Metro Rail Communication Through Radio Systems 

Metro Rail General Rules

Metro Rail Communication Through Radio Systems 

Radio Waves

A radio uses electromagnetic waves to send information across the air. This is accomplished by producing an electrical signal that moves back and forth, or oscillates, at a rapid rate.

 Frequency Spectrum


Technology in use:

1. Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) (formerly known as Trans European Trunked Radio) is a specialist professional Mobile Radio and two-way transceiver specification.

2. This standard was developed by the ETSI for private mobile radio. Open standard for private mobile radio. It defines radio services and interfaces
3. The TETRA standard defines the air interface between mobile stations and the infrastructure.

Radio system

1. The Radio system is a digital trunked radio system, operating in 380-400 MHz band and confirming TETRA standards.
2. The Radio system has central control equipment installed in OCC.
3. The Radio system uses EBTS towers for communication in the rail corridor & leaky coaxial cable along each track in the tunnels for communication with train-borne mobile radio (in the metro corridor).

Metro Rail Communication Through Radio Systems – RADIO CENTRAL EQUIPMENT AT OCC

Metro Rail Communication Through Radio Systems RADIO CENTRAL EQUIPMENT AT OCC



The trunking concept allows channels or other resources to be made available to users as they are needed. It allows all the channels to be pooled together. As a channel is needed, the controller grants an available channel from its pool of channels.

TETRA Trunking

Metro Rail Communication Through Radio Systems TETRA Trunking


Talk group
1. In most organizations, radio users work in groups that are based on their functions and responsibilities. These groups of radio users can be assigned to communication talk groups that reflect their function or responsibilities.

Calls are semi-duplex.


1. Trunk Mode Operation: It represents communication between two or more TETRA mobile stations with the use of trunking network infrastructure.

This model consists of 4 communication modes:
(a) Group mode (b) Private mode
(c) Phone mode (d) Emergency mode


Metro Rail Communication Through Radio Systems Trunk Mode Operation

(a) Group Mode:

It is a half-duplex communication mode in which many users can communicate with each other by selecting a common talk group.

(b) Private Mode:
It is a half as well as full-duplex communication mode in which many users can communicate with each other privately without interfering with the talk group. It uses two frequencies.

(c) Phone Mode:
It is a full-duplex mode of communication in which a radio user can talk to any dialed phone number within Metro or external network connected to the metro.

(d) Emergency Call:
The emergency key is provided on every piece of radio equipment, and the audiovisual alarm will appear on every radio unit in that talk group. The party who initiates the call has the highest priority for calling.


2. Direct Mode Operation:
It represents direct communication between two or more TETRA mobile stations without the use of trunking network infrastructure.

Simplex mode of communication.

Metro Rail Communication Through Radio Systems Simplex mode of communication


EBTS (Enhanced base Transreceiver System)

• It provides an RF interface from the master site to the mobile subscribers in a TETRA system. It can be categorized into two configurations:
(a) Above ground (Rail corridor)
(b) Underground (Metro corridor)

•Both are of the same configuration & characteristics.

Metro Rail Communication Through Radio Systems EBTS


Metro Rail Communication Through Radio Systems OCC


1. A transmitter transmits a radio signal.
2. A transmitter usually has a power supply, an oscillator, a modulator, and amplifiers.

Metro Rail Communication Through Radio Systems Transmitter Block Diagram


1. A receiver is a device that receives a radio signal from an antenna and decodes the signal for use
2. Generally, receiver refers to a demodulator, a preamplifier, and a power amplifier


Receiver Block Diagram

Metro Rail Communication Through Radio Systems Receiver Block Diagram

Types of radio

1. Mobile Vehicle radio\Fixed

(a) RAU (Radio Access Unit) or Zetron radio set or Station radio
(b) Train radio set
(c) RCW (Radio console workstation)

2. Mobile Portable radio

Each radio has its radio identification which registers itself in the central system for its function. The radio is programmed for its ID, frequency, network code, talk group, and allowing types of call. Radio consists of trans and receiver and frequency synthesizer circuit which function along with DSP (Digital Signal Processor) for digital function.

RAU(Radio Access Unit)

1. It is located in the Station control room.
2. It is placed in the best radio coverage and it is fixed & has a functionality just like a telephone radio.

3. It is ideally suited to radio operator dispatchers and where office personnel needs access to a radio system without wanting to have a radio placed into the office environment.
4. The M390 is a robust telephone-style desktop controller with a large, easy-to-read LCD display & handset.

Metro Rail Communication Through Radio Systems RAU(Radio Access Unit)

Train radio

1. MTM700 Mobile radio is installed at front & rear cab for communication between the train driver & designated station controllers at OCC & Depots.
2. This radio unit is connected to different units e.g. TRIU, TRCP; these units are required to communicate with RCW, TIMS, ATS, and rear cab radio.
3. Dome-type omnidirectional antenna is located at the top roof of the train. This antenna is connected through an RF cable which is connected to a radio unit.

Front and rear view of Train radio in the cab

Metro Rail Communication Through Radio Systems Front and rear view of Train radio in cab


Trainborne equipment

Metro Rail Communication Through Radio Systems Trainborne equipment


Radio console workstation

1. It is for different controllers that are working in OCC such that chief and traffic controllers, etc.
2. On its MMI, all the radio information is displayed and communication can be set up only by clicking the radio identity.

Hand Portable radio

The hand portables come with 3×4 keypads, rotary switch dial, and LCD for number dialing and maximum flexibility. Each hand portable is equipped with ultra high capacity batteries (Li-ion or Li Mgh.) for longest standby and talk-time of 24 hrs, that is 5% transmit, 5% Receive, and 90% standby.

Hand portable is suitable for all kinds of calls used in DMRC.

Advantages of TETRA:

1. The frequency used gives a longer range, which permits high levels of geographic coverage with a smaller number of transmitters, thus cutting infrastructure costs.
2. Unlike cellular technologies, TETRA is built to do one-to-one, one-to-many and many-to-many.

3. Rapid deployment (transportable) network solutions are available for disaster relief and temporary capacity provision.
4. In the absence of a network mobiles/portables can use ‘direct mode’ whereby they share channels directly (walkie-talkie mode).

Disadvantages of TETRA:

1. Requires a linear amplifier to meet the stringent RF specifications that allow it to exist alongside other radio services.
2. Handsets are more expensive than cellular.

3. Handsets can sometimes interfere with badly designed (usually old) or sensitive electronic devices such as broadcast (TV) receivers, hospital equipment, speed cameras.


1. TETRA communication system has been implemented successfully
2. The signals are clear
3. The voice clarity is excellent
4. The TETRA technology effectively meets DMRC’s operational and functional expectations

For More Information:- https://www.ltmetro.in/hyderabad-metro-rail/project-highlights/telecom-system/

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