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Red Hat And Meteorcomm Collaborate To Support Deployment Of Interoperable Positive Train Control Communication System, Improve Railroad Safety

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.”

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About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat is the world's leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As the connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT. Learn more at

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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