The gateway, S&T's embedded IoT technology solution, helps rail operator Thalys to provide passengers with data connectivity even on high-speed trains. In addition, the LoRaWAN-based network delivers improved customer service by analysing data from embedded sensors and enabling radio communication even at a speed of 300 km/h. This technology helps to reduce maintenance costs by providing maintenance servers with real-time data. It also offers Thalys passengers an efficient and seamless way to connect, share and receive data wirelessly.
The British rail infrastructure operator Network Rail has been working with Kontron Transportation since 2007. A strong program of cooperation has resulted in Kontron Transportation's GSM-R portfolio being deployed across the UK rail network without disruption to normal rail operations. The range of technologies is constantly being expanded. In the future, an overlay system will be implemented to support the introduction of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS). Kontron Transportation Austria supports Network Rail in the implementation of the Digital Railway Program to drive the introduction of modern digital technology for signalling and train control systems.
This is expected to increase transport capacity and safety by allowing trains to run at closer intervals, reducing delays and lowering costs across the rail network.