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  • Date : September / 08 / 2016
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Potomac Spectrum Partners (PSP)is partnering with TASSTA, PowerTrunk (part of the Sepura Group) and Space Data to develop a nationwide TETRA network in the US for mission-critical voice, data and IoT applications, according to Bruce Scapier, managing member at PSP (pictured right). He told TETRA Today that the partners already have all the spectrum and FCC certifications to roll out the network.

Bruce Scapier

Bruce Scapier

Initial deployments will take place around the US Midwest, with a single state-wide rollout and a deployment in a city with a population in excess of  two million people, starting in 4Q16. This strategy was chosen because it strikes a balance between “potential traction and difficulty”. The envisaged user base isn’t restricted to public safety with expected users to include those from other sectors including the oil and gas industry, and trucking.

Scapier adds that PSP has had “discussions at the highest level” with both the Federal government and certain states who are “definitively interested” in some of its capabilities/solutions.

“We’ve taken a very focused approach. A nationwide network can’t be built out overnight and to make sure that we’re building this year, 4Q, we determined it was best to acquire assets that would enable us to begin building,” Scapier says, “Through purchasing these assets, we own the systems or the spectrum necessary so we don’t need further government or quasi-government permissions.  We have acquired a substantial number of those opportunities through purchase and we’re holding onto some of the people from these acquisitions because of their knowledge of the specific local markets and legacy SMR and radio networks inside the US…”

“To get started we wanted no path that required approvals beyond what we could get by acquiring assets and then converting them over to this TETRA based network married to both the TASSTA bridge and the ability to enhance coverage, redundancy and resiliency through the Space Data balloon-based technology and provide coverage in areas where terrestrial sites never made financial sense but were still important under any sort of mandate.”

TASSTA’s gateway and app solutions, which allow interworking between smartphone users and those using a range of PMR technologies, will mean that states working with PSP and its partners will not have to ditch what they have and suffer the loss of the political capital that entails, according to Scapier. He says that the partners have a business model that will allow organisations to come on board, without being hampered by budgetary constraints and being able to accommodate legacy equipment, will allow their system to grow quickly. While the exact proportion will vary depending on a customer’s requirements, Scapier envisages a 40:60 split between conventional terminals and smartphones in the latter’s favour and says that the partners are working to make the network as future-proof as possible.

SkySite.jpgSpace Data’s balloons operate at an altitude of 60,000 ft and provide a fully redundant capability and according to Scapier are ideal for providing coverage in remote areas, valleys, canyons and in the aftermath of catastrophic occurrences like Hurricane Katrina. He adds that Space Data already has all the necessary approvals and that they provide a means of delivering full geographical coverage in the US in an economically practical manner.

“One of the reasons why we like working with Space Data is that… they are already approved to fly with this capability if it meets the weight requirements, which it does. They’ve flown with LTE, Integrated Digital Enhanced Network (iDEN), flown everything and we know it can be done without going back to the FCC because we have the approvals as long as it stays within the established weight requirements. They have approval for that.”

The decision to use of TETRA comes from its success in the competitive global mission-critical marketplace, claiming “the lion’s share”, the fact that the TETRA community has done the most planning with regard to migration to LTE and the significant cost-advantage TETRA terminals have over their P25 counterparts.

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James Judson

TETRA Today asked Scapier about the TETRA manufacturers it will be working with.
“If you’re talking about TETRA in the United States, the company that has been the most aggressive and has had the most traction has been PowerTrunk, our partner, and it is supporting our endeavour but of course one of the beauties of TETRA is that there is more than one manufacturer. What’s been able to keep our pricing structure down is that this is a truly competitive technology, but it would be foolish to say that PowerTrunk with its proven ability to know and penetrate this market isn’t a very key component of what we’re trying to do.”

“That said, there are others in the TETRA marketplace that have expressed real interest in being part of what we’re doing – that is the beauty of competition. We  work very closely with PowerTrunk. PowerTrunk has been focused on providing us with the pricing we need to make our business model work, and will continue to do so. It understands the US TETRA market better than anyone.

“Here in the states, TETRA handsets are, in some cases, available at just one tenth the price of P25 handsets. We feel that enhancing TETRA with seamless smartphone integration and new levels of coverage will make it a forceful presence in the US mission-critical communications market and the wider telecoms sector,” Scapier concludes.

PSP’s management team and key investors have decades of experience in telecom, including but not limited to spectrum and deployment on both local and nationwide levels. For example, C. James (Jim) Judson (pictured right), a key PSP investor and member participated in some of the largest wireless communications undertakings in the US such as Cellular One and Nextel.

 

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  • Date : July / 03 / 2014
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Jose Martin, CEO of PowerTrunk looks at the health of TETRA in North America

Darlington_-_1.jpgFollowing the successful deployment of the BC Hydro TETRA network in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, another Canadian utility has awarded PowerTrunk a very significant contract. Ontario Power Generation (OPG) issued an RFP for the procurement of a Rapid Deployment Disaster Management Communication System for its Darlington and Pickering nuclear power generating stations which PowerTrunk won with an innovative TETRA-based solution. On March 11, 2011 a magnitude 9.0 earthquake followed by a tsunami struck the east coast of Japan, causing widespread damage, including loss of safety equipment and a total loss of power at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. The disaster triggered concerns worldwide about the necessity of resilient, secure and capable communication systems which could be rapidly deployed in the event of similar catastrophic events at nuclear power stations, OPG being one of the first utilities which took practical steps to mitigate the risk of losing all telecommunication links when they are most needed. In this regard, PowerTrunk has contributed with its cutting-edge TETRA technology, its engineering and project management capabilities, and its willingness to customise. All components in the system, including voice and data dispatching platforms, are rapidly deployable and powered by autonomous means.

TETRA has emerged as a powerful solution to meet mission-critical land mobile radio requirements in North America. The barriers PowerTrunk overcame in 2011 and 2012 with its first awards can’t prevent American and Canadian users any longer from choosing TETRA as the most effective technology to accomplish their goals. In the midst of a not completely understood transition between legacy radio technologies and wireless broadband solutions, TETRA figures as the only data-capable option which, simultaneously, is mission-critical-capable. In other words, TETRA is everything but a legacy technology as the TETRA + Critical Communications Association (TCCA) has stated several times. TETRA will stay as the preferred radio technology over the next ten years or more.

PowerTrunk, not insensitive to any market trends, advocates hybrid TETRA-LTE networks in the medium and long term as indeed LTE can provide data throughput enough to implement certain applications of the users’ interest (e.g. video) while general coverage and critical functionality are guaranteed by a state-of-the-art narrowband technology such as TETRA. For these reasons, PowerTrunk understands very well that LTE will never replace LMR in the field of cost-effective, mission-critical-capable, spectrum-efficient radio networks. Therefore, both worlds (narrowband and broadband) will cooperate rather than compete.

With regards to PowerTrunk’s evolution in the US, New Jersey Transit, Academy Bus and ARINC (Rockwell-Collins) for Los Angeles International Airport deployed TETRA networks that became operational in 2013. NJ Transit’s is the largest with thirty-five radio sites. Over 4,000 buses and 200 light rail trains will be served. The Super Bowl 2014 held in New York and New Jersey last February was the perfect showcase to demonstrate how TETRA can enhance transit’s operation in critical environments. In addition, GE Transportation awarded PowerTrunk a contract last March to integrate its PTC-qualified ITCS rail signaling system with TETRA in Colombia. Other end-users are expected to join the emergent American TETRA community in the near future.

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  • Date : May / 23 / 2014
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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 theFerrocarriles 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”.

GE Transportation

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.

For more information, go to www.getransportation.com

 

About PowerTrunk

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

 

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Keith Ammons, VP of Market Development (kammons@powertrunk.com)

PowerTrunk, Inc.

66 York Street, 4th floor

Jersey City, NJ 07302

Tel:  201-630-4520

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  • Date : January / 25 / 2014
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TELEX AND POWERTRUNK ANNOUNCE JOINT DEVELOPMENT OF IP-BASED DISPATCH CONSOLE FOR TETRA

 

Lincoln, NE and Jersey City, NJ – January 24, 2014 – Telex Radio Dispatch and PowerTrunk Inc. have announced the joint development of an IP-based dispatch console interface designed for the PowerTrunk-T TETRA system.  The Telex Radio Dispatch partnership with PowerTrunk will provide a total solution for TETRA customers for all sizes of voice and data applications.

 

The distributive architecture of the Telex design will make this console the most flexible and scalable in the market today, enhancing the PowerTrunk-T solution with the ability to control the system from any number of console positions distributed throughout an IP network, isolating the radio dispatch position from the mobile radio itself. The ability to control a TETRA fixed station radio from multiple consoles and patching capabilities boosts control room functionality when connected over the air to a TETRA network.

 

Telex / PowerTrunk partnership provides an integrated radio dispatch solution for TETRA networks.  PowerTrunk MDT-400 mobile radios connected to Telex IP-2002 or C-Soft consoles through the IP-223 remote adapter panel will provide with flexible voice communications to dispatch positions.

 

About Telex

Part of the Bosch Security Systems, Inc., Communications Systems Division family of brands, Telex has designed and manufactured the world’s most trusted and widely deployed radio dispatch equipment for over 30 years, providing systems for emergency services, government offices, public safety departments, municipalities, educational institutions, airports, utility operations, medical facilities, transportation industries and many more.

 

About PowerTrunk

PowerTrunk Inc. is the subsidiary of Teltronic® S.A.U. responsible for business development, distribution, and customer support for Teltronic land mobile radio (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.telex.com and www.powertrunk.com

 

 

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Keith Ammons, VP of Market Development (kammons@powertrunk.com)

PowerTrunk, Inc.

66 York Street, 4th floor

Jersey City, NJ 07302

Tel:  201-630-4520

Fax:  201-630-4522

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  • Date : November / 06 / 2013
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Largest statewide public transportation system relies on TETRA land mobile radio network to service Super Bowl XLVIII

Jersey City, NJ  — November 5, 2013 — Following a contract award in 2012, PowerTrunk, Inc., the North American subsidiary of Teltronic  S.A.U., a major global TETRA vendor, started supplying and commissioning a 800 MHz TETRA network for NJ TRANSIT’s replacement Bus Radio System through a U.S.-based systems integrator.  The network went live in early 2013 with partial coverage in the Newark, New Jersey area and is currently being used in a limited capacity by NJ TRANSIT staff as the system continues to be built-out. This is the first commercial TETRA network in the United States to become operational.

The PowerTrunk TETRA network provides NJ TRANSIT with the first mission-critical land mobile radio system in the United States that has sufficient data capacity to support the voice and data needs of transit operations over a single LMR network. The network significantly enhances the safety and efficiency of existing NJ TRANSIT operations because it (1) delivers carrier-grade speech quality, (2) carries data services on a system with mission-critical reliability, and (3) offers higher data capacity which enables advanced data-centric applications.

The new system includes radio base stations, core infrastructure, and over 4,000 TETRA subscriber radios to support on-board Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) equipment for buses, NJ TRANSIT contract bus operations, light rail trains, and non-revenue fleet vehicles.  Four PowerTrunk CeCoCo® CAD centers with a total of 27 operator positions and 700 portable radios will be used for management personnel and field staff.  The TETRA service also provides data communications support to NJ TRANSIT for an advanced automatic vehicle location (AVL) application supplied by a third party, and for status messaging between light rail trains and the control center.

Bus and light rail operations are not the only services expected to benefit from the enhancements provided to NJ TRANSIT through the PowerTrunk TETRA system.  The largest statewide transit agency in the U.S. will play a major role in supporting Super Bowl XLVIII to be held in February 2014.  One of the most exciting sport events ever to be hosted in the NY/NJ region, NJ TRANSIT will be responsible for providing safe, reliable, and efficient transportation services throughout the area where Super Bowl events will be held.  To maintain the highest levels of performance and service quality, NJ TRANSIT will deploy a number of network expansions in cooperation with PowerTrunk, such as additional Bluetooth®-equipped subscriber equipment, base stations to provide coverage at certain spots in Manhattan, a PowerTrunk CeCoFleet® CAD platform, and several gateways to provide interoperable communications with other radio networks and legacy systems.

“PowerTrunk is honored to have been selected by NJ TRANSIT to implement the first commercial TETRA land mobile radio network in operation in the United States,” stated Jose Martin, CEO of PowerTrunk. “With deployment on schedule, this showcase network is currently in use, and is projected to be fully built out in early 2014.”

NJ TRANSIT’s new FCC-licensed LMR network utilizes the standard TETRA protocol developed by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI), and operates in the 800 MHz FCC Part 90 spectrum.  TETRA is a 4-slot TDMA technology using 25 KHz frequencies which allows users to comply with the FCC’s narrowband mandate below 512 MHz (6.25 KHz equivalent per channel). TETRA has been approved by the FCC for use in the U.S. for a wide range of frequencies.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation’s largest statewide public transportation system providing more than 895,000 weekday trips on 261 bus routes, three light rail lines, 12 commuter rail lines, and through Access Link paratransit service.  It is the third largest transit system in the country with 164 rail stations, 61 light rail stations, and more than 19,000 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 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. www.powertrunk.com.