Ericsson to boost 5G mission-critical connectivity for European rail industry


Building on its commitment to the railway sector, Ericsson has joined the Association of the European Rail Supply Industry (UNIFE) to show how 5G and mission-critical networks can enable the rail industry to meet the challenge of rail digitalization.

UNIFE, a major industry association, represents European train builders and rail equipment suppliers. By joining UNIFE, Ericsson strengthens its commitment to developing critical network capabilities for the rail industry. Its membership will make an important contribution to accelerating the modernization of railway communications with 5G for FRMCS (Future Railway Mobile Communication Systems).

As a UNIFE member, Ericsson will support the railway sector in tapping the potential of digitalization to improve the quality and efficiency of operation, passenger experience and network and data security.

Manuel Ruiz, Head of Mission Critical Networks at Ericsson, says that fundamental changes in technology that come with 5G and mission-critical networks will enable the rail industry to meet the challenge of digitalization and business transformation.

“With the standardization of the Future Railway Mobile Communications Systems expected to be based on 5G, Ericsson is honored to join UNIFE,” Ruiz says. “Many communications service providers in Europe have already chosen Ericsson’s 5G technology. We look forward to helping the railway sector achieve their operational goals using this technology.”

Already in 2018, Ericsson and Swisscom demonstrated end-to-end network slicing to meet the needs of the railway sector. Ericsson is currently testing connectivity together with national rail companies.

In Nürnburg, Germany, for example, Ericsson has built multiple 5G radio sites at the city’s switching yards to enable the use of drones and artificial intelligence (AI) in accident prevention.

In a live 5G test, drones transmitted high-resolution images from the freight yard over a 5G connection to an AI engine, enabling the detection of possible accident risks on the track. In the next phase of this project, AI will be used to check the pressure threshold of hazardous goods transport and to monitor valuable goods.

As a UNIFE member, Ericsson will also be able to participate in EU-funded innovation and research projects. Built on its leading 3GPP 4G and 5G technology, Ericsson’s mission-critical networks and applications deliver next-generation, secure, resilient, and high performance mission-critical mobile broadband communication services.

Ericsson is working jointly with communications service providers in empowering digital transformation for public safety agencies and critical infrastructure industries.