OnTrack, the manager of the country’s railway tracks, is exploring options for unifying its voice and data infrastructure nationwide. The company has issued a request for expressions of interest from potential integrators.
“OnTrack’s goal is to have a cost effective, co-ordinated approach to telecommunications … encompassing voice and data using fixed and wireless communication,” the document says.
“OnTrack will work to develop a communications system that works as a coherent and cost-efficient whole, rather than a group of separate entities.”
The company currently has a PABX network with almost 500 voice and 100 fax extensions at 30 sites, as well as a wide-area data network. It is prepared to use the WAN as part of any integrated set-up, though wireless links could also be involved.
OnTrack plans to issue a request for proposal to shortlisted vendors and to select a preferred vendor by late November.
An initial implementation in one centre is planned for early next year, with a progressive rollout to other sites over the following six months.