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Survey on operational communications (study for the evolution of the railway communications system)  
In 2013, the Agency contracted to Analysys Mason a study for the evolution of the railway communications system, under the main title of “Survey on operational communications”.
The scope of this study was the analysis of the current situation with respects to the communication system used for voice and data for the rail traffic management, taking into account other sectors where similar communication needs are found (aviation, maritime traffic, blue light services).  The contractor was requested to gather information from different sources, including trends in the approach to technology of different sectors, to analyze it and to present it as part of the work, together with a set of recommendations extracted from the survey and analysis performed.
The resulting study was requested to include the possible evolution of the communication needs and the description of different network ownership models. It was also requested to take into account particularities and differences between Member States when doing an evaluation of the possible evolution models presented for the system.
The opinions expressed in this study are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Railway Agency.
The study is part of a larger program of activities for future communications systems for railways being carried out by ERA.
A separate operational requirements capture exercise was initiated also in 2013, and the results of this activity are expected in the second quarter of 2014. Discussion on operational  requirements will follow, with the participation of experts of representative organizations.
The work of the contractor will be followed in 2014 and 2015, with subsequent Workshops to evaluate the options proposed in this study. Thanks to the stakeholder engagement and the open participation in them, the establishment of the adequate criteria is envisaged, with the objective to select the most feasible evolution options. 
 The result of this study is summarised in the attached presentation, and the full text can be found under the report link: