8 / 3 / 2012
Whether Internet on board, e-ticketing, video monitoring, passenger counting, digital train control and safety systems or passenger information such as real-time information on stops, train connections and timetable changes. In today's rail traffic, optimum customer service is taken for granted just as much as a safe and comfortable journey. The requirements in terms of connectivity solutions increase as a result, as do the data volumes that need to be transmitted inside the train for these services.
For all these applications, independent networks must be installed in the train to ensure maximum data volumes securely and reliably at all times. The decisive factor here is selection of the appropriate high-performance connectivity components.
Future-proof product range
HUBER+SUHNER offers a broad product portfolio for network connections with high data transmission rates. With the proven RADOX® RAILCAT CAT5 cable, data can be distributed to the relevant systems and devices. As extremely high-performance products are required in the backbone of the train, HUBER+SUHNER has extended its portfolio with the new RADOX® RAILCAT CAT7 cable, which can transport 10 GBit of data per second. Moreover, RADOX® fiber optic cables are able to transmit the large data volumes required by today's information and security systems with ease. Terminated with the corresponding HUBER+SUHNER connectors, they offer an optimal solution. One challenge are Ethernet networks across a number of carriages. HUBER+SUHNER's Railway Cable Systems unit develops customer-specific inter-vehicle jumper systems for this purpose. Many railway operators already offer Internet on board. The necessary wireless network (WLAN) can be implemented using HUBER+SUHNER radio frequency products such as omnidirectional and unidirectional antennas. The flexible and low-loss cables reliably transmit the data between the internal antennas and the wireless access points.
Extensive expertise and experience
HUBER+SUHNER does not only supply the various components, but as a provider, offers complete connectivity solutions and many forms of technical support. At the local level, HUBER+SUHNER engineers provide consulting on selection and positioning of the products. Furthermore, customised solutions are also developed in Switzerland. «In addition to our excellent products, which are specially developed for the railway sector, it’s primarily our direct collaboration with our customers, our technological expertise and our many years of experience that distinguish us from our competitors,» explains Market Unit Manager Alun Thomas. «With HUBER+SUHNER, customers are able to freely combine connectivity solutions for networks in trains, regardless of the technologies the systems are based on.» A fast service for fast data in fast trains.