NJ TRANSIT and PowerTrunk Pilot the First TETRA LMR Network in the United States
Landmark pilot demonstrates PowerTrunk's TETRA capabilities.
New York City, NY — January 5, 2011 – NJ TRANSIT and PowerTrunk, Inc. have launched a TETRA land mobile radio network (LMR) pilot in Newark, New Jersey. This is the first TETRA pilot hosted in the United States. PowerTrunk TETRA networks are operational throughout the world; the NJ TRANSIT pilot demonstrates the viability of PowerTrunk’s TETRA technology in the United States.
The pilot consists of a two-site network which includes PowerTrunk-T base stations, mobiles, hand portables, a line dispatcher and a switch to integrate a legacy VHF system. In addition, the network is integrated with an existing CAD system and a PowerTrunk PABX/PSTN gateway allows full duplex cellular-like communications between cell or public switched phones and PowerTrunk radios. The pilot operates on a combination of a leased T-1 line and a private optical fiber backbone with routers configured for Ethernet Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP) required by PowerTrunk-T infrastructure equipment.
“It is important that NJ TRANSIT conduct technical due diligence on available digital LMR (D-LMR) systems as we move closer to finalizing functional specifications to replace our aging analog LMR system,” said NJ TRANSIT Director of Radio Communications, Andrew Schwartz. “We must ensure the technology we ultimately acquire through a competitive process is scalable, maintainable, and supports a rich set of features to address current and future Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) applications, including robust data capabilities.”
NJ TRANSIT has already piloted other D-LMR systems and is now exploring the available features and functions of TETRA, a D-LMR standard used around the world for other advanced transit applications.
“We chose to pilot PowerTrunk’s TETRA LMR because of their leadership in bringing TETRA to the U.S., their success in winning FCC type-acceptance for their equipment under Part 90, and their track record of successful transit LMR deployments. To date, results have been positive. We have used the PowerTrunk-T system alongside our legacy LMR system without any interference issues,” Schwartz added.
“PowerTrunk’s specialized transportation-ready TETRA equipment is operational in some of the largest train, subway and bus systems around the globe. Our transportation customers include the STC Subway in Mexico City, the second most populous metropolitan area in the world,” said Jose Martin, Chief Operating Officer of PowerTrunk. “We are honored that NJ TRANSIT chose to host the first U.S. TETRA pilot with us.”
About NJ TRANSIT
NJ TRANSIT is the largest statewide public transportation system in the United States, providing more than 895,000 weekday trips on 240 bus routes, 3 light rail lines and 12 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 165 rail stations, 60 light rail stations and more than 18,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.
About PowerTrunk Inc.
PowerTrunk Inc. is the subsidiary of Teltronic® S.A.U. responsible for business development, distribution and customer support for Teltronic land mobile radio projects in North America. PowerTrunk is headquartered in New York City. With 35 years’ experience designing, manufacturing, implementing and supporting digital and analog land mobile radio turnkey projects, Teltronic S.A.U. has more than 300 systems installed in 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
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