PowerTrunk selected by US power utility company for TETRA network upgrade
Cobb EMC, an electric utility company based in Marietta, Georgia, has reached an agreement with PowerTrunk, Inc. (part of the Sepura Group) to upgrade and expand its digital TETRA two-way radio communications network.
The project will consist of the integration of the PowerTrunk-T TETRA network infrastructure, upgrading the existing TETRA network and joining the TETRA network owned by Diverse Power. Several additional site base stations will be added to the TETRA network to provide increased radio coverage over a wider area. Cobb EMC’s end users and vehicles will be equipped with Sepura’s STP9000 TETRA portable radios and SRG3900 mobile gateways.
"Cobb EMC recognized the advantages of TETRA over other land mobile radio technologies available in the market and the benefits of joining the larger shared statewide cooperative network." said Jim Mattox, PowerTrunk’s Vice President of Strategic Development for Utilities Market. "And since TETRA is an open standard, they weren't locked in to a single manufacturer, so the PowerTrunk solution fits in with their current network architecture almost seamlessly. In fact, part of the project includes over-the-air gateways between the existing equipment and the PowerTrunk system to assure that migration is smooth and transparent to the users meanwhile the network is reconfigured as part of the expansion."
The PowerTrunk-T system will add more capacity and functionality to the Cobb EMC network, including the possibility of data applications such as GPS tracking, SCADA applications, and e-mail implementation for TETRA radio users.
Jose Martin, CEO of PowerTrunk added: "We are extremely pleased that Cobb EMC has chosen us to provide them their TETRA network upgrade."