Wabtec and Rajant Receive First Mobile Network Order from New Mexico Rail Runner Express
PITTSBURGH and MALVERN, Pa., September 23, 2020 – Wabtec (NYSE: WAB) has signed an agreement with the New Mexico Rail Runner Express (NMRX) to upgrade the wireless network of NMRX’s commuter fleet, in cooperation with Wabtec’s strategic networking technology partner, Rajant Corporation. This order is the first for Wabtec and Rajant since forming their strategic partnership to accelerate wireless technology for the global rail industry.
“The New Mexico Rail Runner Express deal marks an important milestone in our partnership with Rajant,” said Rajendra Jadhav, President of Wabtec’s Signaling, Communication and Wayside business. “Our complementary product portfolios enable us to provide the high-speed wireless service today’s passengers expect. The Kinetic Mesh® industrial wireless networking products are the ideal solution for New Mexico Rail Runner Express to enhance its commuter experience.”
“Rajant’s Senior Vice President, Business Development Peter Lenard said, “Rajant Kinetic Mesh is unlike any other wireless mesh system on the market today. What we have marketed with Wabtec is a fully mobile, multi-radio, broadband solution that is simple to deploy, maintaining continuous connectivity for any application – giving the customer a resilient mesh network solution that moves and evolves with the rail industry’s connectivity demands.”
“We value the partnership between Rajant and Wabtec,” said Robert Schena, Rajant’s CEO and Co-Founder.” Together, we are at the forefront of advancing transportation systems through continuous mobile connectivity in the most challenging mobile environments. The Kinetic Mesh wireless upgrades will provide New Mexico Rail Runner Express and its passengers the guaranteed uptime needed for the growing wireless demands of today and the future.”
The deal follows a 2019 agreement between Wabtec and NMRX for positive train control (PTC) system implementation. Wabtec integrated its Interoperable Electronic Train Management System PTC system on Rail Runner, including all necessary wayside and communication design and dispatch upgrades, with full PTC back office server support and equipment and software upgrades to their full fleet, including nine Wabtec manufactured Rail Runner locomotives and nine cab cars.
NMRX is owned by the State of New Mexico through the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT). NMDOT contracts with the Rio Metro Regional Transit District (RMRTD) to oversee the day-to-day operations of the railroad, to include dispatching, track and signal maintenance, maintenance of equipment and the operation of the Rail Runner commuter service. RMRTD is the legal entity responsible for ensuring FRA safety regulatory compliance including PTC implementation. The commuter fleet operates seven days a week between Belen, Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM. Rail Runner is the 25th busiest commuter rail line by annual ridership in 2019 (743,600).
Wabtec Corporation is a leading global provider of equipment, systems, digital solutions and value-added services for freight and transit rail. Drawing on nearly four centuries of collective experience across Wabtec, GE Transportation and Faiveley Transport, the company has unmatched digital expertise, technological innovation, and world-class manufacturing and services, enabling the digital-rail-and-transit ecosystems. Wabtec is focused on performance that drives progress, creating transportation solutions that move and improve the world. The freight portfolio features a comprehensive line of locomotives, software applications and a broad selection of mission-critical controls systems, including Positive Train Control (PTC). The transit portfolio provides highly engineered systems and services to virtually every major rail transit system around the world, supplying an integrated series of components for buses and all train-related market segments that deliver safety, efficiency and passenger comfort. Along with its industry-leading portfolio of products and solutions for the rail and transit industries, Wabtec is a leader in mining, marine and industrial solutions. Wabtec has approximately 27,000 employees in facilities throughout the world. Visit the company’s new website at: www.WabtecCorp.com.
Rajant Corporation is the exclusive provider of private wireless networks powered by the patented Kinetic Mesh® network, BreadCrumb® wireless nodes, and InstaMesh® networking software. With Rajant, customers can rapidly deploy a highly adaptable and scalable network that leverages the power of real-time data to deliver on-demand, mission-critical business intelligence. A low-latency, high-throughput, and secure solution for a variety of data, voice, video, and autonomous applications, Rajant’s Kinetic Mesh networks provide industrial customers with full mobility, allowing them to take their private network applications and data anywhere. With successful deployments in more than 60 countries for customers in military, mining, ports, rail, oil & gas, petrochemical plants, municipalities, and agriculture. Rajant is headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania with additional facilities and offices in Arizona and Kentucky. For more information, visit Rajant.com or follow Rajant on LinkedIn and Twitter.
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