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Rail operations rely heavily on wireless communications and adequate licensed radio spectrum to improve performance and safety. Congress has mandated that many rail operators implement Positive Train Control or PTC. This system "is a system designed to prevent train-to-train collisions, derailments caused by excessive speeds, unauthorized train movements in work zones, and the movement of trains through switches left in the wrong position. PTC networks enable real-time information sharing between trains, rail wayside devices, and “back office” applications, regarding train movement, speed restrictions, train position and speed, and the state of signal and switch devices. (https://www.fcc.gov/general/positive-train-control-ptc).

Licensed Wireless Spectrum is critical for rail operations because of benefits that being the sole user of a frequency. The spectrum owner can protect against interference and increase security. Select Spectrum recommends the following frequencies because they can travel far distances and has a strong track record for rail applications.

Available Spectrum that Select Spectrum recommends for the rail industry:

Additional Information:

Trains: A Safer Way to Travel (Select Spectrum Blog 7/11/17)

Case Studies:

The Southern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) (https://www.digi.com)