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International Rail News Roundup (28th August 2015)

Posted by SmartRail World Staff on Aug 28, 2015

Irish-Rail-DART-2In this week's rail news roundup we bring you an update on some serious overruns on Brazil metro projects to the tune of US$6bn, a focus on calls for Auckland safety changes, learn how Fujitsu are growing further within the burgeoning digital ticket market, visit the Netherlands for a fantastic look at a renewable revolution happening on their rail network, see how CCTV is being deployed in big numbers on the Indian network, a great job opportunity with BART in San Francisco, a boost for maintenance on Irish Rail plus our Rail Video of the Week which is coming to us from Australia which is seeing a renewed focus on rail passenger safety…

Metro Projects: Brazil metro projects cost overruns top US$6bn (Business Americas)

The budgets for Brazil's six main metro projects have increased to 32.4bn reais (US$9.29bn) from an original estimate of 10.8bn reais, with an average rise of 287%, according to BNamericas' Project Risk Analytics team. Rio de Janeiro's metro line No.4 has jumped 945% to 9.2bn reais from 880mn reais when the contract was signed in 1998. Works were halted from 1998 to 2009. Its estimated completion has been pushed back from 2014 to year-end 2018.

Transport Safety: Calls for urgent Auckland rail safety changes (3 News)

Transport accident investigators want urgent upgrades to protect pedestrians around Auckland's increasingly popular rail network. The call comes following a Transport Accident Investigation Commission investigation into the death of a man at the Morningside Station in January this year. Tejas Patel, 24, who was wearing earphones and texting after hopping off his train, was hit by another unit at the level crossing despite the flashing lights, bells and barriers all working. TAIC said the warnings were all directed at pedestrians and traffic on Morningside Drive and only a "Look for trains" sign was aimed at passengers walking down the ramp.

BART_LogoJob of the Week: Project Manager with Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) in San Francisco, California

Ride BART to a satisfying career that lets you BOTH 1) make a difference to Bay Area residents, and 2) enjoy excellent pay, benefits and stability. BART is looking for people who like to be challenged, work in a fast paced environment, and have a passion for connecting over 400,000 daily riders to work, school and other places they need to go. BART offers a competitive salary, comprehensive health and medical benefits, paid time off, plus CalPERS retirement in the future.

Metro ticketing: Fujitsu Acquires ACT to Strengthen Presence in Burgeoning Digital Ticketing Market (SmartRail World)

Fujitsu have announced it has acquired ACT (Applied Card Technologies), the digital ticketing solutions provider. The multimillion pound acquisition will support Fujitsu as it further expands its presence in the transport sector. ACT’s technology will enable Fujitsu to provide cloud-based ticketing systems and solutions to transport operators, allowing them to offer passengers a fast, stress-free, convenient service. The deal follows Fujitsu’s recent announcement that it will work with transport company, Arriva, to install the UK rail industry’s first smartphone-based ticket issuing system.

Future Rail: Running on wind: the Dutch rail network’s renewable revolution (Railway Technology)

Harried Dutch commuters may not be entirely cognisant of the fact, but they may soon be travelling on one of the most environmentally friendly rail networks in the whole of Europe, if not the world. Electricity generated by wind turbines already provides nearly half of traction power on the 2,900km ProRail 1.5kV DC network, out of total consumption of around 1.4 terawatt hours (TWh) per year. That figure is set to rise to 100% by 2018 under a new green energy contract - thought to be among the largest yet signed in Europe - between power supplier Eneco and VIVENS, an energy procurement joint venture comprising Netherlands Railways (NS), Veolia, Arriva, Connexxion and rail freight firms.

Rail CCTV: 20,000 railway coaches to have CCTV cameras on Indian Rail Network (Times of India)

To strengthen security on trains, Indian Railways is expediting the process of installing CCTV surveillance cameras in 20,000 coaches at a cost of Rs 700 crore, which will be derived from Nirbhaya fund. "It has been decided in a recent meeting held at the PMO to speed up certain projects which include works on new lines, construction of rail overbridges and underbridges, improving passenger convenience, and safety and security...," a senior railway ministry official, who was present in the meeting, said.

Preventative Maintenance: Irish Rail to Deploy Real-Time Diagnostic System from Trimble Company, Nexala (SmartRail World) - Pictured.

Trimble announced today that Irish Rail will be deploying Nexala's R2M real-time remote diagnostics monitoring system across its CAF 29000 commuter fleet of trains. The system allows railway operators to streamline maintenance costs and provide efficiencies across their fleet by automating manual tasks. Nexala provides an integrated suite of on premise and software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for large transport operators and global train and component manufacturers that manage the lifecycle of rail transport vehicles from operation through maintenance and repair. The Nexala R2M system combines shore-based software and on-train equipment to deliver fault alerts as they occur for effective condition-based maintenance.

Rail Video of the Week: Rail Safety Week 2015 (Australia)

What is the International Rail News Roundup? There’s never a shortage of global rail news stories, but keeping track of those launches, announcements, innovations, take-overs and developments that are crucial to your business can be a challenge. So the team here at SmartRail World bring you a regular Friday roundup of some stories you may have missed from both SmartRail World and global media sources.For the latest news, as it happens subscriber for free to SmartRail World.


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