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Norfolk Southern Railway Selects Rugged Routers from Encore Networks to Provide Voice and Data Network Solutions

Railroad Giant Deploys Encore’s Industrially Hardened BANDIT-III™ for VoIP and VoFR Solutions at Remote Rail Yards

Norfolk Southern Railway has selected Encore’s industrially hardened (rugged) router, the BANDIT-III™, for both Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and Voice over Frame Relay (VoFR) network solutions. The BANDIT-III™ provides reliable communications between both the primary and back-up Centralized Operations facilities and rail yards and remote way-stations throughout the eastern United States. The massive network upgrade operates over a Frame Relay/MPLS backbone.

Norfolk Southern Railway operates approximately 21,000 route miles in 22 states and the District of Columbia. Norfolk Southern Railway, a subsidiary of Norfolk Southern Corporation, serves every major container port on the east coast, and provides superior connections to western rail carriers.

Encore’s BANDIT-III™ is an industrially hardened cyber security router with an integrated firewall, terminal server, serial-to-IP conversion, legacy protocol conversion and VPN functionality. Ideally suited for transportation and SCADA applications for electric, gas, oil and water utilities, the BANDIT-III™ ensures secure, high-throughput voice and data networking connections directly to cellular, VSAT or terrestrial networks. The hardened four wire E&M Voice Interface Module (VIM100) utilizes Encore’s value-added compressed voice encapsulation allowing Norfolk Southern to transport E&M voice or VoIP over their packet network efficiently.

“The BANDIT is purpose-built for mission-critical network connectivity in locations that may have few to no environmental controls,” said Scott Burk, Encore Networks Senior Director of Business Development. “Norfolk Southern’s acceptance of our rugged technology validates the strategy of targeting these remote sites such as rail yards and way stations which are located in harsh environments.”

The Automatic Configuration and Software feature in the BANDIT-III™ significantly simplifies the installation process of large network deployments. The plug-and-play installation starts with simply powering up the BANDIT-III™ at the remote site. When a network connection is made, Encore’s customized server software is downloaded and configuration is completed in minutes.

Mr. Burk continued, “Our unique Automatic Configuration feature is specifically designed with large network installations such as Norfolk Southern in mind. Each remote install can be accomplished quickly, streamlining the time and effort usually involved in large deployments which ultimately reduces costs.”

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About Encore Networks
Encore Networks is a leader in secure, IP+Legacy Virtual Private Network (VPN) routers for converged and broadband solutions. Carriers and enterprises, both large and small, rely on Encore's innovative VPN and security solutions for wireless, satellite, and terrestrial networks that support both legacy devices and Internet Protocol (IP) routing standards. Encore’s industrially hardened (rugged) routers are Smart Grid enabled and designed for mission critical applications in harsh environments with wide temperature ranges found in utility substations, industrial plant floors, mobile transportation, construction sites and point-of-sale. Encore’s advanced signaling and voice inter-working solutions support circuit-to-packet migration of voice services, on premises or in the central office. Encore is a member of the Virtual Private Network Consortium (VPNC), the Utilities Telecom Council (UTC), and the ZigBee Alliance.

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Scott Burk
Senior Director, Business Development

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