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This page mentions Rail Antenna vendors or Rail Antenna manufacturers. It mentions popular vendors of Railway rooftop antennas used for trains with 5G NR, GSM (2G), GSM-R, UMTS (3G), LTE (4G), GPS and WiFi (i.e. WLAN).

Rail Antenna for trains

The rail antennas are used for indoor and outdoor applications. These antennas are designed as per compliance specifications outlined in EN50155 standard for mounting on trains and vehicles. This railway stanadrd specified various approval tests for rail antennas as well as other electronic equipments required on a train. The tests include performance over wide temperature range (-40 oC to +85 oC); EMC test, shock vibration and bump test etc.

Rail Antennas for Trains
Image Courtesy: ANTONICS - ICP GmbH

Indoor antennas are designed for WLAN frequency bands (2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz) to provide wifi connectivity with smart devices. These indoor antennas also support various cellular bands viz. 5G, LTE 700/800, GSM-R, GSM 900/1800, UMTS (1885 to 2170 MHz) etc. Refer article on WiFi on trains covering various network architectures to use internet on trains at metro stations and rail tunnels.

The generic specifications of indoor rail antennas used for wifi applications are as follows.
• Frequency band : 2.4 or 5.8 GHz
• Polarization : Vertical
• Pattern : Omni-directional
• Gain : 9 dBi (For 2.4 GHz) or 10.1 dBi (For 5.8 GHz)
• Power/DC voltage : 50 W
• Efficiency : 97%
• VSWR <= 1.5 typ.
• Antenna type : Patch
• Impedance : 50 Ohm
• RF connector : N (Female)

The generic specifications of outdoor rail antennas used for cellular applications are as follows.
• Spectrum : 2m-band , GSM-R, GSM-900/1800, UMTS, LTE, GPS etc.
• Frequency : 146-156 MHz, 694-960/1710-2690 MHz, 1560-1606 MHz
• Polarization : Vertical/Horizontal, right-hand circular
• Pattern : Omni-directional
• Gain : 4 dBi (2m-band) , 7.1dBi (LTE-700), 9.2 dBi(GSM-900), 9.3 (UMTS) 5.1 dBi (GPS, GLONASS etc.)
• Antenna type : Ring resonator or high gain patch antenna
• VSWR <= 1.8

Lists of Rail Antenna vendors

Following table mentions Rail Antenna vendors or manufacturers with their features and part numbers.

Rail Antenna vendors or manufacturers Description
ANTONICS - ICP GmbH
Phone: +49 3304 - 25 42 04
E-mail: info@antonics.de
Website : www.antonics.com
Model : OmPlecs®-TOP 200 AMR 150 LG (Cellular antenna for outdoor use)
Model : OmPlecs®-TOP 200 AMR MF-05-3 (WLAN antenna for Indoor Use)
TE connectivity
Website : www.te.com
MIMO antennas for onboard rail applications for 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, LTE, WiFi, GPS/GNSS technologies. They are compliant to EN50155 and EN45545 specifications.
NETMODULE AG
Email : sales@netmodule.com
Website : www.netmodule.com
There are various models available. Visit company website for detailed technical features.
Huber-Suhner
Website : www.hubersuhner.com
The company manufactures directional and omni-directional antennas for indoor and outdoor applications.
M2M Connectivity, a Sierra Wireless Company
Email : sales@m2mconnectivity.com.au
Website : m2mconnectivity.com.au
Maxwave rooftop antennas are used for LTE, WiFi and WIMAX MIMO applications. It supports 4x4 or 8x8 MIMO system.


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