Telstra has landed a multi-million dollar, ten-year telecommunications contract with the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).
The deal involves supply, maintenance and enhancement to its Telstra-powered National Train Communications System (NTCS), which supports ARTC’s 8500km national rail freight network.
ARTC CEO John Fullerton said the Telstra-based NTCS will provide a platform for many of its new innovations in development.
“Using the Telstra NextG network, applications such as safe travelling distance technology (proximity alerting), real-time locomotive tracking, sophisticated track and wayside monitoring technology, situational awareness systems and the next generation of train management - the Advanced Train Management System (ATMS) - all become possible,” Fullerton said.
ARTC switched off its analogue telecommunications network in December 2014 to operate a single nationwide platform. This includes freight trains operating on other rail networks that aren’t managed by ARTC. It also provides a single network for communications between train control, trains, trackside workers and wayside equipment.
The NTCS communications infrastructure uses Telstra NextG coverage along its routes which includes more than 70 base stations built specifically for ARTC, supplemented by a Telstra Satellite solution powered by Iridium.
Telstra has also transitioned ARTC to a private Cloud environment built on VCE Vblock, reducing the resources required to host applications.