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Interoperable Train Control Network

As a highly reliable and interoperable wireless communications platform, Meteorcomm's Interoperable Train Control network (ITCnet) is used by all Class I railroads, commuter, and short-line railroads to support Positive Train Control (PTC).

The ITCnet platform includes a core communications system consisting of a 220 MHz radio network (ITCR), a messaging system for the Back Office and remote devices (ITCM), and a Systems Management framework (ITCSM). ITCnet software runs on Meteorcomm’s radios that are installed in locomotives, waysides, and base stations.

ITCnet relays mission-critical data between mobile and fixed assets using multiple communication transports (220 MHz radio, IP, cell, satellite, and Wi-Fi) ensuring a high level of reliability.

Interoperable Train Control System Products

ITCM

Messaging

ITCM is a messaging solution that allows applications to exchange messages regardless of their physical location or type of connectivity.

ITCR

Radio

ITCR is a highly efficient, low bandwidth radio network that is customized to support interoperable communications between railroads.

ITCSM

Systems Management

ITCSM is a gateway, protocol, and reference agent that provides an interoperable method for monitoring and management of assets.

Interoperable Train Control Tools

Tools section Hosted
ARM Interface

Advanced Radio Map (ARM)

Optimize PTC radio operations performance with continous critical event data analysis. ARM identifies and displays radio frequency (RF) interference event data helping users respond proactively.

Features

  • Data visualization dashboard.
  • Continous event monitoring
  • and analysis.
  • Notification delivery subscription.

Benefits

  • Avoid RF troubleshooting cost.
  • Reduce system downtime.
  • Quickly identifies performance improvement and interoperability actions.
Discovery Network Interface

  Discovery Network

Obtain real-time RF environment data.
Discovery Network captures live ITC data of PTC radios and provides radio health status through various delivery methods.

Features

  • Data visualization dashboard.
  • Multiple data delivery methods.
  • On-field data detection system.

Benefits

  • Manage PTC radio asset performance.
  • Easily understand radio and DSB utilization trends.
  • Reduce risk of PTC radio performance failure.
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ITCnet Planning Module

ITCnet Planning Module (IPM)

Reliable message delivery is vital to PTC operations. IPM is software that runs with Planet RF planning tool to design and plan message delivery reliability. It produces radio time slot plans for coordinating ITCnet communications across the railroad industry in the US.
IPM combines railroad track data, wayside message data, and RF propagation estimates ensuring message delivery at required track locations.

Features

  • Plugin to RF design software.
  • Checks track and message data for correctness.
  • Visualizes slot plan coverage.

Benefits

  • Coordinated RF and slot plan design.
  • Allows planners to fix data errors.
  • Helps identify problems before deployment.
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Test Executive Interface

Test Executive

Optimize performance of ITCnet components in a lab environment. Test Executive is a suite of tools that generate artificial message traffic simulating real-world scenarios. The tools monitor important statistical parameters, including latency, dropped messages, and message path selection. Data is stored and displayed graphically on Test Executive’s user interface.

Features

  • Test configuration updates and templates.
  • Network performance testing.
  • Federation Testing.

Benefits

  • Test impact before deployment to production network.
  • Allows performance improvements testing.
  • Test Interoperable communications with other railroads.
ATS Interface

Automatic Test System (ATS)

Perform rapid and repeatable tuning, calibrating, and testing of ITCR radios.
ATS helps minimize downtime and maximize the efficiency of central repair facilities.
The software provides a library of drivers and test algorithms that work seamlessly with test equipment and radios. Individual radio tests can be skipped or run multiple times to support debugging of radios and printed circuitboards.

Features

  • PTC 220 radio calibration.
  • Automated radio testing.
  • Provides means to perform periodic radio checks.

Benefits

  • Only approved method for  Meteorcomm PTC 220 radio calibration.
  • Performs PTC 220 radio testing for FCC operating compliance.
  • Radios can be periodically checked for accuracy.

PTC 220 Radios

Locomotive

PTC 220 Locomotive Radio

Model # 63020

Station

PTC 220 Wayside Radio

Model #63010

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