Siemens’ LTE-R offerings will feature Softil’s Beehd software. The companies say the mission critical communications (MCX) solutions will support the International Union of Railways’ (UIC) migration to Future Railway Mobile Communications Systems (FRMCS) to develop a Global Rail Traffic Management System (GRTMS) for railways.

LTE-R will allow broadband networks to expand from solely carrying voice to include voice, video, text, images, and locations.

“The rail industry is at the forefront of the mission-critical communication revolution and GSM-R based systems have already been replaced by LTE-R solutions in Asia Pacific and the trend is expected to widen across other markets in 2019/20,” says Softil CEO, Mr Pierre Hagendorf.

Softil's Beehd IP communications solution is a cross-platform framework software development kit designed for chipset vendors, device manufacturers, system integrators, application developers and service providers looking to accelerate the development of IP-based voice and video over LTE solutions.

The Beehd softwares is LTE-R compatible and will enable Siemens’ solutions to deliver stable voice as well as data communications on trains running at speeds in excess of 400km/h.

LTE-R technology enables live tracking and the transmission of information to drivers, as well as multimedia-based group calling and SMS services on top of voice call services. Real-time group and individual communication is also possible between drivers and control centres.