Alcatel-Lucent has become a member of the Europe-wide rail industry association Unife to expand the role of communications technology in safe, sustainable and efficient rail transportation.
Unife represents companies engaged in the design, manufacture, maintenance and refurbishment of rail transport systems and aims to develop and implement a safe, sustainable rail network across Europe.
Information and communications technology (ICT) is playing a major role in the modernisation of railways, and rail operators are opting for technology to improve the safety and efficiency of operations, as well as the passenger experience, with better information and communications services, according to Alcatel-Lucent.
Unife said that rail operators are trying to leverage ICT to improve the safety and efficiency of rail operations, as well as the passenger experience, through better information and communications services.
Unife has also invited Alcatel-Lucent to lead its telecommunication working groups to address the new service needs of rail operators, infrastructure managers, passengers and freight companies.
Director general of Unife Philippe Citroën said that as rail travel grows in popularity across Europe, Unife is fostering research in new technologies and the adoption of European-wide policies that will enable a competitive and interoperable rail network.
"With telecommunications playing an increasingly important role in these objectives, we are pleased to welcome Alcatel-Lucent as a new member of UNIFE, to leverage the company’s technological expertise in this field."
The news coincides with the announcement of Alcatel-Lucent’s contract to provide a communications system for a new high-speed rail line between Albacete and Alicante in Spain.