Axell Wireless extends wireless coverage for Lainzer train tunnel in Vienna with multiband network

Date: Wed, 05/20/2009 - 19:25

Passengers able to access the Internet and make calls underground; also meets latest public safety requirements
Axell Wireless extends wireless coverage for Lainzer train tunnel in Vienna with multiband network

A multi-band radio system deployed by Axell Wireless, the wireless coverage and public safety services specialist, will provide seamless wireless coverage throughout the giant Lainzer train tunnel in Vienna. The system, which caters for Multiband public safety system including Tetra and analogue, GSM-R, GSM and 3G signals, will meet all the communication requirements of the rail network, emergency services and mobile network operators, ensuring that mobile users will be able to make calls and access the internet as they travel underground. The system is also designed to provide  DVB-H video broadcasting  as this is rolled out. The system has been designed by Axell Wireless to meet the specifications of Austrian rail network ÖBB, with the dual purpose of providing wireless coverage for public safety and public networks. At the public safety layer, the system provides coverage for GSM-R (Global System for Mobile Communications - Railway) and TETRA (terrestrial trunked radio). The second layer provides coverage across the GSM spectrum for commercial mobile networks, including 3G and allowing mobile subscribers to access voice and data services over both their handsets and laptops.
TETRA, a two way radio standard used by the emergency services, is required on all new underground installations to meet European safety standards. Axell Wireless is a leading TETRA and GSM-R integration vendor, and provided ÖBB with the latest digital standards to meet the requirements of the Vienna Fire Brigade and other emergency services.
The rail network operator, ÖBB, commissioned telecoms solutions provider, Kapsch CarrierCom, to install the system and Axell Wireless has provided the system’s software and hardware equipment. The public safety features include an automatic signal level control and an integrated alarm system that is fully redundant, and which will still trigger an alarm in the event of a power failure. 
Ian Brown, CEO of Axell Wireless, said: “Any multiband radio network is going to be a challenge to deploy, as you need to integrate a number of different frequencies and services while ensuring there are no interference issues. The Lainzer Tunnel project needed to incorporate provision for commercial mobile network standards and take account of the EU directive to include TETRA in any new installation. Axell Wireless simplified what could have been a very complex process by integrating all the separate elements into the network, meaning we are now the sole point of contact going forwards.”
“With Axell Wireless on board we were able to install a communications system that will meet all of the customer’s specifications while avoiding the complications of a multivendor project. What could have been a time consuming project to ensure we delivered complete network access by the tunnel to be efficient and cost effective”, said Thomas Schöpf, Member of the Board, Kapsch CarrierCom AG.

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