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“Radio communication plays a critical role in ensuring the safe and successful management of rail networks. With trains often passing through several regions, it is important that they can regularly communicate with the different control centres for each area. Without this contact, the control centres are unable to oversee train movements, and operations and safety would therefore be in jeopardy.” (Simoco on Twitter, 11 Jan 2016)

Those affected by the devastating train collission in Italy earlier this month, must still be reeling from the after shock. Such a tragedy could surely have been avoided?

From what we understand, the investigation is still under way, but what stumps us is the fact that – unlike Transnet – they still rely on an outdated method of signalling: “The line has no hi-tech signalling, so stationmasters have to notify each other by telephone if a train is on its way.” (The Guardian, 14 July 2016)

Hopefully it won’t take long for them to pinpoint what exactly went wrong so that disasters like this can be prevented.

 

Commercial security can be dangerous business. Unfortunately we all too often hear about assaults and other serious incidents that those working in this sector face. In the worst cases, guards have faced serious injuries or even death.

A security guard recently died after he was allegedly hit by a vehicle and brutally attacked in an apartment complex in […]

Source: Communication is critical for security guard safety – Simoco Group Blog

Setting up two way radio networks running through tunnels bring a whole host of different factors into play. Simoco engineer Jason Hollier walked Land Mobile through some of the London based solutions they’ve provided.

Read more here.