Railway Security and Communication Systems (ETCS and GSM-R)
We are among the most prominent integrators of on-board ETCS systems for rolling stock in the Czech Republic. ETCS (European Train Control System) is a European security system whose main goal is to unify the security systems of European railways, thereby increasing the safety of railway transport across Europe, and allowing trains to cross the borders of individual countries without need to replace the traction vehicle or to equip traction vehicles with multiple national security systems.
Railway vehicles already in use can be retrofitted with ETCS, including integration into the vehicle's current systems and equipment. In such cases, we will cover all activities, from receiving the vehicle from the contractor, to final handover in fully fit condition for use, equipped with fully functional on-board ETCS systems. In addition to the supply of ETCS technologies themselves, implementation also includes prototyping, i.e., finding a suitable technical solution for integrating ETCS systems into the particular vehicle, testing, trials and approval by relevant railway authorities. The next stage is serial vehicle fitting, which always involves installation and commissioning of the newly added systems, followed by approval of the vehicle for use (certificate of conformity with the prototype).
A leading European manufacturer supplies us with ETCS technologies themselves. Thanks to close collaboration with the technology manufacturer Alstom, we are the only company in the Czech Republic able to commission ETCS devices. Our customers include important railway transport companies both from the passenger and freight sectors, for whom we retrofit ETCS technology into commonly used vehicles and even some rarer vehicle series.
These highly specialised activities add another dimension to our portfolio, building on our own experience in the field of railway telematics in the Czech Republic, especially supplies of the GSM-R system, which represents the European standard for wireless communications between controllers and trains, and serves as the basic communication system for ETCS.
In the context of European and Czech legislation, the construction of the ETCS system (both stationary and on-board parts) is a highly important strategic matter for Czech railways in the coming time.