Mass transport communication is complicated:
So how can you deliver effective radio communications for metros and railways? These five tips will help you get started:
A single digital radio network can connect staff from diverse areas of the operation, including:
Look for features that make life simple, such as special applications to streamline dispatching. With a TETRA system from Airbus, for example, you can:
With mass transport radio communication, drivers keep in touch with dispatchers, station and security personnel via the vehicle's radio.
But what if drivers need to leave the train? The right radio network gives drivers their own handsets, so they can stay in touch even when they leave the cab.
Say a passenger pulls the emergency handle, and the driver leaves the cab to investigate. With TETRA radio communications, the driver can press the emergency button on the radio and activate silent audio monitoring. If trouble's brewing, the dispatcher will know and can hear what's happening and identify where.
With TETRA radio communications from Airbus, you can also define communication groups by location, letting users call everyone in their vicinity. That way, you don't need to set up lots of separate local communication groups.
And service personnel can use the data capabilities of their TETRA handsets to report maintenance or other issues without having to show up at the office to fill out forms or make reports.
With the right radio communication system, you can offer passengers extra, real-time information, such as
Airbus has successfully implemented more than 240 digital communication networks, a great many with coverage underground. And the rapid handovers in Airbus systems provide reliable coverage at ground speeds of more than 550 kilometers an hour. Plus, our powerful base stations let metro operators build coverage cost effectively.
Old radio communication equipment can become unreliable. Spare parts get harder to find, and old products don't offer the capabilities that modern users need.
A good rule of thumb is to upgrading systems that are more than 15 years old.
You'll be able to achieve significant communications improvements.
The new generation of mass transit systems call for a new generation of radio communications. More established rail networks may be able to gain a competitive edge through an upgrade.
Either way, a reliable new digital radio communication system may be the best way to keep drivers and stations connected with their controllers.