Kapsch delivers communication technology to Spanish high-speed line

1 April 2012 (Last Updated April 1st, 2012 18:30)

Kapsch CarrierCom has implemented a new train security and communication solution on 87km of high-speed rail line in the north-west of Spain.

Kapsch CarrierCom has implemented a new train security and communication solution on 87km of high-speed rail line in the north-west of Spain.

The train security and communication technology includes GSM-R and the European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 1, making it ready for installation of ETCS Level 2 / European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS).

Kapsch CarrierCom was responsible for supplying the Base Station Subsystem (BSS) GSM-R system, including network design, network integration and optimisation to the project.

The company also delivered all site infrastructure for implementation of the GSM-R network along public operators to provide indoor coverage to the train passengers.

Work in the project involved related civil and power works, construction of towers and masts, as well as radio frequency equipment and aerials.

Kapsch has installed two Base Station Controllers (BSC) and TransCoder Units (TCU), 25 GSM-R Base Transceiver Stations (BTS) and 87 optical GSM-R repeaters along the track.

All site infrastructures are related to 30 BTS sites and 29 masts for GSM-R and public operator's repeaters. Spain opened the line in December 2011 and Kapsch delivered the project within one year.

The railway line links Orense and Santiago and passes through 29km of tunnels along the mountainous, cutting journey time between two Spanish cities from 90 to 38 minutes.

The company said its GSM-R technology has been installed in 70,000km of rail track.