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Integrated Services for Railways

Increasingly railway operators need to deal with the complexity of their telecommunication networks, while maintaining services, improving customer and staff safety, and keeping costs under control. To do this, they need to transform their legacy network systems to next generation IP-based technologies. Nokia Integration Services for Railways offer a robust solution that integrates existing legacy equipment and new technologies, as well as subsystems and services, to create a highly secure, cost-efficient, scalable and always-available end-to-end communications system.


The Nokia turnkey communication solution guides rail operators from business project definition through final network implementation and maintenance. The end-to-end solution helps implement the project quickly and within budget.

Detailed Components

Nokia's Integrated services for Urban and Main Line Rail solution includes multiple sub-systems from Nokia and third-party technology suppliers, such as:

  • GSM-R solutions
  • TETRA solutions
  • WIMAX solutions
  • Optical Networks
  • IP / MPLS Networks
  • Video surveillance (CCTV)
  • Control room and train management system
  • Integration with security and train signaling systems
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition -- SCADA solutions
  • Operation Support Systems (OSS)
  • Broadband ground/train communications (satellite, LTE, 3G, WiFi)
  • Trackside wireless
  • Station infrastructure
  • Operational telephony and communication applications
  • Passenger information and general announcement systems (PA/GA)
  • Passenger Internet access
  • Passenger Information Display Systems (PIDs)

The Nokia Integrated services for Urban and Main Line Rail solution is delivered on a turnkey basis. That means Nokia designs, supplies, builds, installs, tests and commissions all or part of the network for the customer. Turnkey solutions can help reduce operational costs through optimized network design and maintenance. Nokia offers:

  • Consult and Design: engineering, cost analysis, network audit and optimization, procurement
  • Integrate and Deploy: systems integration, installation, commissioning, testing, validation and implementation of end-to-end applications
  • Operate and Maintain: optimized rail operations, spare parts management; level 1, 2 and 3; preventive and corrective maintenance.

Nokia's offer is based on project management services adapted to Metro and Railway operator constraints (trains in operation, trackside security procedures) and is supported by PMP® Certified Project Managers experienced in implementing large-scale projects in challenging health, safety and environment conditions.


Project management for CxOs

  • Experienced project managers supervise the whole integration project within the agreed scope of work, timeframe and budget, avoiding unnecessary delays and service disruption
  • Focus on core railway operations while experts handle communications network integration challenges

Multi-vendor, multi-technology solution for CxOs

  • Disparate multi-vendor, multi-technology systems are integrated into an effective, end-to-end communications solution, ensuring mission-critical operations
  • Both in-house technology and third-party competency are combined to provide the best available subsystems, with the right features at the right price
  • Selection and management of third-party suppliers from a preferred list of highly qualified vendors for cost and solution optimization

Tailor-made network design and architecture for CIOs

  • Resilient and secure network designed to meet exact customer requirements
  • Reliable and cost-efficient operations while keeping operating costs down
  • Expertly designed communications networks that can absorb new applications and support future growth
  • Usable shelf life of existing communications platforms can be extended even as IP-based applications become dominant
  • Private and public telecommunications services used and combined based on requirements and budgets
  • Service continuity enabled through effective network design

End-to-end integration management for CIOs:

  • Expert network analysis provides a clear view of the current network status and accurately assesses requirements
  • Experienced engineers work closely throughout the process to tailor the solution to exact requirements
  • Secure and seamless transition of the network is ensured during and after integration
  • Immediate performance benefits

Safety and security management for Security Officers:

  • Network security built into the solution across network infrastructure
  • Applications to support “defense in depth” policies
  • Protection of passengers, staff and physical assets in real-time by coordinating inputs from CCTV cameras, access control, motion sensors, etc. with control room operators, security staff and first responders
  • Proactive management of passenger and staff safety using a flexible security policy implementation to automate identification of potential issues and provide alerts to operators in real time
  • Simplified project follow-up due to a single point of contact

Risk mitigation and quality management for CIOs

  • Initial audit of the network architecture and technologies identify risks at an early stage
  • New architecture is fully verified and validated before implementation to ensure compatibility with existing communications infrastructure and guarantee the performance of the end-to-end solution
  • Guidance provided every step of the way for peace of mind throughout the integration project
  • Guaranteed service continuity during the migration of legacy services onto the new infrastructure; avoiding any loss of revenue and breach of safety

Cost Optimization for CFOs

  • Early consultation and dedicated design with cost in mind provides significant savings in CAPEX and OPEX over the long term while building next-generation networks
  • Integration planning provides considerable savings in cash outlays over several years, freeing up valuable resources
  • Telecommunications and IT convergence offers opportunities to reduce costs significantly
  • Usable shelf life of existing communications platforms can be extended, reducing and spreading upgrade costs, even as IP-based applications become dominant
  • Scalable network designs reduce the costs of future application deployments
  • Network upgrade projects can be designed to be phased in over months/years, offering greater budgeting flexibility
  • Maximizes return on the communications network investment