French train manufacturer Alstom and Huawei have launched the first live testing of a long-term evolution (LTE) multi-services broadband radio network technology for the metro market.
The LTE pilot test follows a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between both the companies in April.
According to the agreed terms, Huawei will provide the LTE network and Alstom will provide the train and LTE-compliant onboard equipment. Testing will be carried out at Alstom’s Valenciennes site in France.
The system will provide metro operators with a single wireless infrastructure that offers mission critical voice communication, secure train signalling and broadband data communication, such as live video streaming of surveillance cameras.
The solution complements Alstom’s communication-based train control (CBTC) solution Urbalis and will reduce operating costs, as well as offer quicker passenger information and higher train availability.
Alstom will supply LTE technology in a converged and powerful multi-service solution by the end of this year.
Huawei’s LTE solution has already been deployed in a number of rail projects.
In July, Alstom delivered a new signalling system to be equipped on the Málaga Metro in Spain under a €15.4m contract that was awarded in 2006.
The signalling system is based on Alstom’s Urbalis 400 CBTC solution, which provides real-time information about the train’s location using radio communication.
Image: Urbalis Fluence. Photo: courtesy of Alstom Transport.