Brazilian Rail Line Selects Satellite PTT Communications
Thursday, February 20, 2020 | Comments

Globalsat Group signed a multiyear contract with Rumo, the largest transport and logistics company in Latin America. Globalsat Group will provide a solution leveraging satellite connectivity from Inmarsat and Cobham connectivity terminals improve Rumo’s Brazilian rail infrastructure.

The solution will connect Rumo’s cargo trains, increasing the speed with which goods can be transported across the country and improving the safety of trains, vehicles and the people operating them.

Rumo is responsible for managing 14,000 kilometers of railway track in Brazil, with the project initially focusing on 2,000 kilometers of the Northern Railway that connects six key states to the port of Santos. As most of the tracks pass through remote areas with unreliable or nonexistent network coverage, train drivers, railway engineers and transport managers have no way of communicating effectively. As a result, drivers cannot receive live traffic updates and trains cannot progress until they receive updates from the control center. This causes long delays to trains and creates a variety of logistical challenges, as well as increased operational costs.

The first stage of the project will begin in early 2020 and will see Globalsat Group equipping 300 of Rumo’s cargo trains, operating on this section of track, with Cobham Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) terminals, mobile gateways and the PRISM PTT+ (push-to-talk) service, delivering uninterrupted connectivity, even in the most isolated of areas without mobile coverage. This will enable accurate real-time tracking of each train, as well as reliable voice and data communications between drivers, maintenance crews and regional control centers.

The framework’s intent is to see 1,600 locomotives provisioned with highly reliable BGAN connectivity, ensuring an efficient, profitable and safe railway network.

“In Brazil, rail is the most important transportation channel for many industries including agriculture, commodities, forestry and consumer goods,” said Igor Falcao, head of Globalsat do Brasil and senior vice president of sales of Globalsat Group. “So, a more efficient network means a stronger economy. Rumo’s rail network is the only one connecting the central state of Mato Grosso to the largest port in Latin America — Santos. The connectivity improvements being brought by mobile satellite communications will improve Rumo’s operations, making rail a more reliable and effective transport proposition that the Brazilian economy can depend on.”

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