Major European railway comms contracts awarded

Kontron has been awarded three major contracts to supply mission critical communications for railways in several countries across Europe. The deals – which are worth in excess on 100 million Euro – are in Ireland, Austria and Slovenia.

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According to a press release, in Ireland and Austria, the contracts will ensure “the continued evolution of the proven and standardised GSM-R [Global System for Mobile Communication – Railway] on the Iarnród Éireann and ÖBB networks respectively.”

In Slovenia meanwhile, the company is supplying the Divača–Koper railway, which connects the cargo port of Koper with the Slovenian, and wider European, railway network.

A spokesperson for the company said: “With these milestone contracts, Kontron Transportation underlines its strong capability to deploy mission-critical communication systems along current customer requirements. [It also] acts as a reliable and long-term partner along the technology evolution from GSM-R to Future Railway Mobile Communication Systems.
 
“The GSM-R solution provided by Kontron Transportation and its technology partners meets current and future requirements. Kontron’s methodology of maintaining the current mission-critical customer installations was [seen as] the most practical option, and also protected customer investments."

Richard Neussl, COO of Kontron Transportation, said: “As a driving force in the definition of future communication standards, we offer our customers the possibility of a smooth migration and coexistence between GSM-R and a next-generation mobile communication system.

“For this, we have developed a program that guarantees the availability of GSM-R maintenance and support for as long as customers need it.”