Funkwerk supplies ÖBB with GSM-R handhelds

Basic contract for supply of estimated more than 2,000 focX handhelds

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Funkwerk AG has secured a new contract from Austrian railway company ÖBB for the supply of GSM-R handhelds. The basic contract involving the delivery of an estimated more than 2,000 handheld devices of the new focX product range is scheduled to run until 2016.

In a bidding contest, the ÖBB opted for products from Funkwerk AG as a specialist in communication systems for railway companies and the European market leader in mobile GSM-R train radio systems. GSM-R (Global System for Mobile Communication for Railways) was introduced as the standard for digital information transfer in an effort to harmonise European rail transport. Today, this trendsetting technology is used by as many as 32 railway companies in Europe. The ÖBB first acquired train radio equipment and systems from Funkwerk in 2004 - along with a number of other rail operators throughout Europe.

The focX handhelds now ordered by ÖBB are based on the latest GSM-R standard and are designed to transfer voice and data in rail-specific mobile radio communication. Rated to IP 65, their protection against dust and water jets makes them particularly suited for use in very tough environments.

As part of its ongoing reorientation, Funkwerk is consistently focusing efforts in its Traffic and Control Communication segment on train and rail transport while systematically improving its international market position.
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