Monday, August 21, 2017

SIGNET transportation expansion takes flight with Sparrow

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Greg Sparrow, Vice President, Transportation Solutions, SIGNET Electronic Systems, Inc. Greg Sparrow, Vice President, Transportation Solutions, SIGNET Electronic Systems, Inc.

SIGNET Electronic Systems, Inc., Norwell, Mass., a privately held systems integrator, has promoted Greg Sparrow to Vice President of Transportation Solutions. The move comes two years after he led the company’s entry into the transportation market and established its Transportation Solutions department.

Sparrow, an electrical engineer and 25-year veteran in the systems integration field, first joined SIGNET in 2007 as Director of Systems Integration. In 2012, he was promoted to Director of Project Management.

SIGNET’s fledgling Transportation Solutions department in 2016 was awarded the largest contract to date in company history, a subcontract from Ansaldo STS USA, Inc. for communications systems integration for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail PTC (Positive Train Control) program. SIGNET’s responsibilities include the design, engineering and implementation of a 400-route-mile optical ground-based network (GBN) that provides fault-tolerant (“99.999% availability”) communications connectivity between core offices and wayside signaling equipment at more than 225 nodes.

The optical network utilizes a 10-gigabit Carrier Ethernet backbone, featuring IEEE standard 1588v2 Precision Time Protocol (PTP) synchronization, in support of 220 MHz wayside radio base stations, wayside interface units (WIUs), power systems, RF monitors, wayside communications cabinets, tilting masts with antennas, and a fully integrated Network Management System (NMS).

Since being awarded the MBTA contract, SIGNET’s transportation department has expanded to include a project engineer, field engineer, project manager, production technician, and administrative support staff. Paul Austin, who had joined SIGNET in 2013 with more than 30 years of transportation sector experience, leads sales and engineering; Sparrow had brought him on board early in the initiative to get Transportation Solutions up and running.

SIGNET said it is in final negotiations on a second major transportation project estimated to begin in October 2017, whereby the company will implement Public Address (PA) and a Visual Information Display System (VIDS) for another commuter rail agency. Other opportunities in the works include design, procurement, assembly and integration of an optical network for a city subway system; and ongoing provision of video surveillance, network expansion and Passenger Information Systems (PIS) for yet another provider of passenger transportation services.

“We believe there is tremendous growth opportunity for us in this particular space,” said Sparrow. “My focus will be on ensuring that the [transportation] industry remains a key component of SIGNET’s long term growth strategy.”

“For more than 40 years, SIGNET has gravitated to clients with complicated and challenging issues that need solving,” said Bradford S. Caron, President. “The solutions required in the transportation space are very complex and have a direct impact on public safety. Transportation is a natural growth area for us.”







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