BC Hydro Awards First North American TETRA Contract to PowerTrunk (10/25/11)
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 | Comments

The S.M. Group International (SMi) and PowerTrunk were selected by BC Hydro to implement the first fully operational TETRA network in North America. SMi will provide system integration and PowerTrunk will supply the TETRA LMR infrastructure and terminals to improve safety and communications in the Vancouver lower mainland region of British Columbia province.

The BC Hydro network covering Vancouver and surrounding areas will consist of 25 TETRA 409 – 430 MHz site base stations connected via the BC Hydro IP backhaul network, and up to 820 TETRA terminals — 450 mobiles, 350 handhelds and 20 fixed units. Three CeCoCo command-and-control centers will support 14 dispatch consoles that interface to BC Hydro’s legacy VHF system.

BC Hydro operates and maintains a power system infrastructure that serves more than 1.8 million customers, operating 30 hydroelectric facilities and three natural gas-fueled thermal power plants. For the efficient and safe execution of fieldwork during normal and emergency operating conditions, the crews require reliable and convenient mobile voice communications at all substations, dams and generating stations, and along all distribution and transmission lines. Although the main requirement is for voice, the utility will also use the system for data applications such as short data and text messaging.

“We are extremely excited to be the first company to validate the reliability and security of TETRA LMR in North America,” said Bernard Poulin, president and CEO of SMi.

“Utilities, transport and public-safety organizations around the world have chosen PowerTrunk/Teltronic TETRA LMR because of our advanced technology and our willingness to deliver customized systems that meet each client’s unique requirements,” said Jose Martin, PowerTrunk executive vice president and chief operating officer. “Together with our Canadian partner SMi, we will work closely with BC Hydro to deploy a network that is tailored to the company’s current and future needs while leveraging legacy systems.”

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