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Applying Time Sensitive Networking to Rail Signaling Systems

This webinar presents the key trends and challenges in the transportation market and the importance of Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) in meeting these challenges. Attendees will also learn how Time Sensitive Networks (TSN) technology can be used to combine Ethernet data networks, thus simplifying network architecture and achieving cost savings.

Date: September 21, 2017
Time: 2 PM EDT (11 AM PDT)
Duration: 1 hour
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The number of applications (both operational and non-operational) now being deployed within the rail transportation industry mean that the demands on network infrastructure and train-to-ground connectivity are on the increase. This demand is being met by the deployment of wireless train to ground connectivity, trackside Ethernet networks and data backhaul networks connecting to the various control and management centers.

Traditionally, the risk averse transportation industry deploys separate networks for safety related (e.g. signaling) data; not allowing any non-operational data access to the network carrying this time sensitive data. The reasoning behind this is that by limiting the data carried, the network performance can be modelled, understood and latency guaranteed for the time sensitive signaling data. This usually results in multiple networks and train-to-ground connections being implemented as other networks carry the non-safety related data. But what if you could combine all of this data onto one network and still guarantee the latency performance of the safety related data? This would simplify the network architecture and require less onboard vehicle equipment and less trackside installation. Time Sensitive Network (TSN) technology is the enabler to make this happen and to realize the associated cost savings of deploying just one Ethernet network.

Attendees will learn about the key trends in the transportation market that are driving the need for more network bandwidth and connectivity. Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) will be introduced, and it will be shown why latency is so important for these signaling systems. TSN will be introduced and the fundamentals behind this groundbreaking, standardized technology explained. It will be shown how TSN can be used specifically in transportation industry to safely deliver signalling data over the same network which is being used to provide internet access for passengers. Finally two network deployments will be compared: one with and one without TSN and rough estimates of some of the cost savings that could be realized presented.

Key Take-Aways

  • Learn about the key trends and challenges facing the rail transportation industry.
  • Understand why Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) is deployed to meet some of these challenges
  • Learn about Time Sensitive Networking (TSN) technology and what its advantages when implemented within a metro transportation environment
  • Find out what a metro Ethernet network with TSN could look like


Ciaran Burns, Vertical Field Application Engineering Manager- Transportation, Belden

Ciaran Burns has been with the Competence Centre since Feb 2014 and is now the Vertical Field Application Engineering Manager- Transportation focusing on supporting the Sales team to execute and manage complex projects in the EMEA region for the Belden Industrial platform, other responsibilities include general Application engineering in the UK & Ireland. Prior to this he was lead technical member of the Belden Solutions team since August 2012. He gained 7 years of experience in industrial automation and Control at West Control solutions, a Danaher company, with various technical and commercial customer facing roles with the most recent as a Custom Solutions project Manager. Ciaran graduated in 2005 from the University of Sussex in Brighton, England with a 1st class Masters in Electronic and Communications Engineering.

Richard Weatherburn, Global Vertical Marketing Manager for Transportation, Belden

Richard has worked in the Defence and Transportation Industries for over 25 years. Prior to joining Belden in 2012, his experience spanned a variety of electronic design and systems engineering roles as well as programme management. As a programme manager with Siemens, he successfully delivered rail engineering Projects across multiple European locations and was latterly the Head of Systems, Product and Portfolio for a Siemens Rail Automation business. At Belden he is the global transportation subject matter expert, responsible for driving application based marketing and Customer engagement as well as identifying future market trends and sponsoring business case development for the growing transportation product portfolio. Richard holds an Honours degree in Communication Engineering and a Certificate in Engineering Management from Bristol University, he was granted IET Chartered Engineer status in 2004 and is also a full member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.