Wireless Communication Solutions
for Rail Applications
dBD Communications is the UK’s leading National Rail approved manufacturer of wireless duplex communications solutions.
Since 2002, we’ve been at the forefront of rail wireless communications innovation. Every product has been designed to reduce risk and improve engineering and maintenance efficiency.
Designed for the rail industry
Since receiving Product Approval in 2011 for our Athena and Apollo duplex wireless systems, most rail operatives use our equipment.
Athena enables exceptional two-user communication up to 100 metres, whilst Apollo provides multiple users with a wireless range of up to 500 metres. Both can be integrated with back-to-back radio, which we also supply.
Depending on the situational awareness required and the work to be undertaken, we have a range of products to choose from.
Having more flexibility than other manufacturers, we also create bespoke solutions from hybrid systems. This is particularly useful where there are multiple user situations to consider.
Why choose us?
Aside from being an approved manufacturer, we use our vast communications expertise to solve industry challenges. This means that we never stand still as we evolve our technology to reduce risk and improve efficiency.
When you choose dBD Communications as a wireless solutions provider, you speak directly to us as a manufacturer and technical consultant.
This is why we are well respected by our colleagues in rail and continue to innovate.
Managed service and technical support
Having the right equipment at hand to perform tasks safely and efficiently is vitally important in rail maintenance. We understand this. What’s more, we create bespoke managed service and technical assistance packages to give you all the support you’ll need.
We’re able to provide you with any number of the services below (and more!):
- 24 hour phone support, in case of communications failure
- Quick response service to replace equipment or request more
- Traceability service – full tracking of our audio and radio communications for the duration of works, to prevent equipment loss
- Managed cleaning of equipment
- On-site servicing and maintenance
- Installation service to ensure communications are fitted correctly
- Training of staff to ensure correct use
All our products are available for free demos to ensure customer satisfaction ahead of making a purchase.
Simply contact our team to arrange a demonstration.
Athena 2 User Communication Solutions for Rail Application
The Athena System can be supplied for many different applications in multiple different variations:
Standard: The Standard Athena systems have slotted domes which allows for some environmental awareness and have a green banding. This variation provides audio through both ear domes. Communications can be supported up to 100 metres in range. The master headset in this system can integrate with a back to back radio.
Blocked: Athena Blocked systems are provided with enclosed ear domes and provide 20dB of localised noise suppression. This allows for hearing protection and clearer communication between users. Suited best for particularly noisy environments where communication can suffer as a result. Provides 100 metres communication. The master headset in this system can integrate with a back to back radio.
Ultra-Light & Lighter: Athena Ultra-Lights and Lighter are both signified with a yellow band. These systems provide more localised awareness. Ultra-Lights have a standalone right ear dome which clips onto a hard hat. The Lighter systems left ear dome is fully hollow, allowing an open ear, thus extending situational awareness. Both systems provide 100 metres communication.
Freedom: Compact design providing maximum spatial awareness in a lightweight package whilst retaining freedom of movement and communications. Weighing just 150g, the unit attaches to the back of a hard hat, boasting 100 metres range and achieving 24-hour battery life. The Freedom unit is compatible with any other Athena / Apollo headset or interface and is available with a series of bespoke options to create a solution for you. Our Freedom Headset can also be integrated into Forced Air Mask with a range of interchangeable ear pieces. Please visit our Additional Products page for more information on the accessories.
Hybrid: We are also able to provide a system consisting of two options which are more tailored to specific working environments. These are ‘Hybrid Systems’. For example, this would mean if one user required open awareness, but the other required ear protection, you could have one Blocked and one Lighter headset to create your system – these have a yellow and green striped band.
Athena Cab Kit: Cab Kit allows an Operator to communicate without a headset, consisting of a speaker box with a microphone, which ultimately replaces one of the Athena headsets. The system’s speaker projects communication from the Controller directly inside of the Cab, whilst the microphone attachment gives the Operator the ability to respond, completely hands free, though there is an option to have a fist microphone if the user prefers. This allows the Operator to have no noise suppression whatsoever and complete open awareness.
Athena Water Resistant Cab Kit (WRCK): The Athena Cab Kit series forms a water resistant variant, this would be attached to the baskets of MEWPs and other equipment open to the elements by integrating the system into a water resistant bag inside a high-vis carry rucksack. With all the same features of the standard Cab Kit, this variant provides a portable or hard wired system where users do not have to wear a headset, particularly useful for tasks needing full situational awareness whilst being able to communicate with a Controller.
A small, compact orange flight bag with hi-vis panels on the side for visibility. We listened to our customers' feedback and now they can be seen in the darkest of situations.
Approved tear-apart Hi-Vis bags for optimum safety.
Our hard cases keep systems protected with foam interiors and a solid, robust shell.
Our reinforced antennas have been proven to prevent damage that our standard aerials are prone to when the abuse of daily work gets heavy handed! The fixed joint prevents excessive strain and reduces the risk of breakage when installing or during work procedures.
Apollo Multiple User Communications Solutions for Rail Applications
There are a variety of duplex communication solutions available for our multiple user systems with a wireless range of 60 metres - 500 metres. Our Apollo systems utilise any of our Athena headsets as per our customers' preference and what is most suitable for their applications. All systems have a 24 hour battery life.
The Apollo Phantom is the preferred solution when a base unit is not required. The Phantom headset simply links to 2 other Athena headsets. The amount of users can be adapted by incorporating more Phantom headsets into the chain.
Apollo Flight Bag
Using the small, easily portable hi-vis flight bag as the base unit, this solution is the preferred option for 3 - 4 users, when a base unit is required. The users can be extended by incorporating another flight bag base unit if the Apollo Waterproof is found to be unsuitable for applications.
Stored in an easily portable hard carry case, our Apollo Waterproof system is our larger base unit solution for links of up to 8 per system. The systems can be linked together with another in order to extend the amount of users. Placing antennas onto the case will also extend the range to up to 500 metres.
Additional Products for Rail
Forced Air Masks with Communication
dBD Communications are a distributors of the 3m Versaflo Mask and Scott Mask as shown in the images below.
With the ability to add wireless duplex communication inside the mask via multiple solutions utilising our Athena headsets with different microphone and ear piece attachments suitable for the users. This enables user groups to maintain communication when in an RPE environment.