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Partnership aims to accelerate rail innovation

Global development and marketing of mobile wireless mesh networks will support the digitalisation of rail systems

The two companies want to usher in a new wave of innovation in the railways
The two companies want to usher in a new wave of innovation in the railways

Mobile wireless mesh network company, Rajant, is aiming to accelerate innovation and connectivity in the global rail industry via a strategic partnership with Wabtec Corporation.


Wabac is a leading supplier of value-added, technology-based products and services for freight rail, passenger transit and other industrial markets and will jointly develop and market Rajant’s Kinetic Mesh wireless networking products to rail operators worldwide. As part of the partnership, Wabtec has made a minority equity investment in Rajant.


Rajant’s technology delivers reliable and adaptable connectivity in challenging mobile environments and the company hopes it can help to usher in the next wave of innovation for passenger and freight systems.


“Rajant understands the underlying communications challenges rail systems are confronted with,” said Robert J Schena, CEO and co-Founder of Rajant.


Passenger and freight systems are integrating applications such as autonomous vehicles and advanced sensors that place great demands on a network’s infrastructure. With the continued digitalisation of modern rail and freight systems, the industry requires not only the highest level of reliability and security, but also the ability to extend connectivity to improve overall operations and customer experience.


“Our investment in Rajant is aimed at growing Rajant’s communications technology in the rail market, leveraging both companies’ resources, technologies and industry expertise to develop best-in-class, secure connectivity solutions for current and new customers,” said Raymond T Betler, Wabtec’s president and chief executive.


“Wabtec is focused on the development and commercialisation of innovative and emerging technologies that can rely on Rajant’s leading connectivity solutions for real-time data.”


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