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The GBS Group Selected to Deliver Passenger Wi-Fi for UTAH Transit Authority on FrontRunner Trains
Virginia Beach, VA – October 7, 2016 – The GBS Group, a systems integration and technical services firm has been given approval to complete delivery of their cellular and trackside RF passenger Wi-Fi system in place at the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) since early summer. UTA awarded a contract to GBS in late 2015 to design, install, and test a solution for their highly successful FrontRunner train which services passengers along a 90 mile corridor, centered in Salt Lake City and running as far as Ogden and Provo. After months of factory acceptance testing, GBS has been approved to complete the delivery to all FrontRunner consists by the end of the year.
“We selected The GBS Group based upon their demonstrated success as a systems integrator delivering custom, commercial rail solutions in the US, Canada, and overseas. GBS delivered a functioning test solution in May. Testing since then has shown great results along the entire corridor using cellular communications, augmented by 17 miles of trackside towers providing high bandwidth RF internet connectivity,” said UTA Manager of Technology Deployment Kyle Brimley. “We are thrilled that UTA chose The GBS Group to design and deliver such a complex project for their highly successful FrontRunner Service. UTA is an award-winning agency staffed by experts who have professionally engaged us to deliver a state-of-the-art Wi-Fi solution for their passengers and establish a digital train communication backbone capable of much more for UTA in the future” said Bob Golden, CEO of The GBS Group. “We are very proud of our amazing GBS employees and the world-class support companies that help us deliver time and time again”.
The GBS Team chose key partners to design and deliver this unique and complex Wi-Fi solution to the Utah Transit Authority. Core to the technology are train-to-ground, high throughput radio systems of RADWIN and an onboard multi-backhaul connectivity solution supplied by 21Net Ltd. Additionally, Isotrope, LLC, of Boston MA provides expertise in on-board and trackside radio frequency (RF) coverage analysis, antenna optimization, and wireless network consulting to the GBS Team to maximize network capacity available to passengers. Tabet, Inc. of Norfolk, VA manufactures precision, customized fabrication mounts, fittings and seals essential to the installation integrity of the project. The complete solution seamlessly integrates either cellular or trackside RF to give passengers the maximum possible internet speeds without interruption, at no cost to the passengers currently. The solution utilizes cloud-based application servers, hosted either outside or inside agency IT systems as desired. Remote Operations Support Systems (OSS) teams in Virginia Beach and Philadelphia monitor the performance of the system 24/7, 365, and work with local field engineers or technicians to upgrade or repair tower and train based systems.
About The GBS Group (GBS)
The GBS Group, founded in 2006, employs over 100 engineers, software developers, project analysts, controls and automation engineers solving problems for clients across the United States and Canada. GBS provides application and reliability engineering and custom hardware/software solutions for rolling stock health monitoring, passenger Wi-Fi, train station display and announcing systems for passenger rail agencies including Amtrak, VIA Rail Canada, Maryland Transit Administration, New Jersey Transit, Toronto Transit Commission, Utah Transit Authority and most recently Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit. GBS provides control and automation solutions for commercial and US Navy vessels, power monitoring and control software programming for Verizon Power in New York City, and dedicated engineers and analysts who support US Navy, Military Sealift Command and other engineering agencies servicing ships and vessels worldwide. GBS has multiple service contracts and personnel in Virginia, Washington DC, Illinois, California, Pennsylvania, New York, and Montreal.
For more information about The GBS Group go to www.TheGBSGroup.us.
Established in 1970, UTA has become a multi-modal transportation leader that is 100 percent accessible with a fleet of more than 600 buses and paratransit vehicles, 406 vanpools, 146 light rail vehicles, 63 commuter rail cars and 18 locomotives. UTA operates in seven counties along the Wasatch Front, including 45 miles of light rail in Salt Lake County and 90 miles of commuter rail from Salt Lake City to destinations in Utah and Weber counties. In 2015, UTA ridership was more than 46.6 million boardings. Visit UTA’s social media hub at www.rideuta.com.
The GBS Group Wins U.S. Navy Prime Contract Award for Machinery Controls, Automation, Software Engineering
May 18, 2016 – Philadelphia, PA – The GBS Group’s Philadelphia Engineering team has been awarded a $32M Seaport-e prime technical services contract, adding to their ship and vessel control system, automation, cyber security and system reliability business. GBS will be providing engineering and technical services support for Machinery Control, Damage Control and Condition Based Maintenance Systems to the Naval Surface Warfare Center Philadelphia Division (NSWCPD) for all US Navy, Coast Guard, Army, Military Sealift Command and Foreign Military ships that are supported by the US Navy. CEO Bob Golden stated “Congratulations to the team, and thank you GBS customers for your continued trust in our great people, products, and engineering services”.
Smart Rail Congress & Expo 2015
September 11, 2015 – Charlotte Convention Center – The GBS Group will be exhibiting at the Smart Rail Congress & Expo. The 2015 SmartRail USA Congress is scheduled for October 28-29, 2015, at the Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, NC. The GBS Group is in booth D4, we hope to see you there.
The GBS Group will be showing off their robust Customer Information System software including Locomotive and Coach Car Health Monitoring, Real-time Asset Location Tracking, On-time Performance Analysis, Engineer Performance and Analysis, and Automated Passenger Information Updates as well as demonstrating their advanced Wi-Fi Services and Capabilities.
Building on a 4 year track record, SmartRail USA is the definitive transit technology show. It showcases the technology that both drives ridership and develops the integrated transit networks of the future focussing on IT, Telecoms, Operations, Fare Collection, Passenger Engagement and more.
- Featuring 35+ transit agency & rail executive speakers
- Technical Seminars: Full programme of on floor seminars and case studies.
- Exclusive Expo: 40+ innovative industry suppliers & solutions providers.
- Networking: 15+ hours of networking opportunities across two packed days.
- More agency attendees than any other event! And free to attend for them!
For more information visit globaltransportforum.com/smart-rail-usa/
American Society of Naval Engineers — Intelligent Ships Symposium 2015
May 11, 2015 — The GBS Group will be exhibiting at The Intelligent Ships Symposium. The 2015 ISS is scheduled for May 20-21, 2015, at the University of Pennsylvania´s Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. The GBS Group is in booth 14, we hope to see you there.
The Intelligent Ships Symposium is a biennial naval engineering conference that offers technical presentations, expert panels, and networking opportunities to our community of professionals. The emphasis of this year´s symposium will be on recent advances in Intelligent Systems and the challenges that lie ahead for the next generation of Intelligent ships.
For more information on the 2015 ISS visit navalengineers.org.
The GBS Group Announces New Office Opening in Philadelphia Navy Yard
Virginia Beach, VA — May 6th, 2015 — The GBS Group an Engineering and Technical consulting services firm, today announced the opening of its relocated office in The Navy Yard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The GBS Group has provided engineering, software, life-cycle project management support and related services to US Navy, US Army and other customers from within the Navy Yard for over 8 years. “The new, larger office will enhance our ability to serve our Navy engineering customers and allow for expanded support of Amtrak, Verizon and other clients in the region” said CEO, Bob Golden.
The new office provides better space for customer meetings and facilitates a more collaborative and constructive work environment. “The entire team is excited about the new facilities and capabilities that we are now able to provide our customers. Our Engineers, Programmers, IT Analysts, and Designers now have multiple conference rooms and a shop space for system pre-programming, testing, and kitting prior to install, to ensure that we can continue to improve the high level of service our customers have come to expect” said Andrew Katz, GBS Philadelphia Division Manager.
The company´s new Philadelphia office address is Three Crescent Dr, Suite 115, The Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA 19112. The office telephone number remains (215) 463-3110.
Join us on June 3rd, 2015 for our Open House and meet The GBS Group team!
About The GBS Group
The GBS Group is an employee owned systems engineering, technology integration and reliability engineering services company. The GBS Group operates in the Army, Navy, Rail, Transportation, Maritime and Telecommunication industries. The company is headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA, with offices in Washington DC, Philadelphia, PA and Montreal, Quebec.
Virginia Beach – April 8, 2015 – The GBS Group announced today that Mr. Seth Heinrich has been named Vice President of Maritime Services. Seth joined the team in March at The GBS Group’s headquarters in Virginia Beach, VA. Seth is now responsible for marine engineering, business development, customer relations for all shipboard engineering, troubleshooting, controls and automation designs, installation and customer relations. Seth reports directly to Steven Tibbetts, Chief Operating Officer.
“Seth brings an extremely high level of experience and expertise from Maersk and Newport News Shipbuilding to our marine engineering and to our maritime division” said Bob Golden, CEO. “He is a natural leader and an extremely engaging maritime industry professional” Golden added.
Seth began his career with Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS) now known as Huntington Ingalls Industries spending time in Contracts, Sourcing and Engineering. Seth worked 6 years with NNS and then accepted another position with Maersk Line Limited (MLL) which is owned by AP Moller Maersk. At MLL Seth was a General Manager in the Government Ship Management group responsible for Contracting, Procurement and Logistics for all Operation and Maintenance Contracts MLL had with Military Sealift Command (MSC).
Seth holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the College of Engineering at Michigan State University in Applied Engineering Sciences.
2014 International Workboat Show
The International WorkBoat Show, New Orleans November 6, 2014 – The GBS group will be exhibiting at The International WorkBoat Show & Annual Conference. The 2014 International WorkBoat Show is scheduled for December 3-5, 2014, at Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA. We hope you visit our booth.
Over 1,000 marine product and service suppliers exhibited at last year’s show, and 85% have already said they’ll be back. When face-to-face negotiation is critical this is the best place to get the job done; meet and troubleshoot with product experts, negotiate directly with multiple suppliers, discuss the latest advancements in vessel technology, and find the solutions that are right for your business.
2014 Smart Rail Congress & Expo
Smart Rail Congress & Expo September 12, 2014 – The GBS Group will be exhibiting at the Smart Rail Congress & Expo. The 2014 SmartRail USA Congress is scheduled for October 29-30, 2014, at the Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, NC. We hope you will visit us at our booth.
Building on a 3 year track record, SmartRail USA is the definitive transit technology show. It showcases the technology that both drives ridership and develops the integrated transit networks of the future focussing on IT, Telecoms, Operations, Fare Collection, Passenger Engagement and more.
- Strategic Congress: Featuring 35+ transit agency & rail executive speakers
- Technical Seminars: Full programme of on floor seminars and case studies
- Exclusive Expo: 40+ innovative industry suppliers & solutions providers
- Networking: 15+ hours of networking opportunities across two packed days
- More agency attendees than any other event! And free to attend for them!
GBS Connected & Ore Builders Partner to Present the Technology House at Homearama 2014
August 12, 2014 – GBS Connected, experts in home lifestyle automation services, proudly announced today a partnership with Virginia Beach based Ore Builders on The Technology Home at 2014 Homearama presented by Tidewater Builder Association (TBA).
“The GBS Group is extremely honored to be partnered with Les and Amy Ore on this high technology home that will display the capabilities of both of our companies,” said company CEO, Bob Golden. “Ore Builders combines today’s technology with classic traditional homes, so they completely understand the value in demonstrating a fully integrated and Connected system that includes Audio/Video, Lighting, Window Coverings, and most importantly security.”
Homearama, Tidewater Builders Association’s annual showcase of custom built homes, comes to The Waterfront at Parkside neighborhood in Suffolk this fall. The Technology Home is designed to showcase the latest home automation solutions, but GBS Connected is putting their trademark touch on the project by focusing on the customer experience and lifestyle of the end user.
“As the former retail owner of Home Theaters by DAS, finding the right partner that understood our vision and passion for integrating technology within a classic home was important,” said President and Builder, Les Ore. “Amy and I were drawn to the GBS Connected story and Bob Golden’s vision and focus on the customer experience. His appreciation for simplification and lifestyle is exactly what we were looking for in a partner.”
About GBS Connected
GBS Connected is a division of The GBS Group, an employee-owned systems engineering, technology integration, and reliability engineering services company. GBS Connected provides custom solutions that streamline, secure, modernize, and simplify the lifestyles of our customers. Solutions include home automation, whole home audio systems, audio/video solutions, including surround sound, tablet-controlled homes and yachts, streaming media, mobile internet, and much more. The company is headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA, with offices in Washington, DC, and Philadelphia, PA.
About Ore Builders
Formed in 2009 by Les Ore, Ore Builders LLC combines today’s technology with classic traditional homes. This year marks the seventh Homearama for Ore Builders. As a longtime member of TBA, Les has worked with its affiliated builders in new and pre-existing construction for years. Ore is changing the face of new construction by building homes that offer new levels of design, innovative materials, high quality standards, and features at an affordable price. While others may charge extra for upgrades on models, Ore Builders’s motto is, “What you see is what you get.” Ore Builders is locally owned and operated in Chesapeake, VA and have built homes in Smithfield, Yorktown, Suffolk, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Chesapeake.
APTA 2014 Rail Conference
June 9, 2014 – The GBS Group will be attending the APTA 2014 Rail Conference. The 2014 Rail Conference is scheduled for June 15-18, 2014, at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth and Palais des congrès de Montréal in Montréal, QC, Canada. We hope you will visit us at our booth.
APTA is the leading force in advancing public transportation.
APTA members are public organizations that are engaged in the areas of bus, paratransit, light rail, commuter rail, subways, waterborne passenger services, and high-speed rail. Members also include large and small companies who plan, design, construct, finance, supply, and operate bus and rail services worldwide. Government agencies, metropolitan planning organizations, state departments of transportation, academic institutions, and trade publications are also part of our membership.
To strengthen and improve public transportation, APTA serves and leads its diverse membership through advocacy, innovation and information sharing. APTA and its members and staff work to ensure that public transportation is available and accessible for all Americans in communities across the country.
MFPT 2014 Conference
May 9, 2014 – The GBS Group will be attending MFPT 2014 Conference, Technology Solutions for Affordable Sustainment. This event will be held at the Sheraton Oceanfront Hotel, Virginia Beach on May 20-22, 2014, VA. We hope you will visit us at our booth.
The MFPT Society is an interdisciplinary technical organization strongly oriented toward practical applications. The membership includes professional scientists, engineers, failure analysts, maintenance specialists and others who represent a wide variety of disciplines from government agencies, universities, research institutes and industry. The MFPT Society policy is to cooperate whenever possible with appropriate technical committees from government, professional organizations, technical societies, industrial associations and consortia – both nationally and internationally.
Electronic Machines Technology Symposium
March 7, 2014 – The GBS Group will be attending EMTS: Electronic Machines Technology Symposium. This event will be held at Villanova University in Philadelphia, PA from May 28-29, 2014. We hope you will visit us at our booth.
The Electric Machines Technology Symposium (EMTS) is a biennial conference hosted by the Delaware Valley section of the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE). It provides the naval engineering community with technical presentations, expert panels and networking opportunities to keep abreast of the Navy’s progress and remaining challenges in developing and providing smaller simpler more affordable and more capable power systems for future Navy ships.
ASNE Day 2014
February 4, 2014 – The GBS Group will be attending ASNE Day 2014: Engineering America’s Maritime Dominance. This event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA from Feb. 20-21, 2014. We hope you will visit us at Booth #214.
Come learn about our controls, automation and electric boat conversion capabilities. GBS also specializes in on-board train communications, including Wi-Fi, and passenger information, as well as our innovative training videos, computer-based simulations, and online training. GBS representatives will be available throughout the show to discuss the full range of our maritime/defense technologies and engineering services.
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