Norsat Announces Ramp in Orders for Positive Train Control (PTC) Market
VANCOUVER, June 2, 2015—Norsat International Inc. (“Norsat”) (TSX: NII and NYSE MKT: NSAT), a leading provider of innovative communication solutions that enable the transmission of data, audio and video for remote and challenging applications, today announced the company has recently received orders in excess of $800,000 for its mobile, wayside and base station antennas for exclusive use in positive train control (PTC) applications. This latest order is a positive sign in the railroad sector as it brings total 2015 year to date commitments from customers to purchase approximately $1.3 million worth of Norsat’s ruggedized communication antennas, including base station, locomotive and waystation antennas, in the continuation of the rollout of the government-mandated PTC initiative. As previously disclosed, these new orders follow a lull in 2014 orders as the rail carriers and U.S. government worked through a series of regulatory and financial hurdles further implementing the PTC program.
PTC is a system of functional requirements for monitoring and controlling train movements as an attempt to provide increased safety, including highly advanced technologies designed to automatically stop or slow a train before certain types of accidents occur. Specifically, PTC, as mandated by Congress in the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA), must be designed to prevent train-to-train collisions; derailments caused by excessive speed; unauthorized incursions by trains onto sections of track where maintenance activities are taking place; and movement of a train through a track switch left in the wrong position.
Dr. Amiee Chan, chief executive officer of Norsat, commented, “Norsat has taken a leadership position within the PTC market by way of the highly ruggedized and technical features of our antenna and accompanying station applications. Due to the various regulatory and financial hurdles to implement the PTC program, we had seen an absence of any significant orders throughout much of 2014. However, with the ramp up of orders placed by key suppliers to the program recently and our expected order flow for our antenna as well as base and waystation technology, we are expecting PTC revenues of approximately $2 to $3 million in 2015 and likely each year beyond driven by the continued implementation of the class I railroads, and the expanded deployment of PTC with urban and class II rails over the next decade. We are excited to see 2015 progressing with good order flow from a market in which we expect to be a leader for years to come.”
About Norsat International Inc.
Founded in 1977, Norsat International Inc. is a leading provider of innovative communication solutions that enable the transmission of data, audio and video for remote and challenging applications. Norsat’s products and services include leading-edge product design and development, production, distribution and infield support and service of fly-away satellite terminals, microwave components, antennas, Radio Frequency (RF) conditioning products, maritime based satellite terminals and remote network connectivity solutions. More information is available at www.norsat.com, via email at [email protected] or by phone at 1-604-821-2800.