Siemens Mobility will use Softil’s BEEHD cross-platform client framework software development kit (SDK) to develop Long Term Evolution-Railway (LTE-R) solutions, along with mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) solutions for use in metros, tram buses and other similar applications.

According to a joint announcement by the two companies, the Softil BEEHD framework is LTE-R compatible and will enable Siemens Mobility's solutions to deliver stable voice as well as data communications on trains running at speeds in excess of 400km/h. LTE-R enables real-time train location tracking, along with multimedia-based group calling and SMS services on top of voice call services. It also allows real-time group/individual communication between train engineers and control centres.

"The rail industry is facing unprecedented challenges in handling increasing numbers of passengers and freight traffic loads," said Russell Clarke, general manager, mobile communications at Siemens Mobility. "After careful analysis of market options, Siemens Mobility chose Softil's BEEHD client technology as the outstanding Software Development Kit (SDK) for our developers to build best-of-breed LTE-R communications solutions for the rail industry in the shortest timeframe."

"The rail industry is at the forefront of the mission-critical communication revolution and GSM-R based systems have already been replaced by LTE-R solutions in Asia Pacific (APAC) and the trend is expected to widen across other markets in 2019/20," said Pierre Hagendorf, Softil's CEO. "With Softil's BEEHD client framework at the heart of Siemens Mobility's next generation LTE-R offerings, the rail industry will have a range of supremely reliable solutions packed with rich communication features."

Author: Sam Fenwick