CalAmp Awarded $2M Mobile Data Contract in Australia (8/1/12)
CalAmp was awarded a more than $2 million sub-contract by Ansaldo STS to provide a mobile data communications system for Rio Tinto Iron Ore's (RTIO) AutoHaul project, to be implemented across its 1,500-kilometer private railway system in western Australia.
Operated by the mining company to haul iron ore from remote locations in northwestern Australia, the private railway is being upgraded to incorporate a next-generation automated train operation system. Under this project, CalAmp is designated to supply base stations and mobile data radios, which operate in the 450 MHz band with parallel decoding technology to improve reception capability while the train is in motion. Operating on private licensed radio channels, the radios were modified to comply with Australian Communications and Media Authority regulations (ACMA) and to meet certain application-specific requirements.
Initially, the CalAmp system will include 56 base stations and about 180 mobile units, which will be installed primarily on locomotives. The mobile radios will support the automated train operation system which when implemented will use extra technology, layered onto existing control systems used within the RTIO rail network, to reduce the overall demand for locomotive drivers and facilitate increasing shipped ore tonnages. CalAmp will also be providing ongoing support services.
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