December 1, 2010
Telex Dispatch equipment is ensuring seamless communications along the length of one of the world’s busiest maritime thoroughfares: the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Working with Denis Aubé from Cartel Communications Systems, the Seaway has been able to determine the best configuration possible for their needs. The main goals were to provide a communication system that would answer all of their requirements, provide a user-friendly GUI interface, interoperability and an easy path for future upgrades.
The Seaway’s primary communications center is at St. Lambert, QC – one of the seven main locks that connect the Seaway’s system of canals. The St. Lambert location is equipped with two primary Telex C-Soft positions (interfaced with IP-223 ROIP adapters), one of which is a supervisory position for controlling communications over the length of the Seaway – about 200 KM. Three more C-Soft positions are dedicated to controlling the locks. All of the above are backed up by two identical C-Soft positions at a smaller center at lock two in Sainte-Catherine, QC.
Eight Telex IP-1616 consoles are distributed at the seven locks along the Seaway, allowing the main St. Lambert center to communicate locally with other communications colleagues, maintenance staff, ships, etc. In addition, 12 IP 2002 consoles were specified for specific management locations to access different channels.
All audio traffic is recorded on Telex Network recorders with RDR (Remote Data Reviewer) capability from remote locations. This recorder logs all audio traffic and events from each console and makes that information available to the various RDR locations for viewing.
The Telex system's IP capability provides the ideal combination of flexibility and user-friendliness needed over the length of the Seaway.