Nokia (News - Alert) technology is helping power Malaysia’s first mass rapid transit line, the company announced this week. The company is providing systems integrator LG CNS with the Nokia 7750 Service Router, 7210 Service Access Switch, the Nokia Network Services Platform, and various professional services as part of the deal.
These Nokia solutions are being employed in an IP/MPLS network backbone that supports both passenger and operational services. Specific applications using this backbone include operational support subsystems like automated fare collection, a maintenance management system, and supervisory control and data acquisition; passenger information and security systems; and wireless transmission.
The network provides these applications with scalable Layer 2 and 3 virtual private network capabilities. The Nokia technology also allows for end-to-end network and services management. And Nokia has brought such professional services as installation, network design, testing, and training along for the ride as well.
“Communications plays a critical role in each of the challenges that railway operators face, from efficient communications between drivers and controllers, to real-time positioning information for high-speed trains, to continuous infrastructure monitoring for more efficient maintenance, and many more,” Nokia explains in its white paper titled The New Landscape for Railway Operator Communications. “None of these challenges can be met cost-effectively through isolated initiatives and improvements. Instead, they demand an integrated, long-term approach to infrastructure and service evolution that addresses five key technology areas: GSM-R, LTE (News - Alert) for railway operators, broadband on trains, multiservice WAN/LAN transmission backbones, and connected mobility.”
While this is Malaysia’s first mass rapid transit line, it is not Nokia’s first time equipping such a deployment. In fact, Nokia has provided networking technology for more than 30 railways around the world.
For example, Nokia has also helped Norfolk Southern Rail booth ensure its safety and efficiency. It has provided GSM-R and IP/MPLS for Sweden’s transport operator. And its technology is used in railway deployments in Argentina, Norway, Paris, and Switzerland as well.
“Modern metro systems demand modern communications networks,” Javier Rey, head of sales, global enterprise and public sector LATAM at Nokia, commented last year in announcing a railway network deal with Buenos Aires Metro. “The deployment of an IP-based network in the Buenos Aires metro system will support a wide range of both operational and passenger services for metro users in Argentina's largest city. Nokia has an extensive history working with railway operators, both freight and passenger, to improve the safety and efficiency of their operations….”
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Edited by Alicia Young