Train radio communication systems – proven and reliable

Train radio communication plays an important role in train operation. It secures communication between the rolling stock and the stationary infrastructure. This is our core expertise: We are experts for speech and data communication via analogue and digital mobile networks. Funkwerk has been developing and producing train radio communication technology for railway companies around the world since 1982, both for installation in railway vehicles as well as transportable devices. By integrating innovative technologies into our developments and considering the latest standards, radio communication systems are created at our facilities that meet the expectations of the future because of their modularity.

Experts for speech and data communication

Train radio communication system – proven and reliable

Train radio communication plays an important role in train operation. It secures communication between the rolling stock and the stationary infrastructure. This is our core expertise: We are experts for speech and data communication via analogue and digital mobile networks. Funkwerk has been developing and producing train radio communication technology for railway companies around the world since 1982, both for installation in railway vehicles as well as transportable devices. By integrating innovative technologies into our developments and considering the latest standards, radio communication systems are created at our facilities that meet the expectations of the future because of their modularity.

Cab-radios from Funkwerk are installed around the world in the driver’s cabs of trains and trams.

focX-handhelds from Funkwerk are in use around the world.

Cab-radios from Funkwerk are installed around the world in the driver’s cabs of trains and trams.

focX-handhelds from Funkwerk are in use around the world.

Cab-radios from Funkwerk are installed around the world in the driver’s cabs of trains and trams.

focX-handhelds from Funkwerk are in use around the world.

A specialist for GSM-R train radio communication

The digital train radio communication network GSM-R (Global System for Mobile Communication for Railways) is the communication standard for European rail transport for guaranteeing network inter-operability. Funkwerk can proudly call itself a market leader in the field of mobile GSM-R train radio communication systems. The possibility of radio-based communication is the basis for safety and efficiency in railway transport. Funkwerk provides individually customised communication solutions – both for GSM-R as well as LTE, for analogue radio networks or any combinations thereof. But Funkwerk also has its sights firmly set on the future with the FRMCS (Future Railway Mobile Communication Solution) train radio standard and is actively involved in its development. We are thereby securing your investments with “Made in Germany” multi-mode train radio communication devices. In short: Funkwerk has the perfect solution for you!

MESA®26

Certified according to the latest standards, train radio communication has been breaking new ground thanks to our MESA®26 radio system. Two aspects in particular distinguish what makes the system stand out: the application of radio module MT5E, its integrated filters which protect against interference from external networks, and its innovative software that distinguishes itself by splitting into operating modes – from multi-mode with GSM-R, to analogue and LTE. That is why the MESA®26 has long since been in use in many European railway operations. Due to the modular structure of the MESA®26, of course upgrades for future requirements like FRMCS are possible!

MESA®23

Used in thousands for many years and proven worldwide – our MESA®23 train radio system. The modular design of this device allows optimal project-specific solutions that can be created individually according to your specifications. The universal system architecture also enables your investment in your train operation to be assured in the future: We continue to offer you the latest software updates and a repair service for that reliable technology.

Cab-Radios GSM-R

A specialist for GSM-R train radio communication

The digital train radio communication network GSM-R (Global System for Mobile Communication for Railways) is the communication standard for European rail transport for guaranteeing network inter-operability. Funkwerk can proudly call itself a market leader in the field of mobile GSM-R train radio communication systems. The possibility of radio-based communication is the basis for safety and efficiency in railway transport. Funkwerk provides individually customised communication solutions – both for GSM-R as well as LTE, for analogue radio networks or any combinations thereof. But Funkwerk also has its sights firmly set on the future with the FRMCS (Future Railway Mobile Communication Solution) train radio standard and is actively involved in its development. We are thereby securing your investments with “Made in Germany” multi-mode train radio communication devices. In short: Funkwerk has the perfect solution for you!

MESA®26

Certified according to the latest standards, train radio communication has been breaking new ground thanks to our MESA®26 radio system. Two aspects in particular distinguish what makes the system stand out: the application of radio module MT5E, its integrated filters which protect against interference from external networks, and its innovative software that distinguishes itself by splitting into operating modes – from multi-mode with GSM-R, to analogue and LTE. That is why the MESA®26 has long since been in use in many European railway operations. Due to the modular structure of the MESA®26, of course upgrades for future requirements like FRMCS are possible!

MESA®23

Used in thousands for many years and proven worldwide – our MESA®23 train radio system. The modular design of this device allows optimal project-specific solutions that can be created individually according to your specifications. The universal system architecture also enables your investment in your train operation to be assured in the future: We continue to offer you the latest software updates and a repair service for that reliable technology.

Our solution for ETCS radio data transmission

RIU-ETCS 5E

The European Train Control System (ETCS) is the control and surveillance system for trains used by European railway operators. For the Chinese market a specification in the form of the Chinese Train Control System (CTCS) applies.. Our radio data transmission device RIU-ETCS is our mobile solution for your ETCS/CTCS-applications, consisting of two completely independent radio modems with GSM-R Mobile Terminations MT and accompanying power supply modules. Our RIU is available as a modular system with up to four independent EDOR units. A data logger is offered as an option for  logging  the radio module and network data.

The advantages at a glance:

  • Certification of the entire unit in accordance with railway specific standards
  • All modules mounted in a small rack incl. free space for enhancement modules
  • Various assembly options: Wall mount, standard 19” rack or a specialised rack
  • Access to the GSM-R carrier services, either circuit or packet switched, via the RS 422/232 data interfaces at the front of every mobile termination

     

ETCS Data Radio

Our solution for ETCS radio data transmission

RIU-ETCS 5E

The European Train Control System (ETCS) is the control and surveillance system for trains used by European railway operators. For the Chinese market a specification in the form of the Chinese Train Control System (CTCS) applies.. Our radio data transmission device RIU-ETCS is our mobile solution for your ETCS/CTCS-applications, consisting of two completely independent radio modems with GSM-R Mobile Terminations MT and accompanying power supply modules. Our RIU is available as a modular system with up to four independent EDOR units. A data logger is offered as an option for  logging  the radio module and network data.

The advantages at a glance

  • Certification of the entire unit in accordance with railway specific standards
  • All modules mounted in a small rack incl. free space for enhancement modules
  • Various assembly options: Wall mount, standard 19” rack or a specialised rack
  • Access to the GSM-R carrier services, either circuit or packet switched, via the RS 422/232 data interfaces at the front of every mobile termination

     

Our MT-family radio modules connect

MT radio modules are used as a link between the GSM-R network and mobile train radio devices In accordance with the respective current European technical specifications for train radio communication systems (TSI ZSS)  the modules are operated in the GSM-R frequency range with maximum transmitting power of eight watts. Many of the characteristic values of the radio module, such as

transmitting power
g
sensitivity
max. permitted input power
P
ASCI enhancements

are specified more strictly than required by the GSM-standard. This guarantees maximum reliability and availability in the particular railway environment.
Our radio module MT5E is the latest GSM-R radio module from Funkwerk. The MT5E significantly exceeds the requirements of the ETSI TS 102 933 v2.1.1 standard. It thus offers you an excellent protection against interfering signals from other radio networks. 

Funkwerk is constantly working on further developing its GSM-R radio module. Our MT-family now consists of:

MT2 radio module • MT3 radio module • MT3++ radio module • MT5E radio module • MT5E-Bradio module • MT5E-Fradio module • MT6 radio module

Data Radio

Our MT-family radio modules connect

MT radio modules are used as a link between the GSM-R network and mobile train radio devices In accordance with the respective current European technical specifications for train radio communication systems (TSI ZSS)  the modules are operated in the GSM-R frequency range with maximum transmitting power of eight watts. Many of the characteristic values of the radio module, such as

transmitting power
g
sensitivity
max. permitted input power
P
ASCI enhancements

are specified more strictly than required by the GSM-standard. This guarantees maximum reliability and availability in the particular railway environment. Our radio module MT5E is the latest GSM-R radio module from Funkwerk. The MT5E significantly exceeds the requirements of the ETSI TS 102 933 v2.1.1 standard. It thus offers you an excellent protection against interfering signals from other radio networks.

Funkwerk is constantly working on further developing its GSM-R radio module.

focX – robust radio devices

focX-handheld devices feature protection class IP65, in other words, thanks to dust and water spray resistance they are equipped for usage in particularly rough environmental conditions. Its display also ensures good readability of operating information – even under direct sunlight. In addition, we offer various accessories for our focX family, such as replacement batteries, external microphones and carrying supports.

dualfocX

… with or without the shunting radio software module, it guarantees operation in two networks (dual mode). Our DualfocX S was the first OPS (Operational Purpose Handheld for Shunting) on the market, also featuring 450 Mhz direct mode. In this way, devices can also be implemented efficiently when a GSM-R network infrastructure is not available. 

deskfocX

… is a full-feature and convenient GSM-R radio terminal with loud speaker and hands-free features. The user has the option to telephone in the GSM-R network with the aid of the handheld apparatus or hands-free features (push to talk button, gooseneck microphone, loud speaker).

Handhelds

focX – robust radio devices

focX-handheld devices feature protection class IP65, in other words, thanks to dust and water spray resistance they are equipped for usage in particularly rough environmental conditions. Its display also ensures good readability of operating information – even under direct sunlight. In addition, we offer various accessories for our focX family, such as replacement batteries, external microphones and carrying supports.

dualfocX

… with or without the shunting radio software module, it guarantees operation in two networks (dual mode). Our DualfocX S was the first OPS (Operational Purpose Handheld for Shunting) on the market, also featuring 450 Mhz direct mode. In this way, devices can also be implemented efficiently when a GSM-R network infrastructure is not available. 

deskfocX

… is a full-feature and convenient GSM-R radio terminal with loud speaker and hands-free features. The user has the option to telephone in the GSM-R network with the aid of the handheld apparatus or hands-free features (push to talk button, gooseneck microphone, loud speaker).

Handhelds

focX – robust radio devices

focX-handheld devices feature protection class IP65, in other words, thanks to dust and water spray resistance they are equipped for usage in particularly rough environmental conditions. Its display also ensures good readability of operating information – even under direct sunlight. In addition, we offer various accessories for our focX family, such as replacement batteries, external microphones and carrying supports.

dualfocX

… with or without the shunting radio software module, it guarantees operation in two networks (dual mode). Our DualfocX S was the first OPS (Operational Purpose Handheld for Shunting) on the market, also featuring 450 Mhz direct mode. In this way, devices can also be implemented efficiently when a GSM-R network infrastructure is not available. 

deskfocX

… is a full-feature and convenient GSM-R radio terminal with loud speaker and hands-free features. The user has the option to telephone in the GSM-R network with the aid of the handheld apparatus or hands-free features (push to talk button, gooseneck microphone, loud speaker).

Mobile GSM-R modem for secure transmission

Our f.locX is a battery-operated GSM-R modem with battery, Bluetooth interface and status LED. This modem is coupled to a mobile terminal via power-saving Bluetooth connection. It can be used in GSM-R for speech, short message service and data transmission. The f.locX is controlled via Apps that are installed on standard smartphones or tablet-PCs.

With f.locX, we provide a secure transmission path (GSM-R) for standard smartphones or tablets.

Mobile GSM-R modem

Mobile GSM-R modem for secure transmission

Our f.locX is a battery-operated GSM-R modem with battery, Bluetooth interface and status LED. This modem is coupled to a mobile terminal via power-saving Bluetooth connection. It can be used in GSM-R for speech, short message service and data transmission. The f.locX is controlled via Apps that are installed on standard smartphones or tablet-PCs.

With f.locX, we provide a secure transmission path (GSM-R) for standard smartphones or tablets.

LTE / 5G: The future of communication on the rail

When it comes to construction design and range of function, Funkwerk offers train radio communication systems that are aligned with individual customer requirements. Our modular MESA®-product family can be expanded with additional LTE and 5G radio modules. Dual and multi-mode devices are created in this way that comply with the GSM-R and analogue radio standard, and are suitable for use in modern mobile communication infrastructures (LTE and 5G). With us, your railway operation is future-proof! For instance, simply retrofit your MESA®26 with an LTE-module. This is easy to do thanks to the modular design.

 

Upgrade for LTE/5G

LTE / 5G: The future of communication on the rail

When it comes to construction design and range of function, Funkwerk offers train radio communication systems that are aligned with individual customer requirements. Our modular MESA®-product family can be expanded with additional LTE and 5G radio modules. Dual and multi-mode devices are created in this way that comply with the GSM-R and analogue radio standard, and are suitable for use in modern mobile communication infrastructures (LTE and 5G). With us, your railway operation is future-proof! For instance, simply retrofit your MESA®26 with an LTE-module. This is easy to do thanks to the modular design.

 

Analogue train radio modules

ARM26

Funkwerk offers analogue radio modules for two different frequency ranges:

  • 2-m-radio unit RMA 2
  • 70-cm-radio unit RMA 7

They are used in analogue radio device ARM26. With the help of this analogue radio unit ARM26, train radio communication system MESA®26 becomes a dual-mode system that can operate in both analogue and digital radio networks.

Analogue train radio

Analogue train radio modules

ARM26

Funkwerk offers analogue radio modules for two different frequency ranges:

  • 2-m-radio unit RMA 2
  • 70-cm-radio unit RMA 7

They are used in analogue radio device ARM26. With the help of this analogue radio unit ARM26, train radio communication system MESA®26 becomes a dual-mode system that can operate in both analogue and digital radio networks.

Quality does not stop at the product 

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TEQoS2: Test Environment Quality of Service

The TEQoS2 is used in the start phase of a new GSM-R network and during normal operation  for the optimisation processes, in order to guarantee and enhance the quality of the GSM-R system.

Functions:

  • Tracing GSM layer 2+3
  • Measurement and graphic display of quality and field strength
  • Coverage tests
  • Measurement of adjacent cells
  • Power level and quality
  • GPS position finding and data reference
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Euro Test System ETS for GSM-R-Cab-Radios

Funkwerk developed the Euro Test System ETS on the basis of the proven Euro Test Simulation Box ETK. The system is used to test train radio communication devices and enables proper execution of starting up and maintenance. The touch-sensitive screen enables easy and convenient operation of the device.

Functions:

  • Test analogue radio communication system in various country modes (currently Germany, Belgium, France and Luxembourg)
  • GSM-R test (via external mobile service tester)
  • UIC 568 functionality test by means of the UIC 558 interface
  • Service-PC connection via Bluetooth
  • Power supply: 24-110 VDC / 230 VAC

Test equipment

Quality does not stop at the product 

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TEQoS2: Test Environment Quality of Service

The TEQoS2 is used in the start phase of a new GSM-R network and during normal operation  for the optimisation processes, in order to guarantee and enhance the quality of the GSM-R system.

Functions:

  • Tracing GSM layer 2+3
  • Measurement and graphic display of quality and field strength
  • Coverage tests
  • Measurement of adjacent cells
  • Power level and quality
  • GPS position finding and data reference
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Euro Test System ETS for GSM-R-Cab-Radios

Funkwerk developed the Euro Test System ETS on the basis of the proven Euro Test Simulation Box ETK. The system is used to test train radio communication devices and enables proper execution of starting up and maintenance. The touch-sensitive screen enables easy and convenient operation of the device.

Functions:

  • Test analogue radio communication system in various country modes (currently Germany, Belgium, France and Luxembourg)
  • GSM-R test (via external mobile service tester)
  • UIC 568 functionality test by means of the UIC 558 interface
  • Service-PC connection via Bluetooth
  • Power supply: 24-110 VDC / 230 VAC