Aurizon Rail to Deploy Sepura Radios on New Network
Sepura partner in Australia - Radlink Communications – have secured a contract with Australia's largest rail freight operator Aurizon to deliver one of the country’s largest radio networks.
Aurizon moves coal, iron ore, agricultural freight and more across Australia daily and needed to improve the communications across their vast rail system. Their new radio network is due to be operational this year and will use TETRA technology, encompassing 79 sites across rails stretching a total of 2,670 kilometres. The network will link 50 coal mines and four major ports throughout central Queensland.
Aurizon have purchased 1,200 Sepura SC20 hand portable radios and 1,800 SRG3900 mobile terminals to be used across the network. The SRGs will be installed across the train fleet to maintain communications along the entire network.
Aurizon’s previous radio system was more than 20 years old, so an overhaul of the facility was needed to ensure reliable, secure communications to meet their current and future operational requirements. The new system will consolidate four analogue systems encompassing train control, shunting, maintenance and wayside operations into a singular cohesive TETRA network, providing the highest level of reliability and availability with no single point of failure. The new network will also deliver improved monitoring, remote diagnostics, overlapping radio coverage, GPS tracking and distress signal capabilities, enhancing control room oversight of operations and improving staff safety.
Radlink Communications are a leading systems integrator with vast experience in the deployment of Sepura terminals. Aurizon selected Sepura’s new SC20 handheld radio for their proven robustness, market-leading radio performance and extended coverage with 3W radio frequency and improved receiver sensitivity. The addition of Sepura’s Short Data Application (SDA) capability is also enabling the use of applications developed by Radlink for Aurizon which include; geofenced automatic voice channel selection, extreme weather alerts, heat maps of radios showing identity and location, excessive speed warnings, signal strength tracking and a mobile phone client providing two-way radio access and functionality on smartphones.
Aurizon staff have visited Sepura’s offices in Cambridge, UK and were very impressed with the design process and level of testing that Sepura applies to all products, including the latest SC2 series TETRA radios.
Radlink Communication’s project director, Scott Manson, says “The system we are implementing for Aurizon is truly ground-breaking in terms of its sheer scale, functionality and capability. The new TETRA network will be fully integrated to operate over the Aurizon Central Queensland MPLS network and will provide greater radio coverage, increased reliability and advanced monitoring for what will be a critical communications network”.
The project is progressing well with construction currently ahead of schedule and initial tests providing outstanding results. Radlink successfully designed and installed 79 TETRA base stations (including two control rooms, disaster recovery trailers & 15 new tower structures) in a 14 month installation programme across the remote Central Queensland landscape – an area in close to the size of Germany. Sepura have now delivered all 3,000 terminals to the project with the next phase of programming and vehicle installation well underway.
Doug Bowden, Senior Business Development Manager for Sepura in Australia said: “The success of Sepura terminals in supporting this project further proves Sepura’s reputation as a trusted solution provider for the transportation, mining, oil and gas industries in Australia. Through the experience and expertise of our partners such as Radlink, we continue to provide secure, reliable critical voice and data communication solutions for some of the world’s harshest environments”.