Red Hat and Meteorcomm Collaborate to Support Deployment of Interoperable Positive Train Control Communication System, Improve

  Red Hat and Meteorcomm Collaborate to Support Deployment of Interoperable
  Positive Train Control Communication System, Improve Railroad Safety

  Interoperable Train Control Messaging System developed with Red Hat JBoss
                            messaging technologies

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RALEIGH, N.C. & RENTON, Wash. -- September 19, 2013

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source
solutions, and Meteorcomm, North America’s leader in development of PTC
communications systems which provide reliable, effective data communications
infrastructure solutions to the railroad industry, today announced that the
companies have collaborated to deploy Meteorcomm’s Interoperable Positive
Train Control (PTC) communications solution with Red Hat JBoss messaging
technologies and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The resulting deployment
initiatives support ongoing railroad efforts to implement the technologies in
day-to-day operations. PTC communication solutions are diverse and complex.
Railroads are faced with big challenges brought on by the new technology while
structuring their deployment activities to accommodate existing system
architectures and operational processes.

In support of the North American PTC program to be implemented across most of
the U.S. rail network to position all PTC-enabled trains to detect and react
to unsafe conditions in real time, Meteorcomm began work on a solution that
would enable interoperability across both system architectures and operating
platforms. Requiring flexible technology solutions to meet a wide range of
requirements – including high availability, interoperability, mobility, and
the ability to support a large network of remote and back office
communications -- railroads have selected Meteorcomm’s data communications
platform and the company’s wide array of professional services. The
professional services required to support the deployment of PTC systems
include Interoperable Train Control Communications (ITCC) design and
deployment activities requiring technical talent and training that Meteorcomm
and Red Hat both commit to fulfilling for the railroad community.

Meteorcomm customers are freight railroads, commuter railroads, and systems
integrators with a railroad specialty practice. The company’s experts in
railroad data communications worked closely with leading-edge technology
suppliers to develop the industry’s first demonstrated Interoperable Positive
Train Control data communications platform.

“The railroads did a tremendous amount of work developing their own messaging
protocol,” explained James Kirkland, principal enterprise architect, Red Hat.
“Faced with the aggressive timeline and the new technologies required for the
protocol, they began considering alternatives. Red Hat worked with Meteorcomm
to leverage an open, standard, wire-level messaging protocol that became the
messaging component of the PTC communications system.”

Red Hat JBoss messaging technologies are built on an open, wire-level
messaging protocol designed for maximum interoperability and complex networked
systems with mobile endpoints. They enable servers to communicate and send
messages to each other via the protocol, mapping easily into application-level
APIs. Red Hat’s technical expertise and implementation of an open, wire-level
messaging protocol are proven assets during the design and configuration of a
back office.

“This project is highly complex. It introduces a reliability concept of 5 9s
into the rail industry’s wireless communication infrastructure,” says Robert
Turnbull, CEO, Meteorcomm. “This means that the system downtime cannot exceed
5.26 minutes per year. It’s the combination of highly reliable hardware and
software components, processes and people working together in near-perfect
unison that will bring about this level of reliability. Our mission is to
support the new PTC communications ecosystem and to assist the railroads with
adopting this new technology.”

“In a highly-distributed mobile environment like this, interoperable
communications are what transform a collection of servers, relays and devices
into an intelligent system,” said Craig Muzilla, vice president, Middleware,
Red Hat. “As a Red Hat Embedded partner, Meteorcomm was able to seamlessly
implement their ITC Messaging System while offering superior support services
to their customers, serving as a true indication of where the market is
headed.”

“The railroads are pushing hard to implement these complex technologies, and
we’re working to get them there,” said Turnbull. “They’re implementing a new
technological communications system across tens of thousands of field
locations and locomotive equipment. Once deployments are complete, they’ll
have the interoperable communications infrastructure they need to meet the
safety requirements, and a system that they can operate with confidence.”

Additional Resources

  *Learn more about Meteorcomm
  *Learn more about Red Hat
  *Learn more about Red Hat JBoss messaging technologies
  *Learn more about Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  *Read more about how Red Hat Embedded is enabling organizations to build
    intelligent systems across multiple industries

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About Meteorcomm LLC

Meteorcomm LLC is a data communications company providing technical expertise
in reliable, effective data communications infrastructure solutions to the
railroad industry. The company’s robust data networks are integrated into the
railroads’ IT infrastructure to help them achieve compliance with government
mandates for PTC (Positive Train Control) safety systems. Meteorcomm
collaborates with customers throughout the project lifecycle, providing
products and services that play a role in achieving customers’ technical and
business objectives in the deployment of complex communication systems.

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or
Meteorcomm, LLC
Pam Morton, +1-253-214-8009
pmorton@meteorcomm.com
 
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