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Comtest Wireless User Group to Share Secrets of Success

Comtest Wireless Europe attended the recent Comtest Wireless User Group to Share Secrets of Success. The 2016 User Group was held 3-4 February in Turin. Over the two days, delegates learned more about the latest developments from Comtest Wireless and shared their own user experiences.

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The agenda included sessions about 'On Board solutions', 'NetProbe Automatic', 'Interference testing', 'GSM-R network validation of conventional and ETCS lines' and 'ETCS over GPRS'. As well as the Comtest Wireless team, there were presentations from Trafikverket, Network Rail, KCC, Nokia and Huawei, Infrabel and SBB, together with an RFI presentation and site visit to their control centre for High Speed line Torino-Milano.

 
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Comtest Wireless Europe Supplies Active ERTMS Test and Measurement Solution for Thameslink Programme

Network Rail and Siemens use proven drive test equipment and powerful software solution provided by Comtest Wireless Europe.

28 April 2015 – Comtest Wireless Europe, UK independent experts in the field of GSM-R and ERTMS test and measurement solutions announces that it has been chosen to supply active testing solutions for the Thameslink programme.

siemensSince 2009, Comtest Wireless has equipped a fleet of Network Rail trains with hardware and software to conduct active testing of the GSM-R networks along the track. As a result of this proven solution, Comtest Wireless was asked to supply a portable active testing solution as part of the Thameslink programme at the end of 2014.The solution specifications require portable equipment to be installed on passenger trains, enabling the kit to be used and transferred between the trains depending on when and where they are needed.

Bill Coull at Comtest Wireless Europe says “We are delighted to be part of such a key programme for both Network Rail and Siemens. Earlier this year, the team who will be using the active testing solutions received training over a two week period as part of the installation, and they have now begun the pre-testing phase using trolleys that can be placed on to the passenger trains. The equipment is easy to use and comes with a battery pack that gives it an eight hour life so it can collect a great deal of data before it needs charging.

The solution will be of great benefit for monitoring the GSM-R and ERTMS networks, as it includes the ability to test any type of cab radio or mobile device, integrate with scanning receivers and the capability to process and analyse all the data collected within a single software package.”

Neil Dayment, Project Manager at Siemens plc, adds “Siemens mobile communications team has been working closely with Network Rail to ensure a robust and reliable communications network is available to support 24 trains per hour (tph) operation in the core Thameslink area, meeting the critical requirements of both the ETCS and voice communications systems.

Following our work on the new Canal Tunnels, we have now completed the analysis and system design stage for the St Pancras to Blackfriars Tunnel. Featuring Victorian infrastructure, the tunnel already has GSM-R infrastructure, but it was designed for voice communications only whereas the ETCS requirement is much more demanding.

In particular, the communications infrastructure will have dual base stations capable of supporting the required capacity necessary for ETCS with 24 tph operation whilst guarding against base station failure.

Our team is now moving from the design phase of the programme to testing, with work being undertaken at the Thameslink Systems Integration lab to prove the dual architecture and optimise the network parameters. We will also be testing GSM-R network coverage using the Comtest on train test equipment”.
Organisations looking to learn more about how they can install GSM-R and ERTMS monitoring solutions in the UK should contact Comtest Wireless Europe at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Photo courtesy of SIEMENS.

 
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Comtest Wireless Europe going down under!

Comtest Wireless Europe have successfully won a major contract in Australia for supplying GSM-R test equipment systems.

Due to our key approach we are able to offer a fully integrated system to our customers, we look forward to delivering this unique solution to our customer and working alongside our key suppliers.

 
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Comtest Wireless Europe launch new website

Comtest Wireless Europe are pleased to announce the launch of our new website which has been designed by Mansfield based webdesigners Redbox Graphic Design in Nottinghamshire.

Our new website it intended to help better support our existing customers  and also to show case our products and services to a wider audience.

We hope you enjoy the new look and you can now also keep upto date on our latest developments via our Linkedin and Facebook pages.

 
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Comtest Wireless Europe Support Grassroots Football

Comtest Wireless Europe has supported Nottinghamshire based Blidworth Welfare FC in providing a new home kit for their under 11’s team. Blidworth Welfare FC are an FA Charter Standard club which has been providing quality coaching and facilities to its teams since 1982. As a club they are continuing to grow and after a lot of hard work from their dedicated staff have recently been awarded the highest possible standard of the Charter Standard Programme, Community Club Status.
Some other awards they have won over the last few years are:

  • NDFF Club of the Year 2015 - Blidworth Welfare Colts FC
  • The Nottinghamshire FA Disability Football Family Club of the Year 2012/13
  • The Nottinghamshire FA Charter Standard Development Club of the Year 2012/13
  • The FA Regional Charter Standard Development Club of the Year 2012/13

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The under 11’s team has been together since the children were 5 years old and have played in local leagues for the last 6 years winning various titles along the way. Comtest Wireless Europe’s Senior Project Manager David Thorpe (Pictured left) can be seen here at their first game of the season in the new kit, we wish them the best of luck over the coming years and will we will follow their progress closely.