OXNARD, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 16, 2012) - CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ: CAMP), a leading provider of wireless products, services and solutions, announced today it has been awarded a key contract to supply wireless communications devices for an interoperable Positive Train Control (PTC) system for the Southern California Regional Rail Authority's (SCRRA) Metrolink commuter rail network. CalAmp is providing the wireless communications radios and base stations for the project under a contract with Parsons Corporation, prime contractor for the Metrolink PTC system.
This project is part of a nationwide, interoperable PTC network collision avoidance system that was mandated by the U.S. Congress in the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 to prevent train-to-train collisions, over-speed derailments, incursions into work zones and movement of trains through switches left in the wrong position. Under the mandate, certain passenger and freight railroads have until December 31, 2015 to comply. SCRRA plans to place its PTC system in service by December 2013, making it the first railroad in the United States to fully deploy an interoperable PTC system integrating GPS technology with train management computers and digital radio communications.
"As the designer and builder of the original prototype radio hardware for the national interoperable PTC Overlay System, we are extremely gratified to see our vision become a reality," said Mike Zachan, General Manager of CalAmp's Wireless Networks business. "And as a Southern California-based company, we are proud to be providing proven wireless communications equipment for Metrolink's PTC deployment that will help increase safety for our local commuter rail network and its passengers."
CalAmp's PTC radios will provide the critical data link between locomotives, base stations, wayside switches and other railroad systems in an automated command and control network that will work throughout the five-county, 500-mile Southern California Commuter Rail network. Shipments have already begun and are expected to be completed by the end of this calendar year.
"The Parsons team is excited to work with CalAmp on this challenging interoperable PTC deployment -- the first of its kind in the country. CalAmp's decades of experience in delivering highly reliable industrial and mission-critical communications products, service and support will serve the Metrolink project well. And the responsiveness of CalAmp's team is helping make our ambitious deployment schedule possible," said Paul Wadum, Key Account Manager for Parsons Corporation.
"Parsons Corporation is a recognized leader in the application and integration of communications-based train control systems and has been the technical lead on multiple installations worldwide. CalAmp has enjoyed a strong partnership with Parsons. We are pleased to support them in this PTC project with Metrolink, and look forward to supporting them in the future in rolling out the PTC Overlay System nationwide," Zachan added.
CalAmp develops and markets wireless communications solutions that deliver data connectivity services for critical networked communications and other applications. The Company's two business segments are Wireless DataCom, which serves enterprise, utility and governmental customers, and Satellite, which focuses on the North American Direct Broadcast Satellite market. For more information, please visit www.calamp.com.