ADComms’ trackside simulation brings rail environment to life

Date: February 2015

ADComms trackside training area

Visitors to ADComms’ all-new Technical Training Academy now have the opportunity to experience a fully integrated trackside simulation system, allowing customers and trainees to experience a live working rail telecoms environment.

The facility offers unique insights into the design, installation, testing, commissioning and maintenance of the UK’s rail telecommunications network and live passenger information systems. The components are arranged to replicate real-world rail telecoms infrastructure, including a working FTN model connected over a live optical fibre and copper cable network. This live network can be manipulated to train intricate cable jointing, accurate fault finding and cable testing procedures.

ADComms has taken an ‘all under one roof’ approach to rail telecoms training, creating a centre for students to develop their understanding of existing and next generation telecoms systems featuring equipment manufactured by Alcatel, Cisco, Juniper, Exfo, Fujikura, Tyco and Anritsu. The facility also has a full GSM-R structure training area, providing the capability to train maintenance teams and telecoms riggers away from the rail infrastructure.

ADComms has been involved in shaping the New National Occupational Standards for Rail Telecoms and in the development of future training titles for the new HS2 Rail College. As an approved City & Guilds training provider, delivering both bespoke and accredited telecommunications courses, the ADComms Technical Training Academy has positioned itself to provide the complete training solution for the Rail Telecoms Industry.

Nathan Ibbotson, ADComms training and competency manager, said:

“Our new training facility makes it possible for ADComms to give a real world experience to our students and clients under one roof. This enables us to simulate and test scenarios on live equipment without affecting rail network operations – each component we display is interlinked and operates as if it were part of a live network. This guarantees interaction with real working telecommunications equipment that would normally be extremely difficult to access.”

For more information, please contact St John White or Natalia Gameson at Prova on 01926 776900.