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Radio Frequency components used in the Wi-Fi hotspot on the Fan Mile in Berlin

September saw the start of the pilot phase of a public gigabit Wi-Fi access point on the famous Fan Mile in Berlin, Germany. HUBER+SUHNER is providing Wi-Fi antennas and coaxial cables, thus playing its part in enabling users in the area to surf, chat and stream for free for 30 minutes.

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InnoTrans 2018
InnoTrans 2018

InnoTrans is the leading international trade fair for transport technology and takes places every two years in Berlin.
A unique feature of InnoTrans is its outdoor and track display area, where everything from tank wagons to high-speed trains are displayed on 3 500 metres of track.

18/9/2018 - 21/9/2018
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Control center, stations & depots

Control center, stations & depots
Challenge
A large number of networks are being built in stations, train depots and control centers to provide a service for various applications:
  • Mobile communication for passengers
  • Wi-Fi for passengers
  • Wi-Fi for staff: This allows the exchange of all operative data required by the rail network operator and staff, for example for ticket machines or mobile devices for inspectors.
  • Data download from and to the train: Transfer of all operative data from and to the train that is required by the rail network operator and train staff, for example regular data downloads in shunting yards or stations or CCTV data.
  • Data transfer control center: Data connection to and from devices in the station, for example ticket machines or passenger displays.
Application areas
  1. Establishment of networks inside buildings and stations
  2. Establishment of control centers

1. Establishment of networks inside buildings and stations
Generally multiple networks are established:

Using cellular networks: in-building coverage / distributed antenna systems
Most passengers also expect a stable cellular network for using their mobile phones and surfing the net in busy areas such as stations. Using in-building coverage and distributed antenna systems, cellular network operators establish these networks inside stations to provide a stable broadband connection.

Solution
HUBER+SUHNER can also provide an extensive range of connectivity solutions for such Connectivity solutions.

Wi-Fi
Some mobile communication providers provide their own Wi-Fi hotspots for passengers in stations. This increases bandwidth and also enables stable networks to be provided. At the same time, rail network operators are building their own wireless networks to ensure operative mobile data communication.

Wired networks
Devices such as video surveillance cameras, passenger information displays or ticketing machines in stations need to be connected to the operator’s optical communication network. Depending on the chosen network architecture, a variety of optical components is used to interface these devices and these are part of the HUBER+SUHNER product portfolio.


2. Establishment of control centers
In general train operators set up different types of control centers:

Control centers for train stations and mission-critical infrastructure equipment:
In this case, data from remote devices located in train stations or along the track is collected at the control center. This allows personal control to monitor the status of equipment such as ticket machines, passenger counting systems, power sub stations, air conditioning systems in sub stations, level crossings, and much more.

Control centers for traffic management and supervision
These control rooms monitor and supervise the train traffic on a given line or an entire network of lines. They enable the continuous implementation of adaptive measures in order to cope with the actual operation conditions.

Solution
HUBER+SUHNER offers connectivity solutions for the equipment rooms of these control centers. fiber optic and copper components are the primary choices for data transmission in these cases.
 

Related Products

Antennas for Connected Mobility

HUBER+SUHNER develops and produces robust, small form factor antennas for various industrial applications.

SENCITY Spot-L

SENCITY Spot-L

Directional high gain WLAN / WiFi / ISM band antenna for indoor and outdoor applications.

The SENCITY Spot-L WiFi antenna is a high gain directional WiFi antenna for outdoor applications.

Features:

  • Robust, high performing WiFi antenna
  • Supports WiFi according to IEE 802.11 b/g, 802.11 a/h or 802.11 n
  • UL94-HB flammability rating
  • IP rating: IP 67

SENCITY Spot-M

SENCITY Spot-M

Directional high gain WLAN / WiFi / ISM band antenna for indoor and outdoor applications.

The SENCITY Spot-M antenna is a medium gain and linear polarised directional WiFi-antenna for outdoor applications.

Features:

  • Robust, high performing WiFi antenna
  • Supports WiFi according to IEEE 802.11 b/g or 802.11 a/h
  • UL 94-HB flammability rating
  • IP rating: IP67

SENCITY Spot-S

SENCITY Spot-S

Small, directional medium gain WLAN / WiFi / ISM / DECT / cellular band antenna. Variants available optimised for harsh industrial, railway or indoor environment.

Both, vertical-polarised and dual-slant versions are available. Basically the design is ready to support N, TNC, SMA, QN and QMA interfaces either in the 2.4 GHz or in the 5 GHz frequency-band.

Features:

  • Supports WiFi according to IEEE 802.11 b/g/n WiFi band 2.4-2.485 GHz
  • Railway rolling stock: Approved according to EN 50155 (2007)  and EN 45545-2 (2012)
  • Railway and telecommunications on track-side: EN 50125-3 (2003)
  • IP ranking IP 66 and IP 67

SENCITY Spot-M Yagi

SENCITY Spot-M Yagi

Directional high gain WLAN / WiFi antenna for railway trackside and tunnel applications.

This linear-polarised and directional WiFi antenna was specially developed for the market and application-specific requirements of CBTC (Communication-Based Train Control) systems, especially for installation in tunnels and along tracks.

Key features

  • Linear-polarised, directional Yagi antenna with 14 dBi gain
  • Extremely robust and compact design
  • The enclosed bracket allows installation on walls and masts, bracket included

Standards

  • Supports WiFi as per IEEE 802.11 b/g 14 dBi high gain version
  • Meets railway-specific environmental requirements as per EN 50125-3
  • Meets railway-specific fire protection requirements as per EN 45545-2

FO cable systems

Pre-assembled, ready to connect: Assemblies and cable systems from HUBER+SUHNER guarantee the rapid and safe installation of reliable connections - even in the field. These solutions are used for a range of different indoor and outdoor applications.

MASTERLINE Classic (MLC)

MASTERLINE Classic (MLC)

Multi-riser cable with distribution box


MASTERLINE Classic uses separate multi-fiber and multi-conductor copper riser cables that are connected to mast mounted FTTA/PTTA distribution boxes which are then linked to the RRHs with short jumper cables. Traditionally multi-riser cables with distribution boxes have been the preferred solution for multi-RRH installations, however with the increasing number of remote radios per site mast space limitations and wind loading have become critical issues to operators.
Moreover some operators can incur extra leasing costs for every box placed on the mast, thus distribution box based systems are gradually being superseded by box-less solutions like MASTERLINE Extreme (see  page 42). In general, the installation method with boxes is cost effective and offers installation flexibility but it does require handling and connecting of indoor LC connectors at the mast-top distribution box. Many operators want to avoid the risk of opening and maintaining mast-top boxes by non-trained or non-authorised persons.

MASTERLINE Extreme

MASTERLINE Extreme

Multi-riser cable with compact divider

MASTERLINE Extreme with Q-ODC-2 connectors is an efficient solution in terms of ease of installation, cost and required space on the mast. The compact divider minimises the wind-load and can be fed through small holes (80 mm diameter). The ruggedised push-pull connector Q-ODC allows the installer to connect the RRH jumper cables with a single "click", making it a genuine "plug & play" cabling system. MLE with Q-ODC is available to support up to 12 remote radios.
MASTERLINE Extreme with one Q-ODC-12 connector allows the installer to connect 6 RRH jumper cables with a single "click" and can even be installed through holes with a diameter of 20 mm. The Q-ODC-12 connector has the highest fiber density, based on the proven QN push-pull mating system and can connect 12 fibers in one mating step.
MASTERLINE Extreme is the preferred choice of network installers who require trouble free, reliable and efficient field deployments. HUBER+SUHNER`s MASTERLINE Extreme product family is unique in the market and provides the best value for money.

MASTERLINE Ultimate (MLU)

MASTERLINE Ultimate (MLU)

Multi-riser cable with compact connector head

MASTERLINE Ultimate is HUBER+SUHNER’s most innovative fiber optic cabling system for remote radio installations. The pre-connectorised factory-sealed fiber optic systems support up to 12 RRHs and connect the remote radios with easy-to-install Q-ODC fiber optic jumpers.

The robust connector head with an integrated pulling eye allows easy cable lifting without the need for hoisting grips. The encapsulated connector head can be directly attached to the mast with a single "click" at a pre-mounted adaptor plate. These unique features make MASTERLINE Ultimate the best-in-class product in terms of ease of mast-top installation, installation robustness and efficiency.

FO connectors

HUBER+SUHNER offers a wide range of fiber optic connectors optimised for both indoor and outdoor applications. Customer-specific connectors are also available in addition to a comprehensive standard product portfolio. In response to the rapid increase in requirements on different markets, HUBER+SUHNER develops innovative products tested in accordance with international standards. All fiber optic connectors meet the highest mechanical and thermal specifications.

fiber optic interfaces for rail

HUBER+SUHNER is the leading supplier of compact harsh environment fiber optic interfaces. Railway equipment is installed in many different types of environments where climatic and mechanical conditions are often severe, either for rolling-stock or for ground applications. Therefore robustness and reliability are crucial for the design of railway equipment interfaces. Additionally, the interface needs to be safe to install and must not cause any installation errors – this is essential to compensate for unskilled installers. Innovation and field-experience enables HUBER+SUHNER to design leading interfaces for Rail equipment like the ODC, Q-ODC and Q-XCO.
For applications in protected environment, HUBER+SUHNER also manufactures standard optical connectors and assemblies based on conventional designs such as LC, SC, ST or MTP.

LC connector

LC connector

The LC connector is established because of its small size and its very reliable connecting quality. In the last five years it has become the most popular connector in the world. To match the different customer needs, HUBER+SUHNER has enhanced the portfolio consistently. The HUBER+SUHNER LC-XD is taking the LC to a completely new level in packing density and handling.

MTP connector

MTP connector

The MTP® portfolio is designed for high density environments using an ultra-compact cable diameter, a bend optimised fiber and flexible cable construction offering a high fiber count. The MTP® trademark stands for highest performance and reliability requirements in the field and is fully compliant with IEC Standard 61754-7 and TIA 604-5 – Type MPO.

SC connector

SC connector

SC is one of the most common product for reliable networks and is therefor globally used. With its one-piece design, it also provides an easy termination. Handling is comfortable due to its push-pull mechanism.

ST connector

ST connector

ST was the first established standard in the fiber optic market with a bayonet mechanism. The ST is often used in industrial and security applications.

Radio frequency cables

Some products cannot be allocated in any of the three main lines. They are consolidated in the speciality cable line. It includes special designs like odd impedance, twinax or triax cables. A selection of low-noise coax and triax cables is also available. Cables with special qualification, for instance in accordance with railway norms like EN 45545 or in accordance with UL are also listed in this section.

RF railway cables

RF railway cables

RADOX® RF coax cables are specifically developed for the rail market and are fully compliant with the European rail norm EN45545. Standard RG types can be replaced by RADOX® RF cables from a dimensional point of view while being low smoke and flame resistant due to the RADOX® jacket material. Additional coax railway cables are also available with extra low loss designs.

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