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Collaborative opportunities - Europe’s first 5G rail deployment, ADVA achieves seamless multi-Gbit/s connectivity to trains traveling at speed in a fully operational environment

Posted by Danielle Dawson

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Dear collaboration community,

We are ADVA, a company founded on innovation. For over two decades, our technology has empowered networks across the globe. We’re continually developing breakthrough hardware and software, based upon open connectivity solutions. Our technology enables our customers to deliver mobile services that are vital to today’s society and for imagining new tomorrows.

 We have a wealth of experience in the mobile marketplace and would welcome the opportunity to get involved with your DCMS bids. We can provide hardware, software and technical expertise in the area of 5G and networking solutions. As you know from our initial post available on the link below.

https://uk5g.org/connect/collaborate/173-5g-mobile-o-ran-edge-compute-opportunities/

January 2020 ADVA announced that it has successfully demonstrated Europe’s first 5G rail deployment in an operational environment. Using a combined optical and microwave transport solution, the demo succeeded in delivering multi-Gbit/s connectivity to fast-moving trains. Until now, supporting the handovers required for consistent broadband connectivity on trains traveling at speed was a major challenge. Built on ADVA’s G.metro passive optical technology and FSP 150 edge aggregation solution, the joint trial featured an integrated architecture for all train communication applications. Millimeter wave (mmWave) access points (APs) were used to maintain track-to-train connectivity as well as programmable mobility functions for seamless onboard services. Part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 5G-PICTURE project, the demo was conducted by ADVA, Blu Wireless Technology, CNIT, COMSA Industrial and the local railway operator and infrastructure manager, Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya (FGC).

With this demo, we’ve presented the blueprints for the future of rail telecommunication networks. We’ve shown how a combined optical and microwave 5G architecture can carry both critical and non-critical communications, dramatically simplifying deployments and delivering significant cost reduction,” said Jim Zou, senior engineer, advanced technology, ADVA. “Unlike traditional railway telecommunication networks that rely on separate infrastructures, what we’ve proposed with this demo is a unified, automated network able to support every application and prevent service interruptions. It delivers high-bandwidth internet access to passengers on the move, while also providing train operators with driver-to-control connectivity, access to surveillance cameras and mission-critical onboard applications. Now a single 5G network can provide all telco services for train companies, freight operators and passengers.”

Deployed across three stations of the FGC network in Barcelona, the 5G-PICTURE railway testbed interconnected a variety of end-user devices and compute resources using the most advanced optical and wireless network technologies. For the first time in Europe in a live operational scenario, the demo proved that a single integrated infrastructure can deliver safe, secure and reliable connectivity for all three categories of train line services: critical, performance and business. Along the track, it leveraged mmWave links that intelligently steered beams to the train’s rooftop antennae for optimal backhaul and access connectivity. These were connected to passive WDM add/drop nodes built with ADVA’s low-latency G.metro system and each mmWave AP was capable of dedicated 10Gbit/s connectivity. All the traffic from the trackside was further aggregated to the railway operator’s core network based on ADVA’s 100Gbit/s Ethernet aggregation technology.

Take a look at the press release link below to learn more.

https://www.adva.com/en/newsroom/press-releases/20200121-adva-demos-europes-first-5g-rail-deployment

Interested in reading more about ADVA’s 100Gbit/s Ethernet aggregation technology. Please view the link below.

https://www.adva.com/en/products/packet-edge-and-aggregation

 

We’re excited to share our experience and expertise with you as we work together on collaborative opportunities.

For more information, please feel free to contact us. 

Best regards,

John, Raymond & Danielle

jbretherick@adva.com/rcassar@adva.com/ddawson@adva.com 

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