Harris Stratex Networks Inc. has announced that its NetBoss XT network management solution will enable Lithuania Railways (LitRail) to manage its complete GSM-R network. Conductors, dispatchers, train engineers and station controllers can take advantage of the new GSM-R technology for more reliable and secure communication between railway operators. This implementation of GSM-R is the first in the entire Baltic region and will enable LitRail to comply with the European Council (EC) railway standards, while making railway travel faster and safer.

As part of the contract with BELAM, a principal member of the consortium responsible for the LitRail GSM-R rollout, Harris Stratex will provide its NetBoss XT fault and resource management platform to manage all of the elements in the GSM-R communication system spanning approximately 88 percent of Lithuania's rail routes.

The integrated solution increases the efficiency of railway operators and improves railway safety by providing a single integrated view of the health and status of the network. LitRail operators will now have real-time visibility and reporting of all the elements of the rail system allowing operators to convey critical information quickly and clearly.

“Transitioning Lithuania Railways network to GSM-R was a vital step for the company in creating a more efficient and reliable method of communication for railway operators. We selected the Harris Stratex NetBoss XT platform because of its comprehensive GSM-R management capabilities and multi-vendor support, which includes the latest interface protocol technologies,” said Kastytis Zilinskas, Director of BELAM telekomunikacijos. “It was important for us to find a product that not only allows for seamless and secure integration with all elements and OSS, but also adheres to the latest standards.”