Chinese technology company Huawei has officially introduced a next-generation LTE-R Solution to facilitate wireless rail communications.

The latest solution, which is currently being deployed in China, was launched at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit 2019 in Stockholm.

Huawei designed its new offering to support 5G evolution and interconnectivity with GSM-R. The LTE-R Solution utilises LTE-R network to enable train control, dispatching, passenger information system (PIS), CCTV and other associated rail services.

The platform also supports multiple trunking services, such as Mission Critical Push-to-Talk (MCPTT) voice, video and data.

Along with LTE-R Solution, Huawei also released its Urban Rail Light Cloud and 5G Digital Indoor System (DIS) solutions to help operators in building safer and more efficient rail transportation systems.

The Urban Rail Light Cloud Solution utilises advanced virtualisation technologies to convert computing, storage, network and security resources from physical devices into virtual resources.

Subsequently, they can be allocated to application systems through virtual hosts, network or security devices.

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The solution allows integration of data centre devices, reducing device procurement and deployment costs. It is designed to support rail transport networks with low and medium passenger capacities.

The latest 5G DIS Solution, called 5G LampSite, leverages multiple advanced technologies to support both LTE and 5G.

The solution is designed to offer intelligent communications services to enable swift passenger flow management, security checks and ticketing.

Huawei Enterprise Business Group Global Transportation Business Unit president Eman Liu said: “For a seamless, interconnected environment across this system, rail operators need communications devices to collect data and digital platforms that integrate cloud, IoT, big data and AI to ensure secure, reliable and efficient operations.

“Huawei aims to help rail customers achieve digital transformation by offering the Urban Rail Cloud and rail operation communications solutions, as well as collaborating with global partners to move railways into the future.”