Milestones in the company history



The internationally active technology company Marti Technik AG, headquartered in Moosseedorf, will acquire Telematix AG at the end of December 2020, which will continue to operate as a subsidiary under its previous name. This will provide Telematix AG and its employees and customers with a secure, growth-oriented basis in the future.


Telematix AG moves to a modern, contemporary building at Garstligweg 6 in Hombrechtikon.


Telematix AG and Lukas Hadorn each acquire 50% of the shares in Ticos E & S AG, based in Feuerthalen. As a result, Telematix AG is securing a significantly stronger presence in the road and tunnel business in Switzerland as well as in selective foreign markets (Middle East).


Trans Data Management AG is given a new name: With Telematix AG and the additional slogan “Smart telematic solutions”, we want to appear more meaningful with our portfolio in the market.


TDM AG receives its first order from Africa: Rail operator PRASA in Cape Town has opted for the NIS-R radio dispatching system for its operational telecommunications.


Hadorn Industries increases its shareholding in TDM AG further: In addition to Hadorn Industries AG and yane GmbH, the management has a shareholding in TDM AG.


For the first time ever TDM uses IP-based amplifiers for the platform PA system at the 21 railway stations of Lausanne-Echallens-Bercher railway (LEB).


Change of the principal shareholder – Hadorn Industries AG takes over the majority of shares . Individual foreign investors keep their shareholding. Rudolf Hadorn takes over as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

The companies TDM Ltd, based in the UK, and TDM AG in Switzerland will be independent again with effect from 2016. Both companies will continue to co-operate in sales.


Completion and commissioning of a redundant NIS-R operational telecommunication system with 420 call points and 4 evacuation PA systems for the world’s longest railway tunnel, the Gotthard Base Tunnel.


Commissioning of a highly redundant NIS-R operational telecommunication system for the Eurotunnel, including the connection to the French GSM-R network.


TDM wins the “British-Swiss Business Award” in the category “Small Company of the Year”. This award honours TDM as an SME, which endeavours to strengthen the bilateral trade relations between Great Britain and Switzerland in various criteria. One such criterion is, for example, the innovative corporate strategy and its practical implementation, while another is the company’s commitment in both the British and Swiss markets.


TDM rolls out the SHDSL electronic board to replace the two-wire ISDN call point electronics. This enables customers to continue to use conventional two-wire cables to remote-feed and operate their systems using state-of-the-art IP technology over the same pair of wires.


Ascom decides to dissolve the Security Solutions segment and sell it off in parts. Private investors around the distribution partner in Great Britain, TDM Ltd, establish a separate company in Switzerland to continue to operate the previous Security Solutions segment under the name TDM AG.


Start of the first implementation of a GSM-R connection in Switzerland by extending the existing NIS-R operational telecommunication system of BLS Netz AG.


Ascom signs the contract to supply its DISPRAS customer information system to Israel Railways. The initial commissioning takes place in 2012. The system covers 60 railway stations and is to date continuously being expanded to up to 90 stations.


Ascom wins the contract to equip the Gotthard Base Tunnel with NIS-R.


Commencement of the continuous replacement of NIS 2000 with NIS-R for the Swiss motorway network, starting with the A16 in the Bernese Jura region.


BLS Netz AG is the first Swiss railway customer to use NIS-R for its operational telecommunication.


BLS Netz AG commissions DISPRAS as its customer information system.


IP technology establishes itself in telecommunications more and more. As a result, in 2004 Ascom decides to develop a next generation of its emergency call and information system, NIS-R, based on this new technology.


Ascom starts developing its DISPRAS customer information system, which is subsequently tested over several years in different versions and rolled out across the entire network of the Swiss Federal Railways SBB in 2006. An enhanced version is still in operation across Switzerland today.


The Swiss Federal Railways SBB decides within the scope of a call for tenders to use the NIS 2000 as its operational telecommunication system nationwide for its entire network.


Addition of the wireless DRANOS SOS telephone to the product range.



Market launch of the NIS 2000 as an emergency call system for the Wattwil bypass and also first rollout to the London Underground.


Market launch of MODULA, the new remote station generation. This new technology satisfies many rail operators and motorway authorities, both in Switzerland and abroad. In the subsequent years, the business is extended greatly and various systems are implemented in Great Britain, Germany (for example Hamburg suburban railway), France, Italy and many more.


Ascom decides to develop a digital emergency call system (ISDN technology) for the rail and road segment, which is to include all the benefits of digital technology. The new NIS 2000 system is the first Europe-wide (probably even worldwide) digital emergency call system.


London Underground Ltd. decides to order the new generation of emergency call and information systems from Ascom in Switzerland. In 1990 the first system is installed on the Hammersmith & City Line. This is followed by many more contracts. The circular “help points”, in the vernacular referred to as “Swiss Cheese” are in operation in every underground station to this day.


Market launch of the rail communication systems BSA 100 and BSA 1000, which are installed successfully in various private railway systems in Switzerland, and as the first system abroad at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam.


Merger of all Swiss telecom companies, including the two previous partners Zellweger and Gfeller, to form Ascom. The aim is to expand abroad and open up the market into public transport.


Commencement of the gradual rollout of the second generation of our NTA 84 emergency call system. The new, electronic generation offers significant improvements in the operation and is equipped with the first automated remote monitoring, the so-called FEKON test.


Birth of the NTA 68 carrier frequency system, the first generation of Swiss emergency call systems. Gfeller AG develops a special design for the motorway segment, based on an existing, electro-mechanical subscriber switchboard. Zellweger AG develops a weather-proof, sturdy external call point. The NTA 68 system is used for all motorway sections built in the 1960s and 70s; during this period, the two companies Gfeller and Zellweger build all emergency call systems in Switzerland as a joint venture.


Gfeller AG and Zellweger AG supply SOS telephones for the first motorway section in Switzerland. (Inauguration of the first Swiss motorway)