Norphonic emergency roadside telephones (ERT) have been selected for 3 separate projects in Norway, including the Hardanger Bridge (Hardangerbrua), one of the world’s longest suspension bridges, crossing the picturesque Hardangerfjord in southwestern Norway.
Norphonic tunnel telephones have also been selected for two additional road construction projects including the T Connection (T-forbindelsen) and the Jondal Tunnel (Jondalstunnelen), both located on Norway’s west coast.
The purpose of the Norphonic VoIP highway telephone installations are to provide essential emergency services and quick roadside assistance in case of car break-downs.
The Hardanger Suspension Bridge (Hardangerbrua)
Norphonic emergency roadside telephones (ERT) will be installed on the Hardanger Bridge and associated tunnels. This bridge will be among of the longest suspension bridges in the world, even longer than the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, with a total suspension-span of 1310 meters. It will significantly improve the connection between Norway’s two largest cities (Oslo and Bergen). The Hardanger Bridge will cost over 200 million Euro’s to build and will be used by over 1850 vehicles a day when it opens in 2013.
Norphonic emergency roadside telephones (ERT) will be installed the T-Connection (T-forbindelsen) tunnels on Norway’s west coast. This major road project includes 9 kilometers of subsea tunnels, connecting two islands to the mainland close to Haugesund. The project includes connectiong Karmøytunnellen, a road tunnel going under two fjords (Karmsundet and Førresfjorden), to the E39 road in a roundabout deep inside the Fosen mountain. The two-lane roundabout will be located 130 meters below surface level and approx. 60 meters beneath sea level. The total cost for the road construction project is about 190 million Euro and the new road is scheduled to open in 2013.
Jondal Tunnel (Jondalentunnellen)
Norphonic emergency roadside telephones (ERT)have been installed in the 10 kilometer long Jondal Tunnel, located on the west coast of Norway. The tunnel will significantly improve the E134 road between Oslo and Bergen. The Jondal Tunnel will cost around 106 million Euro to build and is scheduled to open in 2013.
A Winning Emergency Roadside Telephone (ERT)
Norphonic won all three separate tenders due to its advanced remote VoIP management capabilities and the proven ability to perform in severe weather conditions. The intuitive Scandinavian product design was also an important factor in the selection process.
The Norphonic emergency roadside telephones (ERT) will be installed by Norphonic’s reseller in Norway, Trafsys AS.
“Providing critical emergency communication in these roadside facilities is a task that requires the most reliable technology possible” said Knut Olav Bjelland, Head of the Project Department at Trafsys: ” By selecting state-of-the-art Norphonic VoIP technology, we can eliminate costly, unscheduled shut-downs while ensuring that the service maintenance costs remain low.”
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