The UNITEL Committee focuses on the development and implementation of the future interoperable railway communication system (FRMCS/Next Generation), the inherent successor of GSM-R, as part of the future ERTMS. UNITEL brings together the major railway telecommunications products suppliers and companies that have significant experience in current GSM-R and future railway systems.
The committee members aim to ensure that the railways communication system fulfils existing and future signalling, train control and traffic management requirements, as well as supports European railway research initiatives.
In detail, the UNITEL committee members are dedicated to:
- Active global promotion of the GSM-R technology and upcoming FRMCS
- Supply of interoperable end-to-end systems
- Minimisation of integration efforts and railway migration costs
- Continued development of the EIRENE standards in line with railway requirements
- Supporting UIC, European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) and the ERTMS Users Group
- Smooth evolution and migration to the Future Railway Mobile Communication System (FRMCS)
For more information on the UNITEL Committee activities and positions regarding GSM-R and FRMCS, please visit the Telecommunications: GSM-R and FRMCS page.
To support the UNITEL committee, a dedicated technical working group – the UTG – UNITEL Technical Group – has been established to support and actively contribute to the ERA and UIC working groups dealing with the technical standardisation of both legacy and next generation railway telecommunication systems.
- “EU funded and coordinated FRMCS pilot projects – The key to successful introduction of the next generation railway communication system, July 2019”
- “GSM-R Long-term Support Statement – Statement from the members of the UNITEL Committee on the railway telecommunications supply industry’s long-term support of GSM-R, July 2021”
- “Successful Transition to FRMCS – UNIFE Position Paper on the Key Success Factors for the transition to FRMCS, September 2021″
Overview of UNITEL and UTG member engagements:
For more information on the UNITEL members and their offerings, please refer to the web pages:
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