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Asia Pacific Rail 2017 Event Highlights: Interview with Biren Parmar

Asia Pacific Rail was successfully organised from 21-22 March 2017. This year’s edition was our biggest and best yet, with more than 1,500 attendees from 668 organisation and 38 countries, cementing Asia Pacific Rail’s position as the must-attend annual gathering of APAC rail industry’s leaders and decision-makers. The Metro-Link Express for Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad (MEGA) is a mass transit rail system …

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Moxa: Deploying Advanced IP Cameras in the Challenging Light Conditions of Rolling Stock Environments

Whenever a person or surveillance system is trying to capture clear photographs or smooth video, light plays a very important role. Most people have taken a video and seen that the resulting footage is over or under exposed because the camera is unable to adapt to the challenging light environment. Trains are noted for being a particularly difficult environment to film in and several …

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Oasys: Pedestrian flow analysis emerging as key tool in keeping transport hubs operating smoothly by Oasy

Rail planners have become familiar with the use of crowd analysis software for  master planning and development of major transport hubs around the world. Now they are also seeing how it adds value in ongoing operational management and maintenance of their networks. Rail operating companies have been embracing the use of crowd analysis as a day-to-day operational management tool for …

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Paris metro LTE trial: the SYSTUF project and its results

As metro networks become busier, more capacity is required — not only for passengers, but also for operational applications and services. Conventional siloed radio networks, with their limited capacity, are not able to answer this need. A promising solution lies with a unified ground-to-train radio network based on 4G LTE technology. Nokia, within a consortium called SYSTUF, conducted a trial …

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The Asia Pacific growth train: making rail accessible to travel sellers and passengers by Amadeus

By Pierre-Yves Guillaume, Amadeus Half a century ago, Japan built the world’s first high-speed rail network – known as yume chotokkyu – literally, the “super-express of dreams.” Fast forward to today, high-speed rail has become a dream come true for travellers all around the world. The rail travel market has grown nearly tenfold in the past 25 years, and the growth is …

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Sweden’s transport operator Trafikverket builds a nationwide GSM-R & IP/ MPLS communications network to enhance safety and efficiency

Sweden’s national transportation agency, Trafikverket, is responsible for long-term infrastructure planning for road, rail, shipping and aviation. It owns, constructs, operates and maintains all state-owned railways and roads, as well as a large number of ferry services. Since 1990, Trafikverket has utilized a national transmission network for all communications critical to the safe operation of transportation traffic in Sweden. In recent years, train …

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The new landscape for railway operator communications

Transforming mission-critical communications for safe and efficient mainline, urban and freight operations The resurgence of rail in recent years continues to accelerate as authorities target railways as the backbone of national, regional and local transport. The  European Union, for example, aims for inter-city journeys of 1,000 km or less to be made by train by the mid-2020s. Substantial growth in …

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Norwegian railways deploys advanced nationwide communications network to enhance safety and efficiency

Jernbaneverket is Norway’s national railway administration, responsible for maintaining and operating rail infrastructure for the Ministry of Transport and Communication. Its system runs from Oslo in the south to the Arctic Circle, encompassing 4,230 km of track, 357 stations, over 700 tunnels and four data centers for transporting 61 million passengers and 30 million tons of cargo annually. Jernbaneverket relies heavily on its mission-critical communications …

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Financing & Funding Mega Rail Projects

The conception and construction of railway projects is a major investment decision for governments, involving huge investment and a long time to get from blueprint to operation. Whilst in much of Asia, direct government funding is a favoured approach, there are several other innovative funding mechanisms and strategies which can be applied to railway projects, and perhaps help get there …