Friday, October 29, 2010

Wellard awarded Queensland Rail tender

Wellard Technologies has been awarded the tender to install and test wireless technology for a Wi-Fi trial of Queensland Rail’s Brisbane passenger train network.

Under the terms of the contract, Wellard will conduct an initial Wi-Fi test on board one carriage of a Queensland Rail City Network train to map the coverage capabilities of the vast network.

Wellard was one of three companies, in addition to Dimension Data and Fujitstu, shortlisted for the project back in June.

At this time, Transport Minister Rachel Nolan said the project's primary focus was to provide wireless coverage to city trains, to allow streaming coverage of onboard CCTV cameras and ultimately additional benefits to passengers including WiFi access.

"The priority for us is to have the network set up, and streaming CCTV implemented,” Nolan says.

Wellard, which has offices in Brisbane and Perth, has previously worked for the Queensland Government to design and deploy control technologies to improve throughput at the Dalrymple Bay Export Coal Terminal.

Communications Technologies Manager Damian Bryant (pictured) says Wellard has been through a rigorous tender process before being awarded the Queensland Rail contract.

“The combination of the leading edge and robust technology Wellard Technologies could offer and the company’s history of performance and delivery were integral in securing the contract,” Bryant says.

He anticipates Wellard’s nomination as the preferred vendor for the Queensland Rail contract will generate additional business development opportunities for the business.

Wellard will deploy technology from Nomad Digital to run the trial.

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