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Transportation & Delivery: Rail Learn More

Iridium proudly keeps railways around the world on track, providing reliable connectivity in areas unreached by cellular, land-based, or even other satellite providers. Delivering mission-critical services through low-cost equipment, Iridium provides consistent performance on-the-move, ensuring valuable telematics, location, and safety information can be reliably sent and received from the train.

Featured Applications

  • On-Board Transactions

    • Communications with Upcoming Stations and Operations Centers
    • Passenger Credit Card Transactions
    • Scheduling and Maintenance
  • Rail Network Management

    • Schedule Adjustments
    • Route Set-Up & Adjustments
    • Positive Train Control / Enhanced Train Control
    • Proactive Incident Management
    • Engine Monitoring via On-Board Sensors
  • Remote Connectivity & Automation

    • Positive Train Control / Enhanced Train Control
    • Locomotive Location, Direction, and Speed Signaling
    • Railway Track Condition Sensing and Environmental monitoring
  • Maintenance Crews

    • Rail Maintenance Vehicles Notification and Connectivity
    • Call Box Connectivity
    • Real-Time Group Communications for Remote Crews

Iridium Advantage

Iridium proudly keeps railways around the world on track, providing reliable connectivity in areas unreached by cellular, land-based, or even other satellite providers. Delivering mission-critical services through low-cost equipment, Iridium provides consistent performance on-the-move, ensuring valuable telematics, location, and safety information can be reliably sent and received from the train.

Equipment
Benefits
Iridium railway solutions are delivered through leading manufacturing partners. Iridium Certus® broadband equipment provides voice and data in an integrated terminal, connected by a low-profile solid-state antenna with high resistance to locomotive vibrations. For portable connectivity, track maintenance crews can rely on rugged handsets and push-to-talk devices with high audio outputs and familiar Land-Mobile Radio (LMR) designs.
LEO Network
Benefits
Positioned in Low-Earth Orbit, the Iridium constellation is not only unaffected by ground conditions, but, unlike other satellite providers, Iridium satellites are constantly moving, providing clear, reliable connections regardless of terrain.
Service Speed
Benefits
Ranging up to 704 Kbps, the fastest all-weather L-band data speed available, Iridium railway solutions are available at a wide array of speeds to fit varying communications needs. Iridium’s Low-Earth Orbit network design enables extremely low-latency connections given the satellites’ proximity to Earth.
Interoperability
Benefits
Iridium solutions are designed to provide a seamless customer experience. Iridium Connected® products are designed with preferred routing and dynamic switching, enabling hybrid solutions leveraging the combined benefits of the reliable Iridium network with terrestrial communications coverage when available.
Quick & Easy Deployment
Benefits
With an expansive product portfolio delivering robust communications solutions to fit varying needs, Iridium is ready to deploy within days, saving the time and costs associated with building custom terrestrial-based solutions.

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