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									PRESS RELEASE


GSM-R deployment continues from Ostrava to the state border
with Slovakia and from Přerov to Česká Třebová
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Přerov, 1 December 2011 – on today´s festive occasion an expert seminar has opened another
significant phase within the GSM-R implementation on the railway line Ostrava – Opava,
Dětmarovice – state border with Slovakia and the connecting line of both main corridors Přerov
– Česká Třebová. It involves sections that will supplement the current railway network which
has been covered with all-European digital radio standard GSM-R. The I and II National Railway
Corridor is equipped with the GSM-R system in the Czech Republic. GSM-R is a system which
enhances the safety of key railway lines, which is why its deployment is supported by the
European Union. Pursuant to the contract, the construction „GSM-R, Ostrava junction – state
border with Slovakia and Přerov – Č. Třebová“ is to be completed no later than in January
2013.

The construction is funded by the State Fund for Transport Infrastructure under the Operational
Programme Transport and from the EU Cohesion Fund. The maximum level of EU co-funding may
represent up to 85 % of the eligible cost of the construction. The maximum level of the contribution
may thus total CZK 559,050,100. The investor is the Railway Infrastructure Administration (SŽDC) and
the chief contractor is the Kapsch company. “By implementing the construction, reliable means of
communication will be established among the engine drivers, train dispatchers and traffic controllers,
which will substantially enhance the reliability and safety of the railway operation,” commented Ing. Jiří
Martínek, SŽDC´s Deputy DG for Modernization during the expert seminar on the digitization of the
national railway corridors. „By introducing the all-European GSM-R standard, the state enhances the
competitiveness of the carriers as well as of the domestic railway infrastructure. The GSM-R system is
considered one of the most successful European projects – from the European standard it turned into
a worldwide standard,“ pointed out Ing. Karel Feix, Director General of the Kapsch company,
a member of the international holding, which is the world leader of GSM-R technologies with
implementations carried out e.g. in France, Germany, Austria, England, Poland, Spain or Italy.

The GSM-R radio network expands the network of ground base stations and the related system
segments of the network – the controlling and connecting segment of the network including the
monitoring management. Also, the connecting module (BSC) will be built in Přerov and it will be used
for the connection of the base stations (BTS) in Moravia as well as serve as a back-up module (BSC).
Another goal of the construction is the implementation of the required telecommunication system,
including necessary fibre-optic paths. Within the scope of the construction, the system is equipped
with new applications and the number of connected traffic control terminals will increase. The GSM-R
implementation is essential for the future deployment of the European Train Control System ETCS L2,
which will result in enhanced safety and at the same time it will ensure a fully interoperable operation
of the vehicles equipped with this system.
 Construction in numbers
 Total length of the lines to be covered with GSM-R           230 km
 Base radio-stations BTS                                      39
 Supplementing the current BTS                                1
 Control unit BSC                                             1
 Supplementing the transmission nodes SDH                     14
 Transmitting aerials                                         80
 Diagnostic fibre-optic cable                                 72
 Transmission nodes SDH                                       39
 Traffic control terminals                                    32

Other upcoming projects:

Construction „GSM-R, Děčín – Všetaty – Kolín “
Expected implementation period: 2012 – 2013


About the GSM-R deployment in the track section Ostrava – state border with Slovakia and Přerov - Č.
Třebová
On 11.7.2011, the Railway Infrastructure Administration concluded a contract for the Deployment of the GSM-R
system in the track section Ostrava – state border with Slovakia and Přerov – Česká Třebová with the Kapsch
company. The whole construction of the GSM-R system will proceed until 11.1.2013. From the operational
perspective, we speak about significant track sections connecting the I and II National Railway corridor and the
international connection to Slovakia. The terms of the construction followed the European rules called FIDIC, by
the so-called yellow book – Design and Build system. For the total length of 230 km, the construction involves
altogether 39 base stations BTS. From the safety perspective, this modern technology is built in 35 new
technological structures equipped with the system for intelligent maintenance called GSM-R Smart House.

About the GSM-R system
In order to develop applications necessary for the modern traffic control within the railway transport, it was
necessary to design and to implement a radio system which will serve for the transmission of necessary data and
voice information between the fixed railway infrastructure and mobile train units. That is why the GSM-R system
has been applied for this specific use. The connection between the train unit and the traffic control has a number
of specific requirements, such as priority call, safe data channel, transmission of control and safeguarding data
etc. It is a communication system between the train and the ground traffic control, which is not based solely on the
communication but also on its 100% reliability. Since it concerns the safety, there must never be communication
failure or interruption. „The fact that the originally European radio communication system to control the railway
transport had also broken through outside Europe demonstrates its true power and utility value. Africa, Asia and
Australia are continents where the GSM-R system has been applied in the railway operation or it is being
installed. Despite the fact that this system puts emphasis on maximum safety and reliability in the first place, its
standardization and widespread application allow to rapidly reduce the expenses of end terminals,“ said Karel
Feix, Director of Kapsch company.




Ing. Pavel Halla
Railway Infrastructure Administration, state organization
Press agent
Phone: 602 665 850
E-mail: halla@szdc.cz

								
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