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All Aboard the FRMCS Express! Navigating the Future of Railway Communications

Ildefonso De La Cruz Morales  (Principal Analyst, Omdia)

Anatoli Levine  (Director, Products and Standards, Softil Inc.)

Kevin Graham  (CEO, The Critical Communications Association (TCCA))

Giacomo Bergamini  (Area Manager, Leonardo)

Location: W230C

Date: Thursday, March 28

Time: 10:50 am - 11:50 am

Track: Transportation

Topic: Broadband, Critical Infrastructure, Interoperability, Private Networks, Smart-X, Spectrum, System Resiliency

Format: Panel Session

Vault Recording: TBD

Global System for Mobile Communications–Railways (GSM-R) has served as the backbone of railway communications for decades. However, the looming shadow of obsolescence hangs over this 2G-based technology due to its restricted bandwidth and limitations in accommodating modern data applications.

As railway systems globally evolve towards a more integrated and data-driven future, more adaptable systems like Future Railway Mobile Communications Systems (FRMCS) stand as a pivotal advancement for railway communications.

FRMCS represents a technological leap, enabling seamless communications among various railways systems globally, crucial in fostering interoperability between different networks and devices. Its robustness ensures reliable and secure transmissions that support a wider range of services, including multimedia and data applications.

Moreover, FRMCS’s future-proof design accommodates emerging technologies ensuring scalability and adaptability to evolving needs. This adaptability allows for the integration of innovative technologies like 5G, IoT, and AI further enhancing railway operations and passenger experience.

During this session, attendees will hear details about the following topics:
  • Efforts towards standardization and global compatibility for seamless operations.
  • Insights into how FRMCS fosters interoperability among diverse systems.
  • Strategies for transitioning from GSM-R to FRMCS: timelines, challenges and best practices.