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The future of trackside communications


Technical Seminar at Railtex/Infrarail 2021

Wednesday 8 Sept 2021 – 15:10

David O’Connell, Managing Director, DBD Communications

The second day’s Technical Seminar programme at Railtex/Infrarail, sponsored by Rail Business Daily, concludes with a talk by David O’Connell of DBD Communications entitled:

The future of trackside communications

David O’Connell, DBD Communications.

A UK manufacturer and supplier of wireless duplex communications, DBD Communications has been supplying the UK rail industry for 10 years, after receiving Network Rail product approval in 2011.

In his presentation to Railtex/Infrarail, David O’Connell will speak about what is to come next for technology innovation with regards to communications and safety for operating teams when working trackside. With technology and working practices continuously evolving, the industry is aware that spoken safety-critical communications are of vital concern.

During the seminar, David will be referring to typical types of working scenarios and identifying ways that a variety of communication and safety solutions can reduce risk and improve efficiency to these types of operations. 

There are also ways in which the latest technology can be used to retrieve operational data, including voice recordings.  This can support risk mitigation for operations – being able to retrieve such information will allow faults to be diagnosed and improvements to be made where necessary.  Having a recording capability may also be a legal requirement, as it can establish the accuracy and timing of events, or it can be used for training purposes.

More on this capability, as well as other types of solutions, will be discussed during the seminar. Information will also be available on DBD Communication’s stand – N04 in hall 11.


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