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Railroad Software-Defined Radio

Document Series
Technical Reports
Federal Railroad Administration
Report Number
Subject Communications
Railroad wireless communications, software-defined radio, technology survey, system requirements specification (SysRS), component requirements, trade-off analysis
SDR-A.pdf (3.14 MB)

Transportation Technology Center, Inc. assessed the potential use of a software-defined radio to meet the current and future wireless communication needs of the U.S. railroad industry. FRA funded this project due to the high level of complexity involved in developing requirements and a preferred design approach for such a radio. The project required extensive research, survey, and trade studies of a technology area that has not been widely implemented beyond military applications.

Last updated: Tuesday, September 15, 2020