Launch of TETRA testing & monitoring capabilities


Comtest Wireless extends rail telecoms monitoring to include TETRA Emergency Services calls for Bane NOR

Comtest Wireless extends rail telecoms monitoring to include TETRA Emergency Services calls for Bane NOR

Comtest Wireless, independent experts in the field of GSM-R and ERTMS test and monitoring solutions, announce that they have extended their rail telecoms testing and monitoring services to include TETRA mobile radio networks.
Norwegian national rail infrastructure administrator Bane NOR, wanted to extend its rail telecoms testing capabilities to test TETRA radio networks.

TETRA was specifically designed for government agencies, emergency services, (police forces, fire departments, ambulance) to communicate using radios as both mobile phones and walkie-talkies. However, TETRA networks can also provide additional radio coverage for railway organisations in the same way. The lower frequency used by TETRA gives a longer range, which is particularly useful for locations where there is potentially no GSM-R or other telecoms coverage, such as inside tunnels.

Comtest Wireless responded to Bane NOR’s request by developing a module for its market-leading NetProbe Drive Test solution. The NetProbe TETRA module is fully operational, employing a TETRA terminal radio and existing RF scanning equipment installed as a rack on-board a test train.

The new TETRA module enables rail telecoms operators at Bane NOR to test RF levels, quality of service and call coverage along the track. As a result, rail telecoms engineers and managers have access to KPI data including, a wide range of TETRA network parameters and trace information, which can be displayed in a variety of different formats – such as maps, charts and tables. These visual data displays make it easy to monitor quality of service, troubleshoot or identify areas of poor coverage.

The charts were also added to the NetProbe Enterprise online KPI dashboard, to provide access to the rail telecoms network performance data, 24/7.

Franco De Fazio, Comtest WirelessAccount Director Franco De Fazio says “We are delighted to be able to support Bane NOR. Integrating trace call information of this type is not easy but our development team have found a practical and cost-effective solution.

The new NetProbe TETRA module makes it easy for any rail operator wanting to extend its rail telecoms monitoring to include this Emergency Services communications network. Because we use existing equipment where possible, it can be very economical to do. Plus, as all the data is integrated into our NetProbe Analytics solution, it can be synchronised in post-processing with the GSM-R data, for a complete overview of rail telecoms performance.”

Organisations requiring further information on TETRA monitoring or the Comtest Wireless GSM-R and ERTMS test and monitoring solutions, should contact us