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Design and Test of a High QoS Radio Network for CBTC Systems in Subway Tunnels

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4 Author(s)
Cortes Alcala, C. ; EUIT Telecomun., Univ. Politec. de Madrid, Madrid, Spain ; Siyu Lin ; Ruisi He ; Briso-Rodriguez, C.

Communications Based Train Control Systems require high quality radio data communications for train signaling and control. Actually most of these systems use 2.4GHz band with proprietary radio transceivers and leaky feeder as distribution system. All them demand a high QoS radio network to improve the efficiency of railway networks. We present narrow band, broad band and data correlated measurements taken in Madrid underground with a transmission system at 2.4 GHz in a test network of 2 km length in subway tunnels. The architecture proposed has a strong overlap in between cells to improve reliability and QoS. The radio planning of the network is carefully described and modeled with narrow band and broadband measurements and statistics. The result is a network with 99.7% of packets transmitted correctly and average propagation delay of 20ms. These results fulfill the specifications QoS of CBTC systems.

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Vehicular Technology Conference (VTC Spring), 2011 IEEE 73rd

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15-18 May 2011