Control center, stations & depots
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.
1. Establishment of networks inside buildings and stations
Generally multiple networks are established:
Using cellular networks: in-building coverage / distributed antenna systems
- Establishment of networks inside buildings and stations
- Establishment of control centers
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.
HUBER+SUHNER can also provide an extensive range of connectivity solutions for such Connectivity solutions.
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.
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.
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.
HUBER+SUHNER develops and produces robust, small form factor antennas for various industrial applications.
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.
HUBER+SUHNER is the global leader for remote radio installation solutions. We have a comprehensive offering of FTTA (fiber-to the-antenna), PTTA (power-to-the-antenna) and HTTA (hybrid-to-the-antenna) products, which are tailored to the customer’s needs. We advise operators about which installation methods are available and what their advantages are. We are experts on how to make savings on installation costs and how expensive follow-up costs can be saved. HUBER+SUHNER implements future-proof passive cable network infrastructures, which are compatible with all system vendor products and endure the future generations of active equipment.
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.
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.