Huawei Hosts Asia Pacific Railway Summit 2016 in Hong Kong themed on "Leading New ICT, Building a Better Connected Railway"

Railway executives from across the world gather to discuss future of rail in the ICT era

HONG KONG, March 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Huawei hosted the Asia Pacific Railway Summit 2016 in Hong Kong today. The event, which was themed "Leading New ICT, Building a Better Connected Railway", drew in more than 100 railway decision makers and professionals from 10 countries to share best practices and discuss the trends and challenges shaping rail development.

In his welcoming speech, Yuan Xilin, President of the Transport Sector of Huawei's Enterprise Business Group, commented on the disruptive effect of technology on the industry. "New technologies with cloud computing at the core are changing the railway industry. Huawei has accordingly been actively promoting the development and application of these open technologies to help railways transform the roles of their ICT systems from supporting elements to key production components," he said.

Yuan Xilin is making a welcome speech
Yuan Xilin is making a welcome speech

It is Huawei's firm belief that a successful railway transportation system is based on the effective coordination of infrastructure, vehicles, and personnel. Thus, as their railways continue to develop in scale, global operators must think of new ways to organize resources and improve operating efficiencies.

Speaking at the summit, Richard C S Wong, Principal Fellow, Systems & Technology Group, Vice President and Head of Systems at Singapore Mass Rapid Transit (SMRT), offered his thoughts on how operators can harness technology in overcoming these challenges. He said, "Nowadays, wireless communications services are increasingly embraced by the railway industry as they eliminate the need for complicated cabling work and significantly reduces signal interference to communications equipment. Meanwhile, train-to-train communications and the positioning of trains is made easier with wireless and ICT-enabled railway signal systems. This provides passengers with full connectivity to trains, making travel more convenient and enjoyable."

In the era of mobile internet, passengers demand comprehensive information, business, and entertainment services during their journeys. Commenting on this trend, Xu Shupeng, Senior Director, Mechanical Engineering of Zhengzhou Rail Transport Company, opined on the benefits of full connectivity," With an eLTE network in place, Zhengzhou Metro has been able to implement real-time high definition video surveillance on trains. This means that traffic data can be analyzed in real time, which allows better control of train operation and situations on trains," Xu said. "Therefore, when an accident occurs, we are able to respond immediately to ensure the safety of passengers and trains. Moreover, eLTE provides a high quality-of-service assurance to the passenger information system, allowing passengers to watch uninterrupted real-time videos, thereby improving their travel experiences. Such services also lay the foundation for future deployment of mission-critical applications, such communication-based train control, broadband trunking, and value-added high-speed internet service."

For over 20 years, Huawei has been a leading provider in the railway industry. Its innovative, ICT-enabled products and solutions serve a total 100,000km of rail lines the world over - a distance double the circumference of the earth. The company is the only vendor in the industry that provides GSM-R solutions to support the smooth evolution to LTE. It's thus of little surprise why its GSM-R railway operational communications solutions have led incremental-markets for four consecutive years and currently serve more than 45,000 km railway lines globally.

Building on this success, the company is expanding its mark on railway industries worldwide. On July 30, 2015, for example, the company won the bid for a GSM-R modernization project offered by Deutsche Bahn (DB) in Northern Germany. Covering 12,000km, or 40 percent of DB's network, the project is the world's largest GSM-R network reconstruction project to date.

In project-completion news, Huawei successfully implemented an eLTE mass transit communications solution for Ethiopia's Addis Ababa Light Rail on September 24, 2015.

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