REC Alert displays operators’ most critical and highest priority calls (classified as level 0) which are generated by conductors to report an emergency and request assistance. They usually occur when a danger is detected on the tracks, when a train malfunctions and/or by error (false alarms) due to the improper use of a GSM handset. RECs cause safety concerns and train delays, which can result in cost increases if railway operators do not handle them properly.
Used in combination with QATS Railway, for example, it allows railway operators a very advanced view for specific or multiple RECs, with the option to focus on connection establishment duration, diffusion rates to either cells or call participants, complete call tracing including all the bits and bytes, and more. RECs are stored as long as the railway operator wants. This is particularly important for legal reasons, as following an incident, authorities might request that a railway operator prove that it has done everything in accordance with its safety procedures.
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