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Communications planning, design and construction

CWA personnel have deep experience in a myriad of different technologies to meet client communication requirements. Different mediums (radio, fiber optics, copper) can be utilized to perform tasks for critical infrastructure applications.

For radio in rail applications, CWA staff have been at the forefront of Positive Train Control (PTC) systems. These systems provide the “third layer” for safe train movement. Train control is achieved when both the wayside control link and the vehicle have reliable and stable communications when needed throughout an entire railroad’s territory. CWA has been participating with new inroads into on-rail/in-vehicle broadband, bringing new innovative radio (RF) and Ground Based Networks (GBN) technologies to public ridership.

CWA staff have deep experience with Smart Grid applications including Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), Distribution Management or Automation, Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMS), and Demand Response/Load Control. From the smallest electric cooperative to the largest investor-owned utilities (IOUs), CWA personnel can assist with requirements gathering, specification writing, RFP creation and review, system design and integration.

Fiber optics have been a core competency at CWA for decades. Whether it is a lash-up of all-dielectric self-supporting (ADSS) along a rail line or a backbone connecting electric substations to a network, CWA can provide unique services to fulfill design, procurement and construction of fiber optic systems for client applications.

Other networks designed and built by CWA personnel include Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) systems, CCTV security monitoring, public address systems, telephone switching and control center systems for some of the largest rail facilities in North America.