The Future of Railway Wireless Communications Networks

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Executive Summary

In many ways the technologies underlying train communications systems have advanced little in the time since the first modern rail systems were established 200 years ago. Many rail networks still use basic "Mark I eyeball" visual signaling systems that would not be unfamiliar to a locomotive operator from the 1800s. However, new wireless data technologies now make it possible to create train communications systems that are as advanced as the electric, maglev, and hydrail locomotives that are powering the train systems of the future.

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