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Iridium to enter Australian rail communications realm

<p>International maritime and transport satellite link provider Iridium is set to become part of the Australian rail communications revolution, with Telstra awarding an eight-year contract to Beam Communications to supply equipment, iridium said yesterday (Monday, June 12).</p> <p>The new rail communication system for Australian Rail Track Corporation will provide a single integrated network, covering more than 10,000 km of track nationwide. </p> <p>It will replace older technologies, such as two-way radios and CDMA devices, with Telstra’s Next G technology with satellite backup, permitting trains and controllers to communicate seamlessly across the entire national rail network.</p> <p>&#8220Telstra will integrate the Iridium circuit-switched data service into its network infrastructure, providing satellite interfaces for real-time data transmission to and from locomotives across the service area, as well as back-up voice channels for emergency communications,&#8221 Iridium, the major competitor of maritime satellite communication company Inmarsat, said. </p> <p>Locomotives will be fitted with Beam satellite voice and data terminals, integrated into the trains’ communication systems. Beam will also supply its SatRADIO system for use in tunnels.</p> <br />