Long Beach container terminal taps RailComm

Written by Douglas John Bowen
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Fairport, N.Y.-based RailComm said Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 that a large Long Beach, Calif.-based container terminal selected the company "to provide remote automation to a new facility installation."

RailComm is responsible for providing control and communication options to switch machines and derails installations on site, the company said.

Control for the new installation is being provided via the Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) system – RailComm’s proprietary yard control application. The DOC system will also be interfaced with an existing Train In Motion System (TIMS), which allows a user to utilize a single application to meet all of their yard control needs.

Communication to the switch machines and derails is being achieved by using a RailComm 2.4 GHz spread spectrum RADiANTTM network. RailComm also installed infrastructure that allows the switches and derails to be controlled through DTMF or local control panel (LCP). Using either the DOC system, DTMF or LCP, the user will be able to efficiently route trains or control single switches and derails.

The adjacent ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles handle the largest ship-to-rail intermodal traffic flows in the U.S.

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