Within the rail sector, Icomera TraXside™ is a key component in delivering the next generation of mobile Internet connectivity, helping erase “not spots” along a route by providing continuous, high-capacity bandwidth to a train.
The True Gigabit Train
Icomera TraXside is a dedicated radio and fibre network which delivers gigabit-speed wireless connectivity along the entire route. The TraXside solution leverages Icomera’s purpose-designed onboard platform to ensure all capacity delivered to the train is used to its fullest potential.
For context, the provision of ‘gigabit’ speeds is equivalent to passengers streaming over 10,000 songs or 200 HD films, concurrently. This connectivity is also necessary for the reliable use of demanding data-intensive applications; for example, live-streamed digital video surveillance and video-conferencing applications used by passengers.
How does TraXside work?
Icomera TraXside base stations consist of radio units and antennas directed along the track. These base stations are affixed to existing wayside infrastructure such as GSM-R masts, or onto dedicated masts/poles. TraXside base stations send and receive data to and from the TraXside units on the train using the latest 802.11 Wi-Fi standards.
No handover delay or packet loss is experienced since the train is always connected to at least one channel, and often two. This means that the transition between signal sources will be seamless.
As a leading network integrator, Icomera manages the TraXside delivery, from the planning phase through to installation, optimisation, maintenance, and ongoing support. This includes a holistic framework of radio planning & design, cost analysis, zoning & construction, expert hardware installation, integration & testing, training, commissioning, and optimisation, monitoring tools, and support.
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