HUBER+SUHNER and McLaren Applied Launch 5G Edge Computing Rail Antenna | VanillaPlus

Now that it allows 5G applications to run on trains, the HUBER+SUHNER The SENCITY Rail ACTIVE roof antenna is the rail antenna that contains an integrated radio and compute module to offer higher data throughput to support 5G services. It is an all-in-one active antenna with a single ethernet cable input for power and data transmission. Travelers will be able to benefit from better Wi-Fi connectivity, while system integrators will also be able to benefit from more advanced hardware to deploy their applications.

To meet modern communication requirements, the infrastructure must offer high data throughput rates. Multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) 4×4 systems have the potential to meet this data demand using 5G and later versions of 4G technologies. However, it involves a lot of radio frequency (RF) cables that take up space, are expensive and complex to install, and result in performance losses over time.

The new SENCITY Rail ACTIVE roof antenna from HUBER+SUHNER and Applied McLaren solves this problem by integrating the radio and computing module in the antenna itself. The antenna is available from HUBER+SUHNER without application software (hardware only) and can be upgraded with McLaren Applied edge computing software such as Fleet Connect.

Daniel Montagnese

“This product is bringing railway communications systems into the 21st century,” says Daniel Montagnese, Head of Antenna Product Management at HUBER+SUHNER. “With 5G, even more wires will be required for connectivity, so this antenna is setting the industry up for years of cost savings, environmental impact, and installation efforts. As mmWave connectivity reaches Europe, antennas will need to be equipped with radios to support this type of connection.”

The RF cables that connect the passive antennas to the radios are fragile and can be damaged with a small amount of bending or physical strain. If damage occurs, the entire connection path can be lost, resulting in significant downtime. By modernizing their system architecture and combining the radio and antenna in a single housing, HUBER+SUHNER and McLaren Applied have eliminated this risk.

The weight saved by replacing multiple RF cables with one Ethernet cable will significantly reduce fuel consumption. Traditional radios also use heavy metals for cooling, which is no longer necessary.

Pablo Garcia

“Without the need for multiple RF cables, 5G deployment is streamlined and train operators and rolling stock providers can benefit from up to 33% capital expenditure savings as well as increased space within the car. . Tests have shown that there is a significant increase in throughput and coverage due to improved signal quality. The antenna also enables the deployment of state-of-the-art IT applications in public transport fleets, such as McLaren Applied’s Fleet Connect. It brings connected trains one step closer to connected cars,” says Pablo Garcia, head of transportation at McLaren Applied.

Operators now want to monitor vehicle metrics in real time, as well as factors on the road such as overloading, vegetation, and safety. This trend will accelerate with the adoption of commercial 5G on the railway in the coming years. The active antenna provides the platform that can host a variety of applications to achieve this, eliminating the need for additional computers on the train and offering further savings in space and weight.

Globally certified to railway standards EN 50155, EN 45545-2 and NFPA-130, operators are assured that HUBER+SUHNER’s connectivity infrastructure can be deployed anywhere in the world.

For more information on the HUBER+SUHNER SENCITY Rail ACTIVE roof antenna, please visit here.

For more information on McLaren applied to transport, visit here.

This press release can also be found at here.

The video of the SENCITY Rail ACTIVE roof antenna can also be found here.

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