Most of the accidents on South Africa’s passenger rail network systems are blamed on poor communications between driver and signaler, Passenger Railway Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has collaborated with Chinese-firm Huawei to solve this challenge.

SA’s PRASA, Huawei Equipped Rail Network With More Efficient Signalling Systems

The GSM-R brings together the most effective combination of technology, processes, and people

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People in seen at a Huawei store; Huawei, a Chinese multinational company, is the largest telecommunications equipment maker in the world.People in seen at a Huawei store; Huawei, a Chinese multinational company, is the largest telecommunications equipment maker in the world. (Photo Credit: www.shutterstock.com)[/caption] Huawei’s well known distributed base station technology implements quick and flexible GSM-R network coverage in places such as Railway Servitude including tunnels, cuttings and at level crossings. To enable ultra-long-distance GSM-R radio coverage across provinces, ensure reliable railway operation and facilitate interworking between multi-vendor devices, an end-to-end, network-wide redundancy design was implemented. Huawei said the base transceiver stations (BTSs) of the access network form a ring topology to protect against faults in transmission links through transmission network redundancy. Additionally, base station controller (BSC) was deployed in each of the three regions (occupied by the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, and Gauteng) accommodating for BSC remote disaster recovery procedures, further improving the resiliency and reliability of the GSM-R network.

“Huawei’s GSM-R system will help not only the South African railway network enter the cutting-edge digital age, but will also play a pivotal role in the planning and building future railway networks across South Africa and its neighboring countries,” says chairman of the eLTE Industry Alliance and marketing director of the Transport Sector for Huawei Enterprise Business Group, Norman Frisch.
Huawei’s rail solutions cover 100,000km of railway around the world and serve over 50 urban rail lines and more than 60 partners in the railway industry. With the principle of “Openness, Cooperation and Win-Win”, Huawei is committed in their collaboration with partners for comprehensive and joint innovation in building end-to-end solutions to drive railway companies towards digital transformation.]]>

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