway conference. This event will enable you to participate in a highly innovative and informative two-day forum which will address all the current issues pertaining to today’s methods of rail communication.

GSM for Railway offers investors and rail network operators the chance to explore and discuss new communications opportunities with major potential throughout Europe. This unique conference will explore crucial issues in implementation, integration and harmonisation of wireless communications systems for a steadily unifying European rail network.

Indeed this conference is YOUR vital first step to incorporating all the most recent developments in rail communication. The conference offers you the opportunity to network with key decision-makers in Europe’s rail industry. Attend to discover the opportunities available to you and your organisation.

Conference programme

9:00 Registration and Coffee

9:30 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Curt Roth

Curt Roth, President, GSM Information Network

9:40 OVERVIEW OF GSM-R

Martin Frömel

Martin Frömel, Sales Director, GSM-R, Siemens Information and Communication Networks

  • A single platform for numerous applications
  • Key drivers for the implementation of GSM-R
  • The value chain for GSM-R
  • The latest developments in GSM-R
  • Solutions, not only products
  • 10:20 GSM NETWORK DESIGN

    John Kelliher

    John Kelliher, Business Development Director, Freshfield Communications

  • Derivation of propagation models for GSM-R networks using multi-variant optimisation
  • Results of the network performance of commercial GSM network performance on the Heathrow Express on commercial GSM networks
  • GSM network performance optimisation through tunnels and on metro systems - nationwide
  • Introduction to automatic self-regulating network deployment - automatic generation of BCCH, BSIC, TCH, HSN and MAIO
  • Incorporating engineering test mobile data into the AFP for optimal performance
  • Simulating the effects of FH, PC, VAD/DTX on the performance of GSM-R
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 RAILWAY REQUIREMENTS

    Christel Martini

    Christel Martini, Head of Business Unit, Development DB, Mannesmann Arcor

  • Participation in new technologies
  • Modernising telecom infrastructures
  • Improving service levels
  • Ways of improving the public telecoms market: the outsourcing of telecoms activities; entering into joint ventures; products for the public and railway market
  • 12:00 ANALOGUE TO DIGITAL

    Glyn Owen

    Glyn Owen, Engineering Manager, Siemens Transportation Systems

  • Current use of analogue radio systems on the railway
  • Planned use of digital radio systems on the railway
  • Migration issues and solutions
  • Future developments
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 RAIL MODERNISATION

    Peter Fischer

    Peter Fischer, GSM-R Project Leader, Kapsch

  • Architecture of GSM-R mobile stations for locomotives
  • Railway-specific functions and interfaces
  • Requirements for train-borne mobile stations and how they can be met
  • Multi-mobile station environment
  • Type approval for GSM-R mobile stations
  • Dual-mode analogue / GSM-R equipment
  • 14:40 GSM TERMINALS

    Dr. Ulrich Geier

    Dr. Ulrich Geier, Leader of the GSM-R Terminals Competence Centre, Nortel Networks

  • Types of GSM-R terminal
  • Network integration complexity of GSM-R terminals
  • Stepwise approach of network integration
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 GSM’S EVOLUTION

    Christophe Robillard

    Christophe Robillard, Product Line Management - GSM-R, Nortel Networks

  • Status update, GSM and GSM-R evolution
  • The impact of data growth and GPRS
  • Solutions for GSM-R capacity issues
  • Continued improvement of GSM-R business case
  • 16:20 DIGITAL TESTING

    Clive Rodmell

    Clive Rodmell, Senior Principal Engineer, IFR

  • Obsolescence of traditional analogue test methods
  • Comparison of test methods for GSM and TETRA
  • Impact of radio performance on network integrity
  • Effects of GSM-R co-existence with GSM and TETRA
  • Test priorities for professional rail users
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    9:00 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:30 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Nick Illsley

    Nick Illsley, Chief Executive, NRES, Association of Train Operating Companies

    9:40 VOICE AND DATA COMMUNICATION IN THE UNITED STATES

    Edwin Kemp

    Edwin Kemp, General Director, Wireless Systems Engineering, Union Pacific

  • Importance of interoperability in the United States and the need for standards
  • Overview of integrated low and medium volume data with voice communications
  • Comparison between GSM-R and APCO Project 25
  • Technologies under review for train control wireless links
  • 10:20 UK RAIL OPERATOR CASE STUDY

    Jon Fisher

    Jon Fisher, Communications Manager, English Welsh and Scottish Railways

  • The Short Message Service
  • Three-year managed mobile service connecting train crews with depots
  • SMS and flexibility in meeting operational requirements
  • The further expansion of SMS
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 AN EVALUATION OF GSM-R

    Dr. Hans-Werner Renz

    Dr. Hans-Werner Renz, Manager for Radio Applications and Communications, Alcatel

  • The benefits of GSM-R
  • Importance for a railway authority
  • The economic implications of GSM-R
  • GSM-R’s requirements from existing railway infrastructure
  • 12:00 ALTERNATIVE MOBILE USAGE

    Risto Toikkanen

    Risto Toikkanen, Manager, TETRA Product Marketing, Nokia

  • Status of TETRA in Europe
  • Spectrum efficiency, selectable data rates and trunking schemes
  • Railway-specific features of TETRA
  • Modifications to TETRA specification in 1998 and 1999
  • Implementation issues associated with TETRA
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 STUDIES ON TETRA SYSTEMS

    Max Zerbst

    Max Zerbst, Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, Rohde and Schwarz, Bick Mobilfunk

  • High speed communication between track and train
  • Compliance with ETCS
  • Interconnection with existing communications systems
  • Fixed-to-mobile convergence
  • Implications for train control, safety and tracking
  • 14:40 MIGRATION FROM ANALOGUE SYSTEMS

    Les Giles

    Les Giles, Technical Consultant, Racal Telecom

  • Technical difficulties to such a transition
  • The interaction between dedicated and public networks
  • Integrating GSM-R into other railway systems
  • Overview of other major railway communcation systems
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 DATATRAK

    Simon Drummond

    Simon Drummond, Business Development Manager, Securicor Information Systems

  • The benefits of near real time train location using GPS and Datatrak
  • Datatrak communications - regular automatic train location updates, remote telemetry communication, two-way mobile data communciations, emergency telemetry communications, emergency alarm activations
  • The importance of network and system resilience
  • Implementation of systems issues
  • 16:20 FINAL COMMENTS

    Barrie Shepherd

    Barrie Shepherd, Senior Consultant, Halcrow Transmark

  • Is there a market outside of Europe?
  • Will it be right first time?
  • Will other systems overtake GSM-R?
  • Can GSM-R co-exist with other systems?
  • Can rural lines benefit?
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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