Rail-System Operator Telecommunications

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Executive Summary

Rail operators require a mission-critical communications network, which must be up and running 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Safety and security are the primary concerns, especially when transporting people and dangerous commodities. Poor communications can bring trains to a halt, delay the resolution of security breaches, and result in lost revenue or even life-threatening disasters. New regulatory requirements and enhanced vigilance have increased the number and types of applications necessary for safe, secure rail operations. These operational applications, along with new passenger-communications services that enhance satisfaction and drive new revenues, are placing incremental demands on existing networks that they were not designed to meet.

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