CalAmp Corp., provider of wireless products, services and solutions, received initial purchase orders totaling approximately $5 million to supply interoperable Positive Train Control radios to two North American Class 1 railroads for delivery in the second half of calendar 2012.
“Our successful execution on the two-year development contract to design the PTC base station, locomotive and wayside radio hardware and build initial production radios has positioned us well to service the rail industry, which is an important growth market for CalAmp. These initial orders for radios will facilitate a smooth transition for CalAmp from the end of our PTC development contract to full-scale production. In addition to our PTC radios, we will be extending CalAmp’s full suite of mobile asset management and LTE communications solutions to the rail market to further enhance our value add in this strategic market segment,” said Mike Zachan, general nanager of CalAmp’s Wireless Networks business.
The CalAmp-designed radios will provide the critical data link between locomotives, base stations, wayside switches and other railroad systems. The PTC system will work across different geographic regions and railroad track networks in a system designed to help prevent train-to-train collisions, over-speed derailments, incursions into work zone limits and the movements of trains through switches left in the wrong position.