The President of the Polish Office of Rail Transportation (UTK – Urzędu Transportu Kolejowego) has granted the approval for the operation of the GSM-R (GSM for railways) system implemented by Kapsch CarrierCom on route E30 on the Bielawa Dolna – Węgliniec – Legnica route.
The authorization by UTK recognizes, for the first time in Europe, that the implementation of the GSM-R system has been completed in compliance with the new Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSI) for the Control-Command and Signalling Subsystem (CCS). “We are excited about the certification, it proves that Kapsch has met all of the new technical specifications set out by the European Union and that we can provide the best solutions possible to our customers,” says Rainer Lasch, Head of Railway Regulatory Affairs at Kapsch CarrierCom. The European Union’s TSI have to be met on all trans-European conventional and high speed railway lines. The technical specifications for interoperability lay down the functional and technical requirements to be met by the subsystems of ERTMS and the interfaces vis-à-vis other subsystems. The GSM-R system installed by Kapsch meets these requirements and is compatible with other subsystems. GSM-R is part of the ERTMS system being implemented in the European Union. European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) is an initiative backed by the European Union to enhance cross-border interoperability and the procurement of equipment by creating a single Europe-wide standard for train control and command systems.
Modernization of Railway
The project completed by Kapsch was officially referred to as “Modernization of railway route E30, phase 2. Pilot Implementation of ERTMS/ETCS & ERTMS/GSM-R in Poland on stretch Legnica – Wegliniec – Bielawa Dolna”. It comprised the following services: design, construction, equipment delivery, launch, functional configuration, testing and certification of ERTMS/GSM-R infrastructure for the purpose of railway radio transmission and ETCS level 2. The project was carried out within the framework of an Agreement signed in April 2011 by PKP Polskie LinieKolejowe S.A. (PKP PLK) with the consortium of companies Kapsch CarrierCom Sp. z o.o. and Kapsch CarrierCom AG. It was completed on schedule as required by PKP PLK.