Finnish locomotives to be equipped with Teltronic’s TETRA radio

on board TETRA radioStadler selected Teltronic to provide on board TETRA radio equipment for 60 new locomotives which will be delivered to Finnish Railways.

Under the contract, Teltronic will supply a total of 60 units of the RTP-300, an EN50155 / EN45545 compliant and compact on-board radio equipment, which offers voice and data services as well as a set of functionalities that enable its integration with other railway subsystems.

In addition, another 60 units of the RCC-3000, an advanced touch screen control console, as well as the necessary audio accessories for drivers to develop their voice communications, will be supplied.

RTP-300 equipment is Teltronic’s core communications solution comprising a wide range of on-board equipment (EN50155) adaptable to specific requirements set by the different types of operation. The RTP-series onboard equipment has multiple configuration options concerning the functionality, which involves the on board TETRA radio – voice and data communications, interconnection with PA and intercom systems and location via GPS, as well as serial communication interface and digital I/Os.

“This project means the consolidation of our presence in Finland, a pioneer country in the implementation of TETRA in railway environments and in which Teltronic already has different successful experiences; with this new reference we are strengthening our links with Stadler, a company to which we are grateful for their confidence and with which we hope to continue collaborating in the future,” Felipe Sanjuán, Director of Transport Business Development at Teltronic, said.

The equipment has already proven its efficiency in previous projects where VR Group opted for the change from GSM-R technology to TETRA, and where Teltronic was also selected to provide its on-board equipment.

In 2019, VR Group and Stadler Valencia signed a EUR 200 million contract for the delivery of 60 diesel-electric locomotives with an option for up to 100 additional locomotives. The first 5 locomotives are expected to start services in 2022.

The diesel locomotives are still needed, as the majority of the shunting yard tracks, as well as about 45% of the Finnish railway network are non-electrified. The demand for diesel locomotives will drop from the current nearly 200 due to electrification of lines and the auxiliary diesel capability of company’s Sr3 locomotive fleet.

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