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The Connected Train - Making it Happen

Working with the ICT KTN and the Railway Industry Association (RIA), the Transport KTN helped organise a workshop late last year aimed at improving voice and data communications between train and shore.  While the technology exists, is proven and is being used successfully in some parts of the network, in many parts of the network it still falls short of passenger expectations and the potential that can be achieved for industry purposes.  Facilitated by Arthur D Little (ADL), the workshop sought to explore how the situation could be improved with a particular focus on business models.

 

The half-day workshop which took place on the 5th September was well attended by senior representatives from Train Operating Companies, Network Rail, a rolling stock owner, Mobile Network Operators, Suppliers, Ofcom, ORR and RSSB.  Francis How, Technical Director of RIA, set the context for afternoon before Mike Short of O2/Telefonica and President of the IET stimulated the workshop with his thinking on the issue.  ADL then facilitated a series of workshop activities.

 

Key messages from the workshop are the need for business cases to draw on multiple benefits to be viable.  Such benefits can accrue to a diverse range of stakeholders, so there needs to be strong leadership and collaboration in place to connect these disparate parties.  The case for rural routes is particularly challenging and government intervention may be necessary.  On other routes, competition with other transport modes may provide sufficient incentive for operators to invest, and on high density (community) routes there may be sufficient utilisation for the Mobile Network Operators to see justification.  The installation of Mobile Communication Gateways (MCGs) is seen as the best solution to overcoming challenges of wireless penetration inside carriages; a technical standard is required that supports an open architecture aligned with emerging international standards to avoid bespoke solutions specific to GB.

 

A report on the workshop is now available to members of the Transport KTN by clicking here, while the Executive Summary is more widely available and can be viewed by clicking here.

 

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