Sepura Group's Teltronic has completed integration of its Tetra solution with Siemens' European Train Control System (ETCS Level 2) application.
The latest development certifies the viability of Tetra for railway signalling solutions.
Tests carried out by Teltronic at Siemens facilities in Berlin have revealed that Tetra meets all QoS parameters outlined in the Eirene specifications (Subset 093), relating to railway communications.
The solution uses Sepura's Nebula infrastructure and EN50155 onboard equipment and will provide an alternative for operators using long-distance communications networks to control trains that are ETCS-enabled.
Sepura transport business development director Felipe Sanjuan Pasamar said: "This integration paves the way for Tetra to offer the railway transportation sector secure, efficient and cost-effective communications systems, even across significant distances.
"It also continues our long-term cooperation with Siemens, begun with our master agreement signed in 2011, and proven over projects such as Mozambique's Moatize-Nacala Corridor; Warsaw Metro, Poland; and Monterrey Metro, Mexico."
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ETCS is expensive to deploy in areas such as Australia, South America, Africa and East Europe or among mining and freight transport lines where long-distances need to be covered.
Offering voice and signalling data services through a single infrastructure, Tetra allows transport operators to tackle their daily operational challenges with a secure solution.
An initiative to migrate the existing GSM-R system for ETCS Level 1 signalling to the government's national Tetra Network is already underway in Finland.