Amaro (UD) October 31, 2006.
Parvus Corporation today announced it has received a contract from the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Agency's (MTA) Metro-North Railroad (MNR) valued approximately $750,000. MNR is the second largest commuter railroad in the United States, providing approximately 250,000 customer trips each weekday and some 73,000,000 trips per year.
MNR has purchased 80 DuraMAR Mobile Access Routers (MARs) and 1XRTT Cellular Modem Kits from Parvus for deployment onboard its Budd M3A railcar fleet. This technology replaces obsolete Cellular Digital Packet Data (CDPD) radio equipment used by maintenance personnel in conjunction with the train's Event Recorder and Diagnostics Systems (ERDS) to monitor vehicle health data and maintain the fleet.
MNR successfully conducted field trials with the Parvus equipment during the Fall of 2005. The DuraMAR solution is a hardened version of the Cisco Systems' 3200 Series Wireless and Mobile Router, which has been ruggedized and enhanced by Parvus to withstand the harsh vehicle environments onboard trains and other demanding mobile applications.
"Metro-North Railroad is truly looking toward the future by connecting legacy vehicle systems to their enterprise data network," said Parvus Director of Business Development Andrew Hunt. "Working together with MNR and Cisco Systems, we solved an immediate problem of replacing an obsolete radio system, but at the same time, we also inserted a layer of networking technology which will support future applications for years to come."
The DuraMAR router leverages Cisco's industry standard IOS® software and support for the Mobile IP (IETF RFC 2002) Internet standard to enable transportation and military systems integrators to explore a wide range of new in-vehicle networking applications, from wireless Internet access to Voice over IP (VoIP) to streaming CCTV video surveillance and smart vehicle diagnostics. Parvus' rugged IP networking solutions deliver secure data, voice and video communications to stationary and mobile network nodes across wired and wireless networks.