Thursday 7 August 2014

Ethernet speeds London commuters!

Commuters look set to have their busy morning journey made more comfortable thanks to the promise from London Overground of longer platforms and more carriages. Electroustic, a specialist in industrial connectors and Ethernet products, has won a contract to supply network switches for security purposes, to help with the London Overground capacity improvement project.

Electroustic will be supplying Ethernet switches, routers and transceivers to ensure fluid integration of the existing security and communications systems into the new system. The switches will be used in the controlling and monitoring of surveillance on the new longer platforms.   

The £320 million (€403m) London Overground project will improve the capacity of the London Overground by 25 per cent to match increasing passenger demand by the end of 2014. 

Electroustic is a franchised distributor that specialises in factory automation and industrial connectors for a wide variety of sectors, including oil and gas refinery, power generation, industrial manufacturing, rail, mining and many others. 

"We understand the high standards set by IRIS (International Railway Industry Standard), and welcome its objectives focused on improving the quality of the rail sector," explained Paul Carr, managing director of Electroustic. "As preferred partners of Hirschmann and Lumberg Automation, both a part of the IRIS certified brand, Belden, we can offer proven solutions to the rail industry."

The first longer trains will be introduced on the Highbury and Islington to West Croydon/Clapham Junction line from the end of 2014, followed by the Richmond/Clapham Junction to Stratford line by the end of 2015.

Electroustic recently called for industry cooperation to see super fast Wi-Fi on trains become a standard. According to National Rail, only nine of 25 train operating companies currently provide Wi-Fi for public use on trains. Interested parties, who would like to be involved with Electroustic in the creation of a coalition to promote open Wi-Fi on trains, advise transport providers on implementation and make information publicly available should contact

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