22 Apr 2024

Call for Public Consultation – AS 7495 – Rolling Stock Communications Equipment

AS 7495 – Rolling Stock Communications Equipment

The closing date for comments – Friday, 21 June 2024

The Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB) is enthusiastic about extending its support to the ANZ Rail Industry with the development of this new Standard for rolling stock communications equipment.

How will this help the rail industry? 

The purpose of this Standard is to support the National Rail Action Plan objectives of interoperability, harmonisation and increasing opportunities for ANZ based suppliers to be integrated into the rolling stock equipment supply chain.


AS 7495 Rolling Stock Communications Equipment identifies the different types of communications equipment used on rolling stock, defines the high-level functional requirements and performance-based outcomes for the equipment while also considering the asset lifecycle requirements. The Standard applies to communications equipment requirements for new and modified locomotive, freight, passenger, light rail and infrastructure maintenance rolling stock.

Equipment identified in this Standard shall support communications equipment requirements already defined in other Standards, codes of practice and guidelines.

AS 7495 incorporates all types of rolling stock communications systems including but not limited to; Safety Critical Communications; Train Control Systems; Passenger and Crew Interface Systems; Vehicle Telemetry; and Security Systems such as CCTV.  

As part of the development of this new Standard, the Development Group has assessed and included other general requirements such as: Cybersecurity; Technology Standardization; Interoperability; Human Factors; EMC; Software; RAMS; Safety Requirements and the use of “off the shelf” componentry.

As the rail industry’s accredited standards development organisation, we continue to collaborate with government, rail infrastructure managers, rail operators, rail equipment suppliers and industry leaders to improve the efficiency and harmonisation of Australia’s rail network, ensuring national interoperability into the future.

How to contribute

AS 7495 – Rolling Stock Communications Equipment will be available for public consultation for 60 days. All interested parties are encouraged to provide comments during this time.

The draft standard is available to download here.

To make comments on the draft, please use the commenting tools in Adobe Acrobat or Acrobat Reader to comment in-line with the text.

All comments are to be submitted via email to our Standards Development Manager, Bruce Wooldridge at bwooldridge@rissb.com.au.

The closing date for comments is Friday, 21 June 2024.