(Newcastle upon Tyne, 9 June 2016) Nomad Digital, the world’s leading provider of wireless connectivity and ICT solutions to the rail sector, has successfully procured, designed and implemented the very first WiMAX trackside system to support operationally critical rail signalling communications in North America.
Utilising its unique combination of in-depth digital rail experience and wireless radio planning expertise, Nomad has taken the project from an initial concept stage and designed and developed a unique trackside to on-board communications solution for Xorail (Wabtec Corp.) – a leading US rail systems integrator – providing an integrated signalling solution for Denver Transit Partners.
The brand new metro, Denver Eagle P-3 Commuter Rail Service, connects the airport and other outlying districts of Denver with the central Denver Union Station, adding over 40km of new routes to the existing light rail system.
The solution, which is considered to be a world-first, provides a robust, highly redundant, connectivity platform, which enables the delivery and management of critical operational applications such as positive train control, closed-circuit television, passenger emergency information, public announcement and maintenance data systems.
The resounding benefit to the transportation operator is enhanced safety and improved fleet optimisation. Most importantly, the communications system complies with Federal Railroad Administration standards for positive train control, a mandate that requires every rail system to provide an automated service that has a train-stop safety capability in case of loss of communication with the centre.
Through an innovative, strategic partnership with Xorail (Wabtec Corp.), Nomad designed the on-board and trackside components of the WiMAX track-to-shore communications system. The system leverages Nomad’s IP technology and connects the fleet of railcars to 50 trackside WiMAX transmission sites arranged to give multiple redundant operation, and so maximum availability. The WiMAX system deployment has been completed on the first and largest of three corridors, the “University of Colorado A Line” to Denver International Airport, with two additional corridors, “Gold Line” to the Western suburbs and “Northwest Corridor” scheduled for service by the end of this year.
Nomad, said “In a collaborative partnership with Xorail, Denver Transit Partners, the Regional Transportation District and City of Denver, we have introduced an innovative WiMAX communications solution for rail operational application transmissions. Through Nomad’s design engineering expertise and utilisation of our R3200 platform, we have delivered a first in America, which sets the benchmark for trackside communications networks and enables the operator to run a safer and more efficient service for its passengers.”
Nomad Digital CEO, said “This is a truly exciting project, which through collaboration with our partners has delivered a global first in the North American market. A combination of technical thought leadership, digital and engineering excellence and rail expertise has resulted in a solution which has global strategic relevance to the rail industry.”
About Nomad Digital
Nomad Digital is the world’s leading provider of passenger and fleet connectivity solutions to the railway industry. It offers a broad solutions portfolio to transport operators and builders that significantly enhance passenger experience and increase fleet operational efficiency.
Its integrated and scalable solutions include the multi-award winning and patent-protected Passenger WiFi, enabling seamless connectivity with the internet and on-board infotainment. In addition, its Passenger Information System for live journey, multi-media information and Passenger Portal Framework simplifies the creation of custom portals for on-board services and entertainment. And Nomad’s Remote Online Condition Monitoring, Driver Assist and Power Train products are targeted at identifying efficient fleet maintenance operations and improving fuel economy.
Nomad is the pioneer of the Intelligent journey – a shared and secure network infrastructure to which all authorised on-board systems and passenger devices may connect.
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