Melbourne, FL and Jersey City, NJ – May 21, 2014 – GE Transportation, a division of General Electric Company, and PowerTrunk Inc. jointly announce entering into a Purchase Services Agreement (PSA) for the purpose of providing an Incremental Train Control System (ITCS) over a digital TETRA land mobile radio network for the Ferrocarriles del Norte de Colombia S.A. (FENOCO S.A.) Railway Company in Colombia.
ITCS is a Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) approved Positive Train Control railway signaling system which uses train-to-wayside wireless links and a vital communications protocol to monitor and control train actions. ITCS reports train status along the railway and provides a variety of safety and operational functions such as track occupancy, speed limits and controls, and enforces the execution of the safety functions by means of a vital onboard computer. This proven technology has been approved by the FRA for operation at speeds up to and including 110MPH (177KM/hr). There are installations in service or in development in North America, China, Australia, and South America.
“One of the major selling points of ITCS has always been its flexibility in Communications Subsystem infrastructure. The addition of a TETRA-based network to our communications arsenal is huge. The integration of TETRA with ITCS, and potentially some of our other communications based products, will significantly improve our product portfolio’s communications capabilities by utilizing a standardized, state of the art, digital radio technology.” said Berry Yeldell, Product Manager of GE’s ITCS Communications-based Train Control System.
TETRA, which is the leading digital land mobile radio (LMR) technology standard used in more than 125 countries worldwide today, is the chosen radio system to support the FENOCO ITCS project, as its ability to simultaneously support both voice and data transmission make it an ideal communication solution. FENOCO currently owns and operates a TETRA voice network provided by PowerTrunk’s parent company, TELTRONIC S.A.U. of Spain. Under the agreement, the TETRA network will be expanded and upgraded to support ITCS for FENOCO’s railway operations in northern Colombia. TETRA base stations are installed along the rail line, and specially-designed onboard TETRA radios will use ITCS technology to allow wayside status and train control information to be exchanged from ground to train along the route, thereby enhancing railway safety.
“This new strategic agreement between GE Transportation and PowerTrunk/Teltronic is an exciting opportunity to integrate proven TETRA capability with world-class GE railway communications products that offer next generation solutions to customers worldwide,” said Chris Ramsden, VP of Sales for PowerTrunk.
“The Purchase Services Agreement we have entered into with GE Transportation involves, as a first step, integrating our TETRA technology with GE Transportation’s PTC-qualified ITCS railway safety system; a challenge that PowerTrunk and its parent company, Teltronic S.A.U., are excited to meet. ” said Jose Martin, CEO of PowerTrunk. “We are proud for being selected by such a market leader to conduct the first ever PTC over TETRA integration”.
At GE Transportation, we are in the business of realizing potential. We are a global technology leader and supplier to the rail, mining, marine, stationary power and drilling industries. Our innovations help customers deliver goods and services with greater speed and greater savings using our advanced manufacturing techniques and connected machines. Established more than a century ago, GE Transportation is a division of the General Electric Company that began as a pioneer in passenger and freight locomotives. That innovative spirit still drives GE Transportation today. It is the engine of change that puts us at the forefront of innovation and technology, where we continue to realize new potential and keep our connected world moving forward. GE Transportation is headquartered in Chicago, IL, and employs approximately 12,000 employees worldwide.
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PowerTrunk Inc. is the subsidiary of Teltronic® S.A.U. responsible for business development, distribution, and customer support for Teltronic LMR projects in North America. PowerTrunk is headquartered in Jersey City, New Jersey. With over 40 years’ experience designing, manufacturing, implementing, and supporting digital and analog land mobile radio turnkey projects, Teltronic S.A.U. has more than 350 systems installed in more than 50 countries. Teltronic’s LMR solutions are widely deployed in the public safety, oil and gas, transportation, and utilities industries. LMR equipment includes conventional and trunked infrastructure systems, mobiles, hand portables, and dispatching consoles for TETRA, P25, WiMAX/LTE, and MPT-1327 technologies. Headquartered in Spain, Teltronic S.A.U. has direct commercial presence in over 25 countries throughout Europe, Asia, the Pacific Rim, the Middle East, Latin America, and the United States.
For more information, go to www.powertrunk.com