Petrotechnics' survey reveals needs for Operational Excellence technology in rail.
With rail investment set to rise, new technologies will ensure returns
Aberdeen, UK, 26th July 2017 – Ninety per cent of rail professionals believe that operational excellence (OE) is important to their organisation’s success and three quarters agree that technology is an enabler, according to new research by Petrotechnics, the developer of the rail industry’s first software platform for OE.
However, despite what these results suggest, less than one in eight are seeing return in investment in OE. Analysis suggests that the issue lies in an inability to visualise and harness data, with only 28 per cent using big data and analytics.
Petrotechnics surveyed rail infrastructure managers from across the world to unveil industry attitudes in the Operational Excellence in Rail Index 2017.
Nine out of ten survey respondents agree that OE can be defined as ‘the pursuit of world-class performance. It requires everyone, from the boardroom to the trackside, to consistently make the most effective operational decisions, based on an integrated view of operational reality, based on risk, cost and productivity’.
“The results clearly show that infrastructure managers can see the significant benefits of pursing OE and realise that technology is the enabler,” says Michael Brown, rail subject matter expert at Petrotechnics. “The worrying thing is that so few are using the right technology. This means that they aren’t benefiting from an integrated view and aren’t seeing the expected returns on their investments.”
What’s more, 62 per cent believe a benefit of OE is improving customer satisfaction with reliability and cost. And, more than half of those surveyed agree that OE can enable safer and more effective routine operations that ultimately keep trains running on time.
Brown continues: “Over the coming years we are going to see significant investment in our railways – a trend that is reflected globally. New OE technologies are an imperative for infrastructure managers and organisations that want a true picture of operational reality – what’s happening, where it’s happening and when it’s happening. Only then can best practice become common practice.”
Additional survey findings include:
- Key drivers for OE include optimising work programmes, influencing cultural and behavioural change, achieving greater cost efficiencies, reducing operational and major accident risk and improving project performance.
- Respondents state that OE can improve employee retention, possession management, working and culture practices and maintenance reliability
- Just under half of respondents believe OE means more effective and timely project management and / or keeping more people safe on the network
- 80 per cent are somewhere on the path to an OE framework, and 70 per cent are using enterprise asset management or asset performance management software
- 43 per cent believe OE is the responsibility of everyone on the organisation.
Bemrosebooth Paragon Acquires Burall Infosmart
BemroseBooth Paragon (BBP), a fully owned subsidiary of Paragon ID and leading supplier of both traditional magnetic, thermal and barcode tickets for the transportation sector as well as a variety of smart products and services including RFID tags, smart cards and tickets, contact and contactless cards, has acquired Burall InfoSmart, one of the few companies certified to produce ITSO smart cards in the UK.
Responsible for the supply of almost 1bn magnetic stripe tickets for the UK train operating companies, this strategic acquisition by BBP will allow the business to launch ITSO approved smart products and services into this sector, assisting the UK train operators to make a smooth transition from traditional to smart ticketing, as well as expanding the offering into the broader transportation sector.
Paul McEnaney from BBP comments: “We are very pleased to announce the acquisition of Burall InfoSmart. The many synergies between BBPtech, our technological centre of excellence in Boston, and Burall InfoSmart will allow for a much greater offering of RFID, smart ticketing and smart card bureau services, not just to the transportation sector but many other areas such as education, local authorities and public utilities providers.
“Coming together to become one of the leading suppliers in the UK supports our strategy for future growth and development as we explore new markets, as well as continuing to supply to the mass transit sector.”
Arron Duddin, the current MD of Burall InfoSmart, will now take over as Smart Solutions Director for the enlarged company, working closely with the sales and marketing team at BBP and BBPtech, to develop and grow the business over the coming years.
He comments: “We have worked hard over the years to position Burall InfoSmart as a leading supplier of ITSO accredited smart solutions. Combining our products and skills with those of BBP creates a company that can support customers with all of their tickets and smart card requirements. The complimentary products, services and values we have in place will deliver ongoing benefits to our extensive list of customers.
For more information about BemroseBooth Paragon: http://www.bemrosebooth.com/ and Burall InfoSmart: https://w3.burall-infosmart.com/
Artesyn Extends ControlSafe™ SIL4 COTS Rail Computing Platform to Onboard Applications.
Fanless Carborne Platform shares safety architecture and hardware-based voting mechanism
Washington D.C. [11 April, 2017] — At the SafeRail Congress today, Artesyn Embedded Technologies has unveiled the latest in its portfolio of SIL4 COTS computing systems for rail safety applications, the ControlSafe™ Carborne Platform. Designed for onboard applications such as automatic train protection (ATP), automatic train operation (ATO), and positive train control (PTC), the new platform can also be used in wayside train control and rail signaling implementations. The ControlSafe™ Carborne Platform leverages the same safety architecture and technologies as Artesyn’s ControlSafe Platform and ControlSafe Expansion Box Platform, to provide a highly integrated and cost-effective solution for rail system integrators and rail application providers. The first two platforms in the portfolio have been both certified to SIL4, while SIL4 certification of the ControlSafe Carborne Platform is anticipated to be complete in Q3 2017.
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Housed in a compact 4U chassis with front access I/O and a DC power supply, the ControlSafe™ Carborne Platform can accommodate up to 12 I/O modules and a variety of I/O types. An innovative data lock step architecture, used in all Artesyn ControlSafe Platforms, allows customers to make seamless technology upgrades while a hardware-based voting mechanism allows for application software transparency. Designed to meet rail functional safety, reliability and availability requirements, the ControlSafe™ Carborne Platform is ideal for deployment in safety application environments and can save customers a significant amount of time, cost and risk associated with the system development and certification process by using a COTS product.
“We have a customer who has adopted the ControlSafe Platform and estimates that they have saved millions of dollars and many years of development time,” said Qianqian Shao, marketing manager for Artesyn Embedded Technologies. “A shared safety architecture makes it easy to transfer applications between systems and deploy as a common platform. This innovative data lock-step architecture and hardware-based voting mechanism supports high performance modern processors, and is modular, scalable and designed to seamlessly accommodate additional I/O interfaces as well as new processor architectures that will be required throughout the product life cycle.”
The ControlSafe Carborne Platform is designed as a common base platform to enable a variety of applications through the integration of Artesyn IOU modules. In addition, Artesyn offers customers the flexibility to develop IOU modules and specify I/O backplane connectivity to meet their specific needs by providing all necessary technical specifications, product support and service.
Artesyn is a lead sponsor of the SafeRail Congress 2017 in Washington D.C. (April 11-12), where the company is showcasing the ControlSafe Platform portfolio on stand six.
About Artesyn Embedded Technologies
Artesyn Embedded Technologies is a global leader in the design and manufacture of highly reliable power conversion and embedded computing solutions for a wide range of industries including communications, computing, medical, military, aerospace and industrial. For more than 40 years, customers have trusted Artesyn to help them accelerate time-to-market and reduce risk with cost-effective advanced network computing and power conversion solutions. Artesyn has over 20,000 employees worldwide across ten engineering centers of excellence, four world-class manufacturing facilities, and global sales and support offices.
Bemrose Booth Paragon Limited prints and supplies tickets and cards to the mass transit and car park market. The company offers a portfolio of parking related products; tickets, and security labels and retail stamps for travel, parking, and leisure markets; smart solutions, including magnetic and car park tickets, as well as smart cards and bureau services; and pre-paid cards, as well as a range of associated services, such as cards, leaflets, welcome information packs, SIM card packs, and ringtone products for the telecommunications industry.
The company also implements and manages specialist label and tag solutions, including track and trace labelling, variable numbering, bar-coding, and number control labelling products; and membership cards, season passes, and smart card/passes to a global client base.
In addition, the company provides various advertising solutions. It serves customers, such as NCP and local authorities in Europe, Australia, Asia, Africa, and North America. The company was founded in 1826 and has manufacturing facilities in Hull and Boston, Lincolnshire.
OSIsoft Teams Up with LILEE Systems to Bolster Rail Safety Through Increased Access to Real-Time Operational Data.
- LILEE Systems and OSIsoft IoT to link LILEE IoT gateways to OSIsoft’s PI System for greater visibility across rail networks.
- The combination of LILEE Systems and the PI System will help improve PTC performance and help rail operations enact strategies for accident prevention, predictive maintenance and supply chain optimization.
- The companies will also bring joint technology advantages to other transportation and supply chain markets.
Washington, D.C. (April 10, 2017)—OSIsoft, a leader in operational intelligence, and LILEE Systems, a provider of mobile communications solutions for the transportation industry, have entered into an alliance to improve safety and equipment health of rail and transportation networks through Big Data and industrial Internet of Things technologies.
OSIsoft and LILEE Systems are working together to embed a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) connector for transferring data from LILEE’s IoT gateways to OSIsoft’s PI System to help rail operators achieve their goals for Positive Train Control (PTC). The COTS connector, for example, will transfer data regarding speed, acceleration, vibration or other parameters captured by LILEE gateways and software located on trains or trackside stations to PI Systems located in centralized control centers where technicians can use the information to prevent potential equipment failure or identify safety risks or forward insights back to train operators or others. The connector will also monitor the health and operation of PTC technologies themselves.
Transportation companies will also be able to use LILEE and OSIsoft technology to perform long-term analysis to optimize routes, improve on-time arrivals, define maintenance schedules, reduce or improve regulatory and environmental compliance.
LILEE and OSIsoft will also collaborate on bringing real-time awareness to long-haul trucking, shipping and other logistics industries.
“We are very proud to work with OSIsoft, which has been a leader for years in managing real-time data in heavy industries with a focus on improving safety and operations” said Jia-Ru Li, CEO of LILEE. “OSIsoft’s PI System is a proven solution that can integrate seamlessly with LILEE’s portfolio of systems management solutions and edge IOT platforms for rail and bus operations, delivering a solid foundation for deep analytics.”
PTC is the mandate to reduce accidents and human error through technology. The PTC System addresses interoperability and integration challenges in order to relay critical operational information in real-time about train location, weight, and speed, while the PI System collects data from various points across assets for operational efficiency. According to the Association of American Railroads, U.S. freight carriers have already invested over $7.9 billion and are investing approximately $100 million a month to achieve the goals of PTC. By 2018, America’s privately owned railroad operators are expected to have installed and tested PTC technology in over 60,000 miles of rail network.
The announcement was made at SafeRail taking place in Washington D.C. this week.
Founded in 2009, LILEE Systems helps companies across industries improve efficiency, safety, and reduce operational costs through mobile connectivity and cloud-based network solutions. With a network of wired and wireless IoT fog gateways, LILEE Systems incorporates hardware, software, and other services to improve passenger connectivity, onboard entertainment, positive train control, fleet management, and operational efficiencies. With the recent launch of the STS-1020, LILEE is the first to market providing an intelligent fog gateway. Running Intel based processor and providing critical active load balanced communication links, LILEE provides opportunities for partners to integrate their software running closer to the source to lower cellular costs and increase business agility. Named to the Inc. 500 list of the fastest growing private companies, LILEE continues to expand its market share globally.
The PI System: The Inside Secret of the Industrial Internet of Things.
OSIsoft’s PI System is one of the world’s most widely-used technologies for the Industrial Internet of Things. The PI System captures data from sensors, manufacturing equipment and other devices and transforms it into rich, real-time insights that engineers, executives and partners can use to reduce costs, dramatically improve overall productivity, and create new connected services and smart devices.
Some of the world’s largest organizations, including over 1,000 leading utilities, 95 percent of the largest oil and gas companies and more than 65 percent of the Fortune 500 industrial companies, rely on the PI System to manage their businesses. PI System technology can also be found inside hardware and software solutions from a broad spectrum of partners.
Worldwide, the PI System manages over 1.5 billion sensor-based data streams.
“Operational data is one of your most valuable resources. A ship or a rail network can generate terabytes of data a day and that data tells a story, but many companies today are overwhelmed by the challenges of separating the signals from the noise,” said Matt Miller, Industry Principal for Transportation at OSIsoft. “By working together, LILEE and OSIsoft can help give our customers a better picture of what’s happening out there.”
About OSIsoft, LLC
OSIsoft is dedicated to helping people transform their world through data. For more, please visit www.osisoft.com.
About LILEE Systems
LILEE Systems, an Inc. 500 fastest growing private company, delivers integrated, open, and reliable industrial IoT wireless and wired connectivity solutions incorporating hardware, software, and services. LILEE solutions are improving operating efficiency and reducing costs in a wide range of industries. LILEE is headquartered in Silicon Valley, with offices in Taipei and Amsterdam. Visit lileesystems.com to learn more about our communications solutions.
OSISoft Media Contact: Michael Kanellos email@example.com (510) 877 9331
LILEE Systems Contact: Paola Realpozo firstname.lastname@example.org +1 408.988.8672
Railway Tender Conference 2017
Wednesday 10 May, Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Holbergsgate 30, Oslo
Thursday 11 May, the Follo Line Visitor Centre, Bispegata 13, Oslo
Bane NOR, Norway’s state-owned company responsible for the national railway infrastructure, is pleased to invite you to Oslo for a presentation of the upcoming construction projects in the intercity area.
This year`s conference is aimed at potential main contractors experienced in major railway and road infrastructure works and suppliers within the field of railway systems. Bane NOR will announce upcoming contracts, strategies and planned milestones in the following projects:
• Sandbukta- Moss - Såstad
• Kleverud - Sørli
• Venjar - Langset
• Drammen - Kobbervikdalen
• Nykirke - Barkåker
• The Ringerike Line and E16 highway
The Conference language is English. For more information about the event and registration, please visit our Railway Tender Conference 2017 site.
LILEE partners with Fluidmesh Networks to demonstrate and grow their open platform capabilities for Connected Rail
With a reduced handover time by a factor of 50, LILEE Systems and Fluidmesh achieve seamless switching between trackside radio and LTE making it transparent for end-user applications that are sensitive to network latency.
San Jose, CA – March 31, 2017 – LILEE Systems, an Inc. 500 company and provider of advanced wireless communication solutions in industrial IoT and an emerging innovator in cloud-based network solutions, announced today their collaboration with Fluidmesh Networks, manufacturer of fast-roaming wireless networking products, to provide superior and reliable train to ground communications to railways around the world.
Fluidmesh Networks developed an innovative wireless train-to-ground solution based on an MPLS protocol. The system provides up to 500 Mbps of usable throughput on-board trains traveling at a speed of up to 220 mph and supports both vital and non-vital applications. Thanks to some specialized antenna and radio technology, Fluidmesh solutions works both above ground and underground and support a trackside spacing up to 8Km, the highest in the industry.
As the interest and demand for more onboard applications is growing, so is the need for high bandwidth data requirements. There is a significant focus on augmenting the number of applications and services onboard the trains to provide increased safety, information, and connectivity to passengers, as well as real-time monitoring systems. These new requirements increase the importance of having a reliable, robust infrastructure for train to ground communications, as more and more services add pressure to the bandwidth needed to support them, increasing the cost of LTE significantly.
Railways around the world, traditionally relying on LTE-based communications to support their rail operations, are increasingly deploying alternative radio technologies to augment bandwidth and coverage while containing costs. Fluidmesh trackside radio is an ideal complementary technology to LTE-based communications as it provides redundancy, additional bandwidth when aggregated with LTE, and coverage in tunnels and other areas where mobile network operators do not fully cover.
LILEE Systems’ onboard gateway serves as the central communications hub for all operational and passenger services that require high throughput connectivity, compute, and storage. The LILEE platform functions as the communications gatekeeper, determining what communication link or links to connect based on the operational goals and priorities of the railway. Communication can be provided by the radio trackside network, LTE, or a combination of both. It can also be provided by Wi-Fi networks, when available, at train stations and yards.
Each additional radio technology places huge operational burden on operators. LILEE provides a plug and play architecture that isolates the underlying technological difference and abstracts operational and quality parameters to power the connectivity algorithms that dynamically manage user and application traffic flows. This abstraction powers LILEE Systems’ open connectivity platform to seamlessly integrate LTE, Wi-Fi, wired and trackside radio technologies, and dynamically balance the traffic across all the links based on user defined policies.
The integration between LILEE Systems and Fluidmesh allows for a seamless switching between communication networks making it transparent for end-user applications that are sensitive to network latency. This is very relevant for passengers that rely on the onboard Wi-Fi network to have uninterrupted VoIP calls or video conferences, for instance.
“This collaboration between LILEE Systems and Fluidmesh Networks provides technological advantages to railways that require reliable, always-on connectivity to support high throughput, delay sensitive, and mission critical on-board applications,” explains Sam Kanakamedala, Director of Product Management at LILEE Systems. “Our code level integration with Fluidmesh Networks solutions enables us to bring handover time between Fluidmesh and other technologies down by a factor of 50. Our connectivity algorithms demonstrate better handover times in various partner testing and this new enhancement puts us well ahead of our competition.”
A combination of trackside radio and LTE provides flexibility to railways that need to balance the capital expense of acquiring radio network infrastructure and the operating cost of LTE. It also allows railways to replace and upgrade communications infrastructure with minimum to no impact to the passengers and the communities that they serve.
“Seamless integration of Fluidmesh MPLS Trackside and LTE connectivity is a needed step in solving the on-board connectivity problem on rail. The partnership with LILEE allows our customers to have full control and flexibility in the transition to a trackside network making it a lot easier on their budgets without affecting performances. We are already seeing benefits from the integration with LILEE with customers in Europe and Asia and look forward to continue to leverage each other technology to deliver a better solution to the market,” explains Cosimo Malesci, Fluidmesh Co-Founder and EVP Sales.
The collaboration with Fluidmesh Networks demonstrates LILEE Systems’ open platform capabilities to integrate with leading third party technologies and services to continue to meet the requirements of train and rail operators for operations, safety, and passenger services. LILEE Systems’ open platform technology has a leading role in the rail industry as it integrates with other major mission-critical systems providers for the management of devices and systems onboard locomotives, wayside equipment, and back office servers for interoperable communications globally.
“We at LILEE Systems are excited to collaborate with Fluidmesh Networks, a leading player in the industry,” said Jia-Ru Li, Founder and CEO, LILEE Systems. “Fluidmesh is a great technology partner and we are pleased to provide the railways with the flexibility of this integration that can augment the value of their communication infrastructure and minimize downtime. LILEE Systems understands the importance of open platforms and the value of collaboration to achieve the industry’s business goals, therefore we are pleased that our technology can integrate with the technology of choice of our customers.”
To schedule a free assessment of your vehicle’s onboard services or your rail network connectivity coverage, contact email@example.com. Visit lileesystems.com and fluidmesh.com to learn more about our communications solutions.
About LILEE Systems
LILEE Systems, an Inc. 500 fastest growing private company, delivers integrated, open, and reliable industrial IoT wireless and wired connectivity solutions incorporating hardware, software, and services. LILEE solutions are improving operating efficiency and reducing costs in a wide range of industries. LILEE is headquartered in Silicon Valley, with offices in Taipei and Amsterdam.
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HUBER+SUHNER to demonstrate latest connectivity solutions for trains at Smart Rail Europe 2017
The company’s presence at the show comes after the major announcement of a partnership with ENGIE INEO to bring the world’s first broadband passenger Wi-Fi network aboard SNCF’s TGV high-speed fleet.
HUBER+SUHNER has announced it will showcase its latest connectivity solutions for trains at Smart Rail Europe 2017, taking place April 5-6 in Amsterdam. The HUBER+SUHNER display will highlight solutions for high-data-rate communications thus enabling internet connectivity on trains. This includes Engineering and Supply Chain services as well as the required passive components that are being used by SNCF to bring the world’s first broadband passenger Wi-Fi network aboard its TGV high-speed fleet.
Among the display will be HUBER+SUHNER’s optical connectors (Q-ODC), rooftop antennas and inter-vehicle jumpers, all of which are being supplied to SNCF, the French-based train company responsible for providing transportation for over 100 million passengers a year to destinations across Europe. The scale of the SNCF project speaks volumes of the trust companies such as SNCF have for HUBER+SUHNER to reliably carry out the project both efficiently and to a high standard.
“We look forward to Smart Rail Europe every year as it is one of the most important annual events dedicated to train technology, bringing together Europe's leading rail providers, operators and infrastructure managers to demonstrate their latest smart rail technologies,” said Eric Louis-Marie, Market Manager Railway - Connected Mobility at HUBER+SUHNER. “This year, we are looking forward to meeting with our valued customers as well as potential customers and discuss how we can work together to create the best solution possible for enabling high-data-rate communication in their trains.”
With an ever increasing demand for connectivity within public transport, major operators such as SNCF are investing more and more money into technologies and services in order to rapidly build reliable and future-proof communication infrastructures into their fleets.
Thanks to its comprehensive portfolio of communication Components (optical cabling, antennas, Ethernet cabling) and its full range of Professional Services covering both Engineering and Supply Chain aspects, HUBER+SUHNER offers a unique combination of value propositions that enable an efficient execution of challenging technology upgrades on existing trains.
At its Booth (#C5), HUBER+SUHNER will demonstrate component highlights such as its Q-ODC harsh environment optical connector, its Sencity Rail MULTI antenna, its Gigabit inter-vehicle jumper cables and a conceptual indoor antenna with an integrated access point. Visitors will have the opportunity to discuss their projects with HUBER+SUHNER’s specialists and understand how the range of Professional Services could help in achieving challenging technical and timeline objectives.
“In high-dependent applications such as transportation, the reliability and quality of the technology in these new communication infrastructures are vital,” said Eric Louis-Marie, Market Manager Railway - Connected Mobility at HUBER+SUHNER.
“Additionally, for technology retrofits where a broad spectrum of components is involved and time constraints are high, excellence in Supply Chain and Delivery has also become a key success factor for Project Managers. In both areas, HUBER+SUHNER is an enabler and contributes to make communication connectivity available to the millions of passengers who use trains for transportation every day.”
Visitors to Smart Rail Europe 2017 can see HUBER+SUHNER’s latest technology at Booth C5, at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam, April 5-6.
To arrange a briefing or product demonstration with one of the HUBER+SUHNER experts, please contact the HUBER+SUHNER team on the details below.
HUBER+SUHNER is a global company with headquarters in Switzerland that develops and manufactures components and system solutions for electrical and optical connectivity. With cables, connectors and systems – developed from the three core technologies of radio frequency, fiber optics and low frequency – the company serves customers in the communication, transportation and industrial sectors. The products deliver high performance, quality, reliability and long life – even under harsh environment conditions. Our global production network, combined with group companies and agencies in over 60 countries, puts HUBER+SUHNER close to its customers. Further information on the company can be found at hubersuhner.com.
Innovative High-Voltage Transducers for Railway Applications
From Knick Interface
Berlin – The new ProLine P50000 series transducers from Knick were specially developed for voltage and current measurement in main and auxiliary power circuits of locomotives and multiple units. Typical applications include short circuit detection, and the monitoring of traction motors and inverters, auxiliary inverters and accumulator batteries. The devices comply with all applicable railway standards and thus meet the high demands of fire protection (HL3 according to EN 45545-2 (2016), electrical safety, mechanical robustness and resistance to extreme environmental conditions and electromagnetic interference.
Compared to conventional sensors used in railway vehicles, the ProLine P50000 models stand out by way of their calibrated range selection and integrated universal power supply. This calibrated range selection allows input ranges up to ±4200 V to be selected quickly and flexibly. The specified high accuracy of the output (< 0.1 % measured value + 0.1 % full scale) is maintained without any necessary readjustments. Combined with a shunt resistor, the devices are suitable for precise current measurements up to the kA range. A new, patent-pending design with covered high-voltage terminals ensures contact protection.
Knick offers a 5-year warranty on the ProLine P50000 series, bringing peace of mind, high-precision and long-term stability to important transducer applications found on railway vehicles.
For more information, please contact Knick Interface at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bielefeld in Germany to have €1.63m BOS tunnel radio sytem installed by COMLAB.
COMLAB will equip the Bielefeld city train tunnel with a BOS tunnel radio system. So, the company received an order worth 1.63 million Euros which is promoted by the public authorities. The Bielefeld tunnel has a total length of 10km and passes through seven underground railway stations. These include the Hauptbahnhof and Jahnplatz stations which have a high frequentation. Furthermore, the tunnel has three emergency exits. It is used by the local Bielefeld public transportation company moBiel which is part of the Stadtwerke Bielefeld group. The radio system explicitly serves for the secure communication of police and fire brigade.
As a result of the thick layers of rock, external radio signals cannot be received inside a tunnel. Despite this, emergency services, the fire brigade, the police and railway staff are reliant on being able to communicate fully with each other in the tunnel in the event of an emergency. The digital, optical and redundant COMLAB radio system guarantees safe and interference-free radio operations among authorities as well as security organisations within the tunnel and corresponds to all requirements imposed. The system also guarantees the highest levels of security due to its multiple redundant configuration, in the context of which the functioning is automatically taken over by other system components in the event of a partial failure. This enables communications to be ensured in the event of a fire in the tunnel.
According to Yann Zürcher, Managing Director of COMLAB Deutschland GmbH, two conditions have special priority in this project. On the one hand, the high railway and security organisation requirements are to be fulfilled. On the other hand, the ambitious schedule must be adhered to. Within a period of six months, the turnkey distribution system must be installed and handed over. Furthermore, the employees must be trained and instructed.
“The execution of this project is an important step for COMLAB as a general contractor towards public transport and expands the already established railway and road business in Germany,” Yann Zürcher continues.
To date, the company COMLAB has supplied system components and complete systems to over 6500 km of railway tunnels all over the world. Tunnel radio system projects which include safety-related radio coverage of fire brigade, police and emergency services, and where different authorities are involved, such as the projects of moBiel, are highly interesting – both in technical and in organisational terms. The long standing, international experience of COMLAB proves to be of particular value with projects of this kind.
For more information, please contact Knick Interface at email@example.com.
Transit Driver Appreciation Day is celebrating Friday March 17th.
As we prepare to show our favorite transit drivers our appreciation, there is a looming problem that is extremely difficult to ignore. Attacks on transit drivers are happening more frequently, ranging from verbal outburst to extremely violent assaults. It is hard to believe that drivers are being attacked so openly, even with video surveillance and increased awareness of the issue.
ELERTS Corp offers a See Say app that allows riders to instantly and discretely report safety and security concerns. Physical and verbal assaults on transit drivers have been reported with ELERTS app. Riders report what they see & hear and can send a photo/video, plus a GPS map identifying the incident location. This reporting app enables real-time 2-way communication between rider and console operator, without a word being said.
Because ELERTS offer this product, ongoing research occurs geared toward increasing the safety of transits and transit riders. We felt compelled to re-share this information, disturbed by the reality faced by transit drivers.
JOYANNE PURSAGA, Winnipeg Sun Tuesday, February 28, 2017 “Assaults are ongoing. They’re almost a daily occurrence,” said John Callahan, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1505 Winnipeg, Manitoba. Callahan said daily incidents include many verbal assaults, though physical attacks are also common. The ATU tracked 45 physical attacks on drivers in 2016 and 62 in 2015. Callahan said the incidents are a key factor in why 100 transit staff, about one in 14, are now on long-term disability leave.
“The safety of our members is only a part of it. What affects our members can affect the riding public,” he said.
“One of the fears that we have is that a possible worst-case scenario is if the driver has a bus full of people and he is in service and gets struck or knocked unconscious behind the wheel.”
Bus Drivers Under Attack- Amalgamed Transit Union In the past five years, we have seen a dramatic increase in the level and intensity of senseless attacks on defenseless operators. Drivers have been punched, slapped, stabbed, shot, and have had hot coffee and bodily fluids thrown upon them. And they are confronting all of this while trying to safely steer their vehicles through traffic, protecting the lives of passengers, pedestrians, and other drivers who are seriously distracted by today’s hand-held gadgets.
Five transit employees are assaulted every day. Each year, more than 2,000 transit operators are assaulted, and 755 of these incidents occur on buses, putting passengers and other vehicles at risk.
SEON Blog September 4, 2014 Lori Jetha Operator assaults have increased by 31% between 2008 and 2013. These attacks not only take a personal toll on the victims, but can have a significant financial impact on the transit system in terms of lost work hours, medical claims, employee absenteeism, and lawsuits. These can also result in a loss of public confidence in the safety of the transit system and lead to decreased ridership and reduced fare box collections.
By Janet Moore Star Tribune September 10, 2016 “You have to sum up people at every stop,” said Russ Dixon, a Metro Transit bus driver for the past 29 years, who was spit on by a passenger five years ago. “When you open the doors, you think, ‘Who will be the problem?’ ”
Airline pilots are locked in the cockpit during flight following the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Light-rail operators are enclosed in the front car of trains. Even taxicabs feature a partition to protect drivers from virulent passengers. Only bus drivers — fundamental cogs in the nation’s transit infrastructure — are left so widely vulnerable to attack.
A startling statistic by the Amalgamated Transit Union recently released saying the number of assaults on city bus drivers went up by 50 percent in 2015.
Preventing and Mitigating Transit Worker Assaults in the Bus and Rail Transit Industry In 2014, the Transit Advisory Committee for Safety (TRACS) was tasked with developing recommendations for FTA on the elements that should comprise a Safety Management System (SMS) approach to preventing and mitigating transit worker assaults.
Best practice recommendations incluing:
- Installing protective barriers, video surveillance, automatic vehicle location (AVL) systems, and overt or covert alarms on bus and rail transit vehicles;
- Training safety‐sensitive employees about how to de‐escalate potentially violent situations, the important of reporting assaults, and the standard agency response to reports of assault;
- Educating the public about reporting assaults by conducting public awareness campaigns, providing resources and incentives for passengers to report assaults, and meeting with passengers to discuss strategies for preventing assaults;
- Enforcing transit agency policy by posting passenger codes of conduct, suspending service for assailants, posting police officers on transit vehicles and property in high‐risk areas, providing legal support for transit workers who file complaints, and collaborating with other agencies and organizations to develop social safety plans and advocate for changes in state and local legislation to better address assaults against transit;
- Collecting data regarding the number, location, times, and types of assaults.
Preventing Transit Worker Assaults Rule - The FAST Act requires FTA to issue an NPRM to establish “rail and bus safety standards, practices, or protocols” for “protecting rail and bus operators from the risk of assault.”
ELERTS Corporation provides an easy to use incident reporting app for riders to report what they see without having to say a word. Police receive incident information and can establish 2-way communication between riders and console operators.
ELERTS is the leading provider to Mass Transits for See Something Say Something apps. With years of experience, the ELERTS system is proven to deliver results. Police gain real-time visibility to activities in a way that was not previously available. Crimes get stopped. People in distress get help.
For more information, visit http://elerts.com/solutions/transit/?Stop Transit Driver Attacks , call
877-256-1971 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lean safety technology for rail sector
HIMA presents COTS SIL 4 safety controllers at SafeRail in Washington DC.
At SafeRail (April 11-12) in Washington DC, the commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) HIMax and HIMatrix safety controllers are at the center of attention at HIMA’s booth #16. Thanks to CENELEC SIL 4 approval, open interfaces and a standard operating system, they can be deployed flexibly in the railway industry.
Lean solutions based on mass-produced, COTS controllers cost much less than traditional technology. They focus on what is important: safety. System integrators, rolling stock manufacturers and railway operators can use HIMA’s COTS controllers to implement their safety solutions economically, easily and quickly for applications such as interlocking, level crossings and rolling stock.
"COTS safety controllers are becoming the standard in the railway industry. Particularly for interlocking and signalling technology, they have considerable advantages over proprietary technology," explains Sedat Sezgün, Head of Rail at HIMA.
"Our control systems for the rail industry offer maximum safety and make decentralized interlocking and signalling systems "smart” at a relatively low cost. At the same time, they aren’t burdened with all the unnecessary functions that a central control system controls. At remarkably low prices and with greater flexibility, these lean solutions will become the go-to choice in the long term."
Today's electronic interlocking systems have many functions that are not safety-relevant but which add costs. Ideally, interlocking systems should be purely dedicated to setting points and ensuring safe operation. Their job is to detect changes in the position of the points and send a "track free/not free" signal. This lean approach is supported by vibration- and shock-resistant HIMatrix and HIMax COTS safety controllers which are also available in extended operating temperature range versions. They fulfill the requirements of EN 61373 Category 1 Class B. Both systems are certified by TÜV in accordance with CENELEC standards EN 50126, EN 50128 and EN 50129 for deployment up to the highest safety level SIL 4.
HIMatrix systems are suitable for small applications, while HIMax systems are suitable for use in large stations or traffic hubs. Both systems are designed with open interfaces and a standard operating system such that rail infrastructure companies can benefit from their greater flexibility and future-proof design.
HIMA’s clients in the rail sector include EFACEC, Portugal, COLAS Rail, France, London Underground, Mipro, Finland, Movares, Netherlands, and RCS Australia.
Resonate talk business with Lord Prior.
Resonate Group Ltd has welcomed Lord Prior of Brampton to its Head Office in Derby. During the meeting, Resonate CEO, Anna Ince, had the opportunity to showcase the company’s Traffic Management solutions running on its powerful new digital platform. She also had the opportunity to discuss strategic growth plans with Lord Prior as well as the government support mechanisms that could see Resonate become a major international flag bearer for the UK.
As the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Lord Prior was keen to understand the ways in which Resonate solutions could help to connect the rail network, train operating companies and the IOT (internet of things) to drive intelligent transport and smarter cities. Other key topics discussed included sustained innovation models for UK SMEs and the need to create procurement standards that enable the development of UK supply chains.
Lord Pryor said: “Resonate is a highly innovative company and I was impressed by the work going on here in Derby. This shows the huge opportunities to use digital technology to improve the performance of our railways. Through our ambitious Industrial Strategy Green Paper we have committed to driving growth across the Midlands and the rest of the UK, using major new investments in infrastructure and research to drive prosperity, creating more high-skilled, high paid jobs and opportunities.”
Also on the agenda were ambitions around export. Resonate already has an office in France and is actively seeking distribution and maintenance partners to support further international growth opportunities
Anna Ince said, “We have proven strengths that will transfer to many regions worldwide. Our digital systems are flexible and interface easily. They are a proven success story on one of the most densely populated and complex rail networks in the world. With the support of Lord Prior and others, we look forward to establishing ourselves as a leading light for British commerce abroad.”
Interested parties can learn more about the Resonate brand, products and services by visiting the website at www.resonate.tech
Barclaycard secures new ten-year Merchant Acquirer Contract with TfL.
- As TfL’s merchant acquirer, Barclaycard will continue to play a lead role in delivering one of the UK’s largest payments infrastructure projects
- Renewed partnership will see Barclaycard support the launch of the Elizabeth line and help introduce contactless payments for train travel beyond London
- Contactless transactions now represent almost four in ten Pay As You Go (PAYG) journeys on London’s buses, Tube and rail services, with the number continuing to grow
Barclaycard, which processes nearly half of the UK’s credit and debit card transactions, has retained its contract to provide payment solutions to Transport for London (TfL) for another seven years, with an option to extend for a further three years.
TfL and Barclaycard have a longstanding relationship spanning over two decades which has seen the two companies work together to transform how we pay for travel across the nation’s capital city.
The full roll-out of contactless payments on TfL in September 2014 has been a driving factor in facilitating faster, easier and safer travel across London. As TfL’s merchant acquirer, Barclaycard has processed over 278 million contactless transactions - driven by journeys made on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, Emirates Air Line, River Bus and most National Rail services in London every day.
The renewed partnership will see Barclaycard continue to play a key role in delivering one of the UK’s largest payments infrastructure projects by supporting TfL as its network grows beyond London. This includes providing contactless payment solutions for the Elizabeth line, which will see services running from Reading and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east by December 2019.
To facilitate contactless payments on London’s transport network Barclaycard worked with TfL to develop a unique solution which is compatible with the way TfL charges for contactless journeys. At the end of the day the cost of journeys are aggregated and checked against specially designed transit fraud and risk rules. Where applicable, they are also ‘capped’ at the cost of the daily or weekly travelcard, to ensure that customers always pay the lowest available fare for the journeys they make. Transactions are then processed through Barclaycard’s transit enabled systems and the customer is billed with a single amount while also price-matching the Oyster system. Transactions which appear on the cardholder’s debit or credit card statement are clearly identified and, unlike Oyster, no topping-up is required.
Since the introduction of contactless payments, TfL has seen the number of transactions made using ‘touch and go’ grow exponentially. Contactless transactions now represent almost four in ten (39 per cent) of all Pay As You Go (PAYG) journeys, with the number continuing to grow as commuters increasingly enjoy the speed, ease and flexibility that the technology brings.
Shashi Verma, Chief Technology Officer at Transport for London, said:
“Contactless payments have completely transformed the way people pay for travel in London, with more than 800 million journeys already made and around 1.8 million journeys being made every day. This new 10-year contract will help ensure these numbers continue to grow while also providing support to allow us to develop our ticketing system even further.”
Paulette Rowe, Managing Director of Barclaycard Payment Solutions, said:
“We have used our five decades of experience in payments technology to help London become a world-leader in transport ticketing. The introduction of contactless payments has revolutionised travel in and out of the Capital, making paying for journeys quicker and easier for both everyday commuters and the millions of tourists who visit the city each year. We’re looking forward to embarking on the next phase of our partnership with TfL to roll-out a range of new technology initiatives in London and beyond.”
A brief history of contactless payments across Transport for London
September 2007: Barclaycard introduced the OnePulse credit card, which combined the functionality of the Oyster card with a Visa contactless enabled credit card, allowing travelers to pay for their journeys across the TfL network using contactless payments. The OnePulse card also marked the launch of contactless payments in the UK, allowing shoppers to make purchases up to £10 (now £30) with ‘touch and go’ technology for the first time.
December 2012: London’s buses began accepting contactless debit and credit card payments.
September 2014: Contactless technology expanded to cover tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, and most National Rail services.
July 2015: Apple Pay became accepted on TfL. As other contactless ways to pay such as Barclaycard’s Contactless Mobile and Samsung Pay subsequently launched, they also become accepted.
January 2016: Pay as you go with Oyster and Contactless extended to cover rail services between London and Gatwick Airport. More than three million contactless journeys have already been made on these services since its introduction.
Network Rail Consulting expands operations in North America.
By Network Rail.
Network Rail Consulting consolidates the successes of its operations in North America and opens a Canadian subsidiary headquartered in Toronto.
Nigel Ash, managing director of Network Rail Consulting says: “I am pleased to announce the opening of our new Canadian subsidiary. Over the last 12 months we have carried out a number of consultancy assignments and having a local office will us allow to provide better and more responsive services to our existing clients as well as pursue new opportunities. Our approach is to have a blend of local Canadian resources together with Network Rail staff from our parent company.”
To lead this new operation in Canada, Network Rail Consulting has appointed a local Canadian, Susanne M Manaigre as Vice President. Susanne will report to Ron Hartman, President, North America.
Commenting on her appointment, Susanne said: “Joining Network Rail Consulting at the beginning of this period of growth and expansion is exciting; allowing me many opportunities to share my operational knowledge.”
Ron Hartman, President, North America said: “I am delighted to welcome Susanne to our North American team. Having spent her career in the Canadian rail market, she brings a wealth of experience and deep understanding of it. As we continue our expansion trajectory, Susanne will provide our growing client list with real-world perspective of what it takes to protect and improve railroad assets and their operation.”
Susanne is an energetic and solutions-oriented rail operations strategist and brings years of leadership success to Network Rail Consulting. Susanne’s career in the railways spans 30 years with her proven leadership knowledge gained as chief of operations for GO Transit/Metrolinx, the regional public transport system in Southern Ontario carrying in excess of 69 million passengers a year in an extensive network of train and bus services.
Artesyn and Hyushkin Collaborate on SIL 4 Rail Signalling Solution.
Tempe, Ariz. [18 January, 2017] — Artesyn Embedded Technologies today announced a collaboration with Hyukshin Engineering Co., Ltd, a leading rail integrator in South Korea, for the development of rail signaling solutions based on Artesyn’s ControlSafe™ Platform. The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for broad cooperation on the development of safety integrity level 4 (SIL4) commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) systems for train control and rail signaling.
Seunghyun Park, marketing director at Hyukshin Engineering, said: “The adoption of the SIL4 safety standard is a global trend in the rail industry. Throughout the 60 years of Hyukshin’s history we have been dedicated to serving our end customers with highly safe and reliable solutions without compromise. Artesyn’s ControlSafe Platform provides an application-ready, cost-effective solution that can help us substantially accelerate time-to-market for our next generation computer-based interlocking (CBI) systems. By adopting the platform as a safety computing engine, we do not have to start our development from scratch, and therefore we can focus on the differentiation and value that makes Hyukshin a leading player in the industry. More importantly, we can significantly reduce the costs and risks of the SIL4 system development and certification process, saving potentially millions of dollars and many years.”
Linsey Miller, vice president of marketing for Artesyn Embedded Technologies, said: “Artesyn has been providing VME products for Hyukshin’s rail signaling solutions for more than 15 years, so we have a solid foundation of mutual understanding and trust. This MOU strengthens our strategic relationship to develop and promote next generation rail safety solutions based on Artesyn ControlSafe technologies. We believe that, as Hyukshin strives to expand its business in both domestic and international markets, the company’s leading market position and influence will help both companies gain market traction to capitalize on the fast-growing rail infrastructure market.”
About the Artesyn ControlSafe Platform
Artesyn’s ControlSafe Platform is designed to meet rail functional safety, reliability and availability requirements, which makes it ideal for deployment in safety application environments to protect investment in rail infrastructure.
The first two platforms in the family, ControlSafe Platform and ControlSafe Expansion Box Platform, have been both certified to SIL4 by TÜV SÜD, one of the most trusted certification bodies worldwide. A shared safety architecture makes it easy to transfer applications between the two and deploy as a common platform. This innovative data lock-step architecture and hardware-based voting mechanism that supports high performance modern processors, and is modular, scalable and designed to seamlessly accommodate additional I/O interfaces as well as new processor architectures that will be required throughout the product life cycle.
About Hyukshin Engineering Co., Ltd
Established in 1955, Hyukshin Engineering Co., Ltd has been a key player in the growth of Korea’s electronics and telecommunications industries. Based on a corporate philosophy that encompasses ‘respect for human life and dignity’, ‘technology innovation’ and ‘faithful works’, Hyukshin has led the innovation of rail signaling in the Korean transportation system. In 1997, the company established a corporate affiliated Central Control Research Institute to play a critical role in the development of railway signaling. http://www.hyukshin.co.kr/
Artesyn ControlSafe Expansion Box Platform Now SIL4 Certified.
TEMPE, Ariz. [2 November, 2016] — Artesyn Embedded Technologies today announced Safety Integrity Level 4 (SIL4) certification for the Artesyn Embedded Computing, Inc. ControlSafe™ Expansion Box Platform with ControlSafe™ Expansion Box computer and ControlSafe™ EXB software. Certified by TÜV SÜD, one of the most trusted certification bodies worldwide, this commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) fail-safe and fault-tolerant computing platform is designed for a wide range of train control and rail signaling applications, especially large scale applications requiring substantial I/O processing capability. The ControlSafe Expansion Box Platform can either be configured as a dual-redundant safety system or deployed as an I/O expansion subsystem.
“Our second SIL certified computing platform for rail applications and an enthusiastic response to the ControlSafe portfolio at the recent Innotrans exhibition underlines the fact that Artesyn is the go-to company for SIL4 COTS solutions,” said Linsey Miller, marketing vice president, Artesyn Embedded Technologies. “At the show, we had interest from integrators and developers of all kinds of rail systems and applications such as ETCS, CBTC, PTC, ATP, ATO, interlocking and radio block center. We also had enquiries from companies outside rail with safety applications in industries such as mining and process automation that are looking to take advantage of COTS technology with the reassurance of SIL4 certification.”
Artesyn’s ControlSafe Platform enables rail application developers and system integrators to substantially accelerate time-to-market without being deterred by the potentially high costs and risks associated with the stringent SIL4 system development and certification process, a process that can take multiple years to accomplish.
Designed to deliver best-in-class platform hardware availability of six nines (99.9999%)1, Artesyn’s ControlSafe Expansion Box Platform is fully certified to EN 50126 for reliability, availability, maintainability and safety (RAMS) processes; EN 50128 for safety-related software; and EN50129 for safety-related electronic systems. It implements an innovative data lock-step architecture and hardware-based voting mechanism that supports high performance modern processors, and is modular, scalable and designed to seamlessly accommodate additional I/O interfaces as well as upgraded processors that will be required throughout the product life cycle. In addition, the ControlSafe Expansion Box Platform allows application developers to migrate existing application software with minimal modifications.
By leveraging the same technologies and safety architecture as Artesyn’s original ControlSafe Platform, but with more capacity, the new ControlSafe Expansion Box Platform will significantly enhance the growing Artesyn ControlSafe product portfolio. The shared safety architecture makes it easy to transfer applications between the two and deploy a common platform for a wide range of rail signaling and train control applications.
Targeting mainly wayside applications, the Artesyn ControlSafe Expansion Box Platform is designed to support a broad range of I/O modules such as CAN, Ethernet, Ethernet Ring, UART, digital and analog to enable solution integrators to handle both new deployments and upgrade projects easily. Artesyn can also develop specific I/O solutions to meet unique application requirements with its industrial and transportation design services.
1 For Artesyn provided hardware and software and assuming 4 hours mean-time-to-repair (MTTR)
- See more at: https://www.artesyn.com/computing/latest-news/release/116/artesyn-controlsafe-expansion-box-platform-now#sthash.RKHgYvBB.dpuf
Evolvi Rail Systems and Penrillian embark on UK's first multimodal ITSO mobile ticketing service.
Transport ticketing experts, Evolvi Rail Systems & Penrillian, have collaborated to create the first mobile solution to provide multimodal ITSO ticketing services.
The collaboration provides UK rail content to Penrillian’s Voyager product and means Voyager can support integrated travel ticketing across multiple modes of transport.
Joanne Thompson, CEO at Penrillian said "It is quite clear that mobile ticketing is the future and there are a number of organisations and operators that have made huge strides, but the big issue still to be addressed is seamless integration across ticketing services operating in individual silos. We believe that we have made a major breakthrough, for the first time bringing rail together with all other modes of public transport to provide passengers with the ability to plan, purchase and download ITSO tickets for their entire journey."
Ken Cameron, Managing Director of Evolvi Rail Systems commented "We are delighted that Penrillian has chosen Evolvi to provide UK Rail content to its Voyager product and look forward to collaborating on this exciting project."
Penrillian has been liaising with the Rail Development Group to ensure Voyager's full and endorsed compatibility with the requirements of the Rail Settlement Plan standards. Melvin Mayes of the Rail Delivery Group stated: “It’s essential that the exciting new developments in future ticketing such as Penrillian’s Voyager product are developed in accordance with our standards. This helps ensure these innovative products can be integrated into the complex multi mode schemes that are being developed.”
Ryan Maresca of Google to share vision of ‘Transit in the Future’ at Transport Ticketing Global conference closing keynote.
Ryan Maresca, International Partnerships Lead at Google will share Google’s vision of Transit in the Future when he delivers the closing keynote of the Transport Ticketing Global conference in London at 1645 hours on Wednesday 25 January.
He will highlight how the way users interact with transportation systems is about to shift. Transit is on the cusp of moving from the paper world to the mobile world – ‘in the future we will see ground-breaking changes that will show both users and transit operators the value of moving into the mobile ecosystem. All Aboard!’
Ryan Maresca is a top Partnerships Development Manager for Android at Google, leading Payments and Transit partnerships globally. Since joining Google in 2011; Ryan has worked across numerous business segments and helped to develop and launch several new and emerging business products for Google and Android around the globe.
Jessica Williams, Event Director for Transport Ticketing Global adds; “To listen to Ryan sharing Google’s vision for the transit industry will provide an important and fascinating insight for everyone in the sector – it’s a presentation that’s not to be missed!”
Visit www.transport-ticketing.com for more. PLUS! Complimentary passes are available for transport operators and government authorities.
HUBER+SUHNER to showcase Connected Mobility solutions for reliable railway connections at SmartRail Asia
Global connectivity supplier HUBER+SUHNER will be exhibiting its comprehensive portfolio of products for the rail industry at SmartRail Asia 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand, December 1-2.
Illustrating the Switzerland-based company’s commitment to creating the future of railway communications, HUBER+SUHNER will demonstrate a wide-ranging collection of highly efficient and robust solutions for on-board, train-to-ground, and trackside communications.
“Passengers have developed a certain expectation when travelling by train, and with the mounting pressure on operators to deliver the most comfortable experience for passengers, it is extremely vital that customers have confidence in their rolling stock and wayside infrastructure,” said Amos Goek, Sales & Marketing Director, South East Asia at HUBER+SUHNER. “SmartRail Asia is one of the rail industry’s leading events in the region and so we are looking forward to demonstrating our comprehensive portfolio of products that Asian companies in the industry can use to fully equip themselves today and in the future.”
HUBER+SUHNER’s booth at SmartRail Asia will focus on solutions for Connected Mobility – the notion of bringing communications and railway together. On display will be its new five port SENCITY® Rail MIMO antenna, which accompanies its well-established SENCITY® Rail antenna portfolio. The cost-saving robust platform provides five antenna elements in one housing, and allows direct connection to a Wi-Fi radio without using an RF diplexer to split the two different signals from a broadband antenna.
Also on display at the booth will be HUBER+SUHNER’s state-of-the-art SENCITY® Omni-S MIMO – a configurable multiband antenna for WiFi MIMO, Cellular/LTE and GNSS – and the new Q-ODC-12 fiber connectors, specially designed and manufactured by HUBER+SUHNER for harsh environments.
SmartRail Asia exhibition visitors can see the HUBER+SUHNER solutions for Connected Mobility at Stand T70, Makkasan Airport Rail Link Expo Hall, Bangkok, 1-2 December 2016.
HUBER+SUHNER is a global company with headquarters in Switzerland that develops and manufactures components and system solutions for electrical and optical connectivity. With cables, connectors and systems – developed from the three core technologies of radio frequency, fiber optics and low frequency – the company serves customers in the communication, transportation and industrial sectors. The products deliver high performance, quality, reliability and long life – even under harsh environment conditions. Our global production network, combined with group companies and agencies in over 60 countries, puts HUBER+SUHNER close to its customers. Further information on the company can be found at hubersuhner.com
LILEE Systems’ Paola Realpozo Highlights Industrial IoT Opportunities for Rail Operators at SmartRail Asia 2016.
By LILEE Systems
WHO: Paola Realpozo, Director of Rail Strategy, LILEE Systems
WHAT: In her session, “Connected Transport: Industrial IoT Platforms for Operational Efficiency,” Paola Realpozo, director of rail strategy at LILEE Systems, will discuss opportunities created by industrial IoT for rail operators.
In addition, Realpozo will participate in two panel sessions. The first, “Procuring the Right System for Your Network,” will discuss multiple aspects rail operators must consider when developing a new network. Her final panel session, “Strategies for Appealing to a New Generation of Passengers,” will highlight opportunities rail operators can use to engage new passengers.
WHY: Today’s passenger transportation providers require comprehensive infield technology and communications solutions that deliver value added passenger services and data collection, analysis and connectivity. For today’s IoT big data, predictive and prescriptive analytics, and related capabilities to go mainstream into a wider range of markets, new generations of connectivity solutions are necessary.
Reliable, high-bandwidth connectivity with unified network architectures is critical when transforming a fleet into connected vehicles or when providing high-quality passenger Wi-Fi.
WHEN: Thursday, December 1, 2016
Connected Transport: Industrial IoT Platforms for Operational Efficiency
5:00 p.m. ICT (10:00 a.m. UTC)
Panel Session: Procuring the Right System for Your Network
5:30 p.m. ICT (10:30 a.m. UTC)
Friday, December 2, 2016
Panel Session: Strategies for Appealing to a New Generation of Passengers
5:15 p.m. ICT (10:50 a.m. UTC)
WHERE: Makkasan Airport Rail Link Expo Hall Booth T55 Bangkok, Thailand at SmartRail Asia
HKSAR Chief Executive Officially Opens MTR Academy to Nurture Talents and Develop Professionals for the Railway Industry.
By MTR Academy
With the aim of attracting newcomers, especially amongst the younger generation, to the rail industry to create a strong pipeline of talent to drive future development and professional excellence of the MTR Corporation, the MTR Academy (“the Academy”) was officially opened on the 10th November.
Chief Executive of HKSAR Mr C Y Leung, Deputy Minister of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in HKSAR Ms Qiu Hong, Secretary for Labour and Welfare Mr Matthew Cheung, Chairman of MTR Corporation Professor Frederick Ma, Chief Executive Officer of MTR Corporation Mr Lincoln Leong and President of MTR Academy Mr Morris Cheung officiated at
the opening ceremony at the Academy’s local campus in Hung Hom..
As a wholly owned subsidiary of MTR Corporation, the vision of the MTR Academy is to be a globally recognised railway management and engineering centre of excellence that offers high quality programmes for people in Hong Kong as well as the railway industry in the Mainland of China and overseas. By training railway talents and developing railway experts and executives, the Academy will support the Belt and Road Initiative and contribute to the advancement of service and operational excellence of the railway industry worldwide.
“We are extremely honoured to have received tremendous support from the government, the academic community and professional institutions to establish the MTR Academy. In setting up this Academy, we aim to meet three important objectives: First, we wish to leverage on MTR’s extensive railway experience and expertise to nurture the next generations of railway professionals; second, we want to share our knowledge with railway operators and authorities worldwide; and finally, we hope MTR Academy will become a world-class training hub for railway professionals from the Mainland of China, the Belt and Road region and around the world,” said Chairman of MTR Corporation Professor Frederick Ma.
“The Academy has an expert faculty comprised of members of the MTR Corporation who are leaders in railway management and operations in their professional fields. We will further build on this strong foundation by inviting renowned thought leaders and international railway experts and universities to collaborate with us to keep participants updated on the latest industry trends and share knowledge through a rail operator-oriented platform,” added Chief Executive Officer of MTR Corporation Mr Lincoln Leong.
The MTR Academy will offer railway executive and professional programmes which form the Centres of Excellences in Safety, Asset Management, Customer Service, System Engineering and Operations Training. It will seek collaboration opportunities with other institutions, and share and promote best practices in railway services.
Recruitment for the first programme, the Advanced Diploma in Railway Engineering, is underway. The programme has been successfully accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) and aims to provide students with the essential knowledge and practical skills in railway engineering to ensure high quality and reliable railway operations in today’s technology-driven environment. Apart from studying relevant theories, students can obtain practical training including through hands-on practical exercises and job attachments.
Ab Ovo provides planning software to Railink to support further growth of Eurasian rail freight.
By Ab Ovo.
With the co-operation between Railink International and Ab Ovo, Ab Ovo is to provide a highly professional container management system (including track and trace) to Railink as part of a standard railway system. Railink will digitalize the information and its container operations along One-Belt-One-Road destinations. Railink keeps improving service quality levels, in order to create a leading company in the international railway intermodal industry.
Railink sees the importance and continuous growth of container traffic along the One-Belt-One-Road countries, and recognizes the success of Ab Ovo’s experience in railway systems in Europe.
With the continuous growth of cargo demand along “One-Belt-One-Road” destinations, Railink provides the railway FCL and LCL services between China, Europe, Russia, Mongolia and Central Asia. Railink has its corporate headquarters in Shanghai, with 7 branch offices across the major cities in China. Railink establishes its service network in Western and Central China. And with the overseas network integration pending, Railink will provide endto-end international logistics services.
During a signing ceremony held in Shanghai on October 26th, Railink became the first Chinese customer of Ab Ovo. A new railway system, to be provided by Ab Ovo, will provide Railink the ability to digitalize its container operations and information along One-Belt-One-Road destinations.
Ab Ovo is an innovative business and software systems provider in the Logistics industry. Among its major products are: Optimization through Advanced Planning and Scheduling (APS) solutions and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) railway systems. Ab Ovo specializes in the operation platforms of railway systems in Europe. The company provides state of the art railway systems to DB Cargo (Germany), GreenCargo (Sweden)，B Logistics (Belgium) and VR Railway (Finland), amongst others, in Europe.
For further information of this co-operation, please send enquires to: email@example.com
Or visit the following websites: - www.railink.com.cn - www.ab-ovo.com
RM Selects Axinom To Build Digital Platform For The Sapsan High-Speed Train
FÜRTH, GERMANY – RM LLC, one of the leading Russian transport infotainment system providers has selected Axinom to build a new digital platform for the Russian Railways´ high speed train Sapsan. The platform will serve all Sapsan high-speed trains commuting between St. Petersburg and Moscow.
Serving the needs of 21st century passenger on-board of the train requires innovative on-board entertainment and infotainment systems. Unlike traditional closed on-board solutions, the new open digital platform will cover the full end-to-end media workflow including content management, digital rights management, synchronization and delivery services. Built on top of Axinom’s product portfolio, the new digital platform will embrace the full potential of railway industry-specific technologies empowering RM to provide a variety of on-board services for passengers and to improve operational efficiency of the train’s crew.
There are virtually no limits to the range of services that can be integrated on the digital platform built on Axinom. In the first step however, the feature set will include the full on-board entertainment services such as streaming of premium Hollywood Studio´s movies, magazines, and music, on board shopping, promotions and advertising. In addition, passenger information services will cover passenger surveys and crew messaging services.
Long Term Partnership
“Since December 2009, Sapsan successfully served more than 18 million passengers. This new on-board entertainment and infotainment service will extend the current service offering to passengers on business and personal trips between Moscow & St. Petersburg, ”explains Dmitry Krendelev, Director General of RM LLC. “We chose Axinom as our partner because of their long and proven experience in building railway targeted products for on-board entertainment and infotainment. Digital platform built on Axinom will enable new business models and improve operational performance on-board while allowing us to easily add innovative on-board services in the future.”
“It is my great pleasure to see that the new RM´s digital platform built on Axinom will empower Russian Railway´s first high-speed train. The robustness and reliability of this platform will allow the railway customers to increase revenues, reduce operational costs and significantly improve passenger satisfaction,” says Ralph Wagner, COO at Axinom. “Our collaboration with RM is a very important strategic step in our expansion to the global railway market. We look forward to extending our partnership with next project steps in the future.”
Digital railway platform built on Axinom
Digital platforms built on Axinom approach allow customers to cover the full end-to-end media workflow with a comprehensive set of core products for the usage scenarios in the cloud, on-premises, and offline:
- Axinom CMS is an extensible and fully customizable content management system designed to manage, prepare and deliver all kinds of digital content and services on-board of the train.
- Axinom DRM provides studio-grade content protection with is a highly scalable service supporting multiple DRM technologies behind a single unified API.
- Axinom CDS is a content delivery system which allows secure and robust bidirectional content synchronization using standardized communication protocols and mediums.
About RM LLC
RM LLC is fast growing company based in Russia engaged in a range of digital media projects. The company is a provider of “just turn key” solutions for rolling stock infotainment systems. The service coverage includes not only IT specific items but content as well. RM LLC has a contract with Russian Railways for serving the Sapsan high speed trains passengers effective until April 2019.
More information can be found at http://rm-tech.ru
About Sapsan High-Speed Train
The Sapsan is the first high-speed train in Russia connected by the regular service two Russian capitals: Moscow and St.Petersburg in december 2009. In August 2014 dual formation trains Sapsan had been launched between Moscow and St.Petersburg. The Sapsan became a symbol of everything new and progressive in the history of Russian transport. It changes not only the shape of the Russian railway transportation, but proves the Russian Railways’ new approach to the development using an advanced technology. Today, the high-speed trains Sapsan connects two Russian largest cities: Moscow & St. Petersburg with at least 22 daily runs and up to a total of 30 runs between these cities including additional runs.
More information can be found at www.russiantrains.com/en/page/sapsan-train
The GBS Group Selected to Deliver Passenger Wi-Fi for UTAH Transit Authority on FrontRunner Trains.
By GBS Group
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.
Communications network from Nokia supports safe and reliable operations on a newly expanded railway line in Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Nokia has provided an advanced communications network to support railway operations and passenger services for the extension of the light rail system in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia. The mission-critical railway network provides a range of services for the Kelana Jaya Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line Extension – including 13 new stations – which is used by 350,000 passengers daily.
he project was completed in conjunction with CMC Engineering Sdn Bhd, which was responsible for the construction of systems work packages of the line extension.
The mission-critical network provided by Nokia is now supporting high-speed voice, data and video traffic as well as delivering essential services to ensure safety and security on the line’s driverless trains, while providing essential passenger information and enabling more efficient maintenance and operations.
This project highlights Nokia’s growing business with customers outside of the traditional telecommunications market, who also have a need for ‘carrier-class’ networks to support their operations. Nokia has established a strong record of success in the railway industry in particular, providing mission-critical networks to more than 100 passenger and freight railway operators globally.
The data transmission network in Kuala Lumpur includes optical networking technology from Nokia. The company also provided systems integration services to enhance safety and security through remote diagnostics and automated functions; constant situation awareness with video surveillance; Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA); monitoring systems; telephone and radio communications services; automated fare collection (AFC); and public address and passenger information systems.
Hazwan Alif Abdul Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of CMC Engineering Sdn Bh, said: “As one of the National Key Results Areas (NKRA) under the Malaysian Government Transformation Program (GTP), the Kelana Jaya LRT Line Extension project is another important government initiative to deliver an effective and seamless public transportation system for the Greater Kuala Lumpur area. Together with our technology partner Nokia, the project testifies to CMCE's capability to maintain high quality standards and services for its stakeholders, partners and customers."
Stuart M. Hendry, head of Global Enterprise & Public Sector, Asia Pacific at Nokia, said: “Railway operations can benefit enormously from modern communications networks. The data transmission network deployed as part of the Kelana Jaya LRT Line Extension will support a wide variety of operational services, and provide a range of new services for passengers in Kuala Lumpur. Nokia has the experience and expertise to ensure both safe and comfortable journeys for railway operators and passengers worldwide.”
Nokia is a global leader in the technologies that connect people and things. Powered by the innovation of Nokia Bell Labs and Nokia Technologies, the company is at the forefront of creating and licensing the technologies that are increasingly at the heart of our connected lives.
With state-of-the-art software, hardware and services for any type of network, Nokia is uniquely positioned to help communication service providers, governments, and large enterprises deliver on the promise of 5G, the Cloud and the Internet of Things. http://nokia.com
RADWIN and MaximaTelecom Demonstrate 500 Mbps Throughput Onboard Moscow Metro Trains
RADWIN (www.radwin.com), the leading provider of train-to-ground wireless communications solutions, and MaximaTelecom - operator of the largest worldwide Wi-Fi network onboard Moscow Metro - today announced results of RADWIN’s recently-launched Next Generation Train-to-Ground solution. RADWIN’s new platform delivered 500 Mbps actual Ethernet throughput onboard Moscow Metro Line 11 (Kakhovskaya), setting a new benchmark in the industry.
The Wi-Fi network deployed by MaximaTelecom and RADWIN in the Moscow Metro system has been operational for almost 3 years, providing Internet access to up to 2.5 million commuters daily, who generate traffic of up to 70 TeraBytes each day. The Wi-Fi network spans over 650 trains along 660 km of tracks and tunnels. The constant growth in network traffic and the need to support multiple services and additional applications - such as HD streaming for passengers and CCTV onboard trains - necessitated a network upgrade. Using RADWIN’s Next Generation Train-to-Ground solution, MaximaTelecom was able to demonstrate up to 500 Mbps of net Ethernet throughput per train that will support a wide gamut of existing and future applications.
Mikhail Minkovskiy, MaximaTelecom CTO: “Moscow Metro is one of the largest and most complex underground communication networks in the world. Today, more than 80% of Moscow’s citizens are using Wi-Fi onboard the metro and receiving continuous high-speed service thanks to RADWIN’s high-performance robust solution. We have been working with RADWIN since the establishment of this massive network, and together we are pushing the boundaries of technology.”
Nir Hayzler, RADWIN’s VP, Head of Strategic Industries Line of Business: “Our new Train-to-Ground solution, which enables up to 500 Mbps user throughput, is based on 1Gbps air-rate capable technology, especially tailored to provide high, consistent performance in the challenging scenarios of fast moving trains and metros, above and underground."
FiberinMotion® Next Generation Train-to-Ground Solution Highlights:
» High capacity – 500Mbps net Ethernet throughput per base station or mobile unit
» Extensive coverage – up to 1 km underground / 5 Km above ground
» Supporting train speeds of up to 350 KMH/220MPH (to be extended to 500km/h)
» Seamless handover
» Multi-band radio operating in 4.9 to 6.0 GHz
» Compliant with strict railway standards including EN50155, EN61373, EN50121 and IEC 60571.
RADWIN is the leading provider of the FiberinMotion® train-to-ground solution designed for rail and metro operators which delivers wireless broadband in-motion. RADWIN’s FiberinMotion® train-to-ground solution provides 500 Mbps throughput and superior performance in non-line-of-sight and tunnel topologies, and powers a range of applications including high-speed WiFi, real-time CCTV, PIS and CBTC.
MaximaTelecom is a high tech company specializing in development and commercialization of Wi-Fi networks in public areas. Wireless Broadband Alliance, an international association of wireless communication operators, recognized the “Wi-Fi in the Moscow Metro” project as the world's best implementation of Wi-Fi technology in an urban environment in 2015.
LILEE Systems Announces Breakthrough Fog Computing Gateways and Cloud Network Solution for Distributed, Mobile, and Industrial Enterprise Environments.
By LILEE SYSTEMS
LILEE Systems provider of advanced mobile connectivity solutions and emerging innovator in cloud-based network solutions, announced today its new platform for mobile and fixed distributed enterprises, such as bus fleets and retail franchises, which includes multiple first-to-market capabilities. LILEE’s TransAir™ STS series gateways and T-Cloud platform enable organizations to more rapidly and reliably network, track, control and interact with their mobile and fixed assets to improve operations and reduce costs.
LILEE STS gateways offer multiple wired and wireless connectivity options and are installed in distributed assets, such as a bus or retail store. They include an onboard application engine that enables enterprise applications to run in a fog-computing architecture; i.e., integrating on-site and in-cloud computing. LILEE T-Cloud is a cloud-based solution that provides network management, autoprovisioning and the ability for third-party software providers to integrate with STS gateways. Connection to T-Cloud, via LTE-A, Wi-Fi or Ethernet, allows operators continuous remote access to IoT data, analytics, and the ability to perform critical asset management functions including zero-touch on-board application upgrades and configuration.
In an example use case for a corporate shuttle fleet, the STS gateway can support intelligent, coordinated incident response. If there is a situation onboard, the driver can press an alert button to notify the district office via a tablet connected through Wi-Fi or a physical button on the vehicle connected through the digital I/O. An application running on the onboard processor can then activate a network video recorder (NVR) connected to the application engine to stream IP camera data via LTE-A broadband to the district dispatcher for assessment. If the local police department is dispatched, the GPS on the STS provides location data for responders.
“A new generation of intelligent connectivity, provisioning, and management solutions are needed to drive adoption of IoT into a wider range of markets, such as first responders, retail, and smart cities,” said Vikrant Gandhi, industry director of Information & Communication Technologies (ICT) at Frost & Sullivan. “For distributed enterprises to take maximum advantage of IoT, it is critical to have in place highly reliable, high-bandwidth mobile connectivity in a dramatically smaller form factor, combined with the flexibility to perform diagnostics and analytics anywhere decision makers want – such as on-site or at a central location. LILEE’s new STS Series of fog computing gateways achieve this goal and set a new standard for value in the distributed enterprise.”
STS and T-Cloud Offer Multiple First-to-Market Capabilities
LILEE’s TransAir STS series gateways and T-Cloud platform offer several first-to-market innovations. Among these:
STS is the only router in the world intelligent enough to inform downstream LAN applications when the upstream link is down and the LAN applications should pause.
STS includes the only application server to support both Linux and Windows applications.
STS is the first to incorporate dual Wi-Fi 802.11ac wireless functionality both upstream and downstream.
STS is the first to provide two dual LTE-Advanced radios.
STS and T-Cloud are the first to offer cloud-based provisioning for both SD-WAN and applications, enables direct from factory delivery of solution-specific hardware.
- STS is the first to combine the support needed for a video solution onto a single device: Power-over-Ethernet ports for IP cameras, onboard application engine for NVR software, sensors for intelligent video tagging, and upstream Wi-Fi for fast and cost-effective uploading.
More about TransAir STS Gateways and the T-Cloud Platform
LILEE’s TransAir STS series gateways consolidate broadband connectivity and routing, switching, application server, M2M connectivity, and IoT sensors in a compact, rugged form. STS and T-Cloud enable organizations to act much more rapidly and effectively on IoT generated data and analytics to improve operations and reduce costs. IT teams and systems integrators can quickly deploy solution templates to STS using T-Cloud, and continually update the mix of application software in the field as customer needs change.
LILEE has adopted an open, standards-based design allowing flexible, extensible use of the STS series gateway. The application engine supports Windows, Linux, and Android, enabling IT departments to run a wide range of enterprise applications of their choosing. LILEE’s T-Cloud uniquely enables enterprises to deploy those applications to its gateway platforms on first connection and start up. Zero-touch autoprovisioning of core enterprise applications on a gateway consolidates equipment and allows for rapid start-up of distributed nodes, such as adding new vehicles to a commercial fleet or launching new retail stores for a franchise. It provides industry standard cloud-to-gateway capabilities, matching other cloud-based network providers’ ability to autoconfigure and autoprovision remote network nodes. Bringing STS gateways and T-Cloud together serves as a means by which to improve connectivity, protect corporate assets, streamline network management, and reduce operational costs – a groundbreaking capability for distributed enterprises.
“For many distributed enterprises, from transportation and commercial fleets to retailers to remote networked equipment, IT departments struggle to manage a network that connects hundreds of locations one node at a time,” said John Marshall, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing at LILEE Systems. “Many enterprise IT departments do not have the resources to support remote sites or mobile fleets. LILEE’s solution represents a breakthrough and step forward in connectivity for the proliferating number of manned and M2M nodes across distributed enterprises.”
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New Trade Association - The Government Wireless Technology and Communications Association
By the GWTCA.
Focusing on Public Service, Transit and other Government Agencies qualified and well-known team of government and industry leaders have formed a new trade association, the “Government Wireless Technology & Communications Association” (GWTCA).
The primary mission of this non-profit 501 (c) corporation is advocacy on issues important to “Public Service” and “Public Transit” government agencies. “We monitor, advise and advocate policies important to our members and work within the wireless technology and communications communities to support and encourage adoption by regulatory bodies,” says Chris Lougee, GWTCA President. A primary GWTCA goal is to ensure access to spectrum for all wireless technologies, in all bands and modes of operation, while balancing the needs of the Public Transit/Public Service community with those of Public Safety and the Business/Industrial communities. “We didn’t want to duplicate the good work being done by Public Safety and Business/Industrial trade associations. We will focus on the Public Service/Public Transit community, their voice and champion,” Lougee added.
Lougee goes on to say “GWTCA has a world-class leadership team with a wide range of extensive experience and knowledge of legacy and emerging technologies. With a deep understanding of government user applications, they are well equipped to guide GWTCA and represent our members.”
Andy Seybold, Vice President of GWTCA is the CEO of Andrew Seybold, Inc. a technical consultant to FirstNet. He states “These government agencies have unique needs for wireless technology and communications. Their operations are different than Public Safety agencies. More than Land Mobile Radio (LMR), they want new emerging technologies. Their unique needs will be met by GWTCA expertise in these technologies and our focus on these users.”
Michael M. Marusich, Secretary of GWTCA is with the State of Washington (WaTech). He is also Chair of the Washington State SIEC Advisory Workgroup (SAW) and the Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) alternate. In his view, “Existing trade associations are effective ‘champions’ for either First Responders or Commercial Users because they focus on their needs. GWTCA will focus on the wireless user needs of Public Transit and other Public Service agencies. We will be their voice and develop solutions for their unique needs.”
Andrew Maxymillian, Board of Directors member is the Principal Consultant of Blue Wing Services, an engineering and project management consulting firm. “LMR is with us for a long time. We will assist our members to support, enhance and modernize their systems. At the same time, they want new emerging technologies like Long Term Evolution (LTE), vehicle to “X” communications, internet of things (IoT), wearables, dedicated short-range communications (DSRC), ‘Smart Cities’ technologies, FirstNet interoperability, high-speed rail (HSR) communications, transit wireless systems, and new applications on the 4.9 GHz Spectrum. GWTCA has the experience and expertise on both legacy and emerging wireless technology to support our members and the advancement of these new technologies” according to Maxymillian.
Dr. William “Vic” Maconachy, Board of Directors member is Vice President for Academic Affairs/Chief Academic Officer at Capitol Technology University, Laurel, MD. “Education is another important role for GWTCA.” An acknowledged expert in the field of technical learning, Dr. Maconachy goes on to say “We will educate all interested parties about the benefits of emerging technologies, their need for access to wireless spectrum and interaction with the competing pressures for that spectrum.”
Randy Brooks, Motorola Solutions, Inc., Board of Directors member says “GWTCA will promote the advancement of wireless technology and communications as an effective means for Public Transit, Public Service and other agencies to complete their missions.”
Denis Marin, another GWTCA board member, has many years of experience reaching out to industry associations, organizations and government jurisdictions. “GWTCA will collaborate with all stakeholders, including government agencies, non-government agencies, vendors and trade associations, to enable the smooth integration of legacy and emerging wireless technologies,” Marin says.
Dr. Curtis KS Levinson, Board of Directors member is the principal of Levinson & Daughters, LLC and an innovative and proven cyber executive and technologist. With over 25 years of focused and successful experience in Cyber Security/Defense, Levinson points out “Cyber Security is critical to the success of the emerging wireless technologies these agencies aim to deploy.”
Lougee concludes, “We will reach out and encourage all wireless technology and communications stakeholders to join GWTCA and help us accomplish this good work.” If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Chris Lougee at 707-266-1061 or email at email@example.com or our website www.gwtca.org
HUBER+SUHNER and Bombardier Transportation sign five-year partnership agreement.
After more than 20 years of successful collaboration, Bombardier Transportation has named HUBER+SUHNER as A-supplier for its cable requirements. Bombardier intends to equip existing and new rolling stock throughout the world predominantly with RADOX® EN and GKW cables. In the future, the majority of cables in trains and metro carriages manufactured by Bombardier will be based on HUBER+SUHNER connectivity solutions.
Bombardier Transportation and HUBER+SUHNER signed a five-year agreement. As a result, HUBER+SUHNER will become the preferred cable supplier of the railway technology leader. In the future, the majority of Bombardier's cable orders for global production are to be awarded to HUBER+SUHNER.
The agreement represents a further milestone in the good collaboration between the two companies and guarantees the leading market position of HUBER+SUHNER over the coming five years.
Ahead of international competition
Aiming to standardise products in order to reduce costs, risks and time to market, Bombardier is seeking to limit the number of suppliers. In an international selection procedure, HUBER+SUHNER won the contract as preferred global cable supplier. HUBER+SUHNER provided the best overall package – innovative and high-performance products on competitive terms, an ambitious growth plan and a high level of commitment. This frame agreement is an important achievement for the success of both companies.
Planning security and growth potential
The two companies signed their first long-term supply contract in 2009.
"The new agreement confirms our market position as a leading international cable provider for railway technology," explains Patrick Riederer, Head of the Low Frequency division at HUBER+SUHNER. “Bombardier Transportation will install HUBER+SUHNER cables in the majority of new types of rolling stock and also use them in existing fleets."
To date, more than 20 Bombardier train types are equipped as standard with power, control and databus cables from HUBER+SUHNER, including the MOVIA metros for Delhi, the INNOVIA Monorail for São Paulo and the TWINDEXX Swiss Express operated by SBB. Supplies to Europe are made from the cable plant in Switzerland. Bombardier's Asian projects are served by HUBER+SUHNER’s Chinese production facilities.
LILEE Systems Named 179th on Inc. 500 List for 2016; Growth to Continue in 2017 with New IoT Products, Partnerships, and Global Expansion.
By LILEE Systems.
Acccelerating into 2017, Continued Growth Expected from New IoT Platform in Autumn, Cisco Partnership in IoT, Solutions Partnerships Program for Vertical IoT Offerings, and Geographic Expansion in Asia.
LILEE Systems, a provider of advanced wireless communication solutions in industrial IoT, announced today that Inc. magazine has listed the company as number 179 on its annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. The company has generated more than 2,000 percent revenue growth during the last three years, and is ranked second among the top telecommunications companies in the Inc. 5000.
LILEE’s focus on the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) builds on the company’s leadership in mobile connectivity technology. LILEE’s high-reliability connectivity and mobile gateway platforms enable remote devices to realize the full potential of LILEE’s T-Cloud services and third-party cloud service offerings. Reliability of the broadband link for data aggregation or diversity is essential to meeting customer expectations and service level commitments. LILEE provides best-in-class reliability through integration of the latest Wi-Fi, LTE and LTE Advanced, broadband mesh network, and emerging connectivity protocols.
Recognized for its best-in-class solutions, leading IoT, networking, and system integrators have partnered with LILEE. Among these, Cisco’s IOT Business Unit recently began offering LILEE platforms. LILEE’s partnership with Cisco enables Cisco VARs and systems integrators to buy LILEE products through Cisco and seamlessly integrate them into a Cisco environment. Looking beyond basic connectivity from low-end competitors such as Cradlepoint, LILEE is offering more robust solutions to its partners. LILEE’s partnership expansion program that commenced in 2015 has led to 10 new channel partnerships since January, with additional partnerships anticipated through 2017. To contact LILEE about partnership, visit LILEE Systems. LILEE is partnering with industry leaders in retail, manufacturing, transportation, first responders, K-12 education, smart cities, and commercial fleet management.
“Our customers and partners depend on our innovative, high-quality, and high-reliability solutions,” said Jia-Ru Li, Founder and CEO, LILEE Systems. “Our Inc. 500 listing is the result of our expanded product offerings and strong sales to some of the largest enterprises in North America. In just three years’ time, LILEE has gone from delivery of its first product to enabling customers to manage over $60B of assets with our network equipment, software, and services. As we bring our expertise into new market segments and regions, we are focused on creating new business and capturing more market share. LILEE recently announced sales expansion in Europe and Asia. The company has already begun multiple projects in these regions, with significant announcements anticipated in Q4.”
To continue its growth, LILEE is accelerating development of new hardware and software products, with its next major platform announcement set for September. In June, LILEE announced its T-Cloud based software offerings: the enterprise Systems Management Suite and the virtual LILEE Mobilit Controller (vLMC).
"The Inc. 5000 list stands out where it really counts,” said Inc. President and Editor-in-Chief, Eric Schurenberg. “It honors real achievement by a founder or a team of them. No one makes the Inc. 5000 without building something great – usually from scratch. That’s one of the hardest things to do in business, as every company founder knows. But without it, free enterprise fails.”
To schedule an in-person meeting with LILEE for demos of its latest products, please contact LILEE Systems. For more information about LILEE Systems or its IoT hardware and software solutions, visit lileesystems.com.
Worldline Mobile Ticketing Service, the next generation of on board ticketing, rolls out with Virgin Trains.
Worldline European leader in payment and transactional services, has become the first supplier to roll out the next generation of fully industry accredited on board ticketing systems in partnership with Virgin Trains for the UK rail industry.
Worldline [Euronext: WLN], the European leader in payment and transactional services, has become the first supplier to roll out the next generation of fully industry accredited on board ticketing systems in partnership with Virgin Trains for the UK rail industry.
Built on a solid foundation, the new system is being used by Virgin Trains on the west coast to provide a faster, lighter and easier to use Android application that can work on any Android powered device. Worldline Mobile Ticketing Service brings the following added benefits:
- Fast timetable searches, even when offline
- Designed for use on Android
- Ability to take payments both online and offline
- Increased payment options including Contactless payment cards, using a P2PE accredited payments solution
- Receipt Roll and Orange Ticket printing options
- Centrally hosted Back Office Console for configuration and management of device estate using a web browser
Lisa Coleman, UK&I CEO Worldline, said: "We're delighted to have reached this significant milestone having worked closely with Virgin Trains to ensure that we are delivering a product that truly benefits the Virgin Trains business and their passengers."
"At Worldline we are proud to have lead UK rail industry ticketing innovation for over four decades; our new solution replaces our current solution which has served the industry for 16 years providing payment services for more than £4 billion of rail ticket revenue."
"Our new solution is an Android app that can be installed on any Android mobile device with payment being accepted on and offline as well as through contactless. We have used our experience and well established design principles to deliver a smoother, faster and more intuitive ticket issuing and information tool, providing a great user experience to Train Managers and their customers."
Commenting on the partnership John Sullivan, CIO, at Virgin Trains said: "At Virgin Trains we love the use of new technology when it is of benefit to both our colleagues and our customers. Using a modern tablet device rather than the old and clunky ticket machine we will be able to serve tickets faster and more reliably in our trains."
"We will also be using this new technology in our stations to serve customers which will improve the flow from getting from the station to the train. Another example of modern technology providing greater 'chance and convenience' to our customers and our colleagues."
LILEE Systems and WeDriveU Team Up to Improve Productivity for Corporate Commuters with Superior Onboard Wi-Fi
By LILEE Systems
13 Percent Productivity Gains Achieved in Client Program
LILEE Systems, the leading provider of advanced industrial IoT and wireless communication solutions and services for the transportation industry, announced today that WeDriveU, the leader in corporate transportation solutions, has integrated LILEE Systems’ passenger Wi-Fi solution within its Commute Alternatives offering.
WeDriveU is the first corporate transportation provider to take advantage of LILEE’s rail-proven, high-end connectivity solution for connected commuters.
WeDriveU’s complete managed solutions move 5.5 million passengers annually, helping employers improve productivity, attract and retain talent, ease parking constraints, improve access to public transit and boost sustainability. On the latest WeDriveU client program, LILEE found that nearly every passenger had taken advantage of the high-speed Wi-Fi to connect to the corporate VPN while on board, resulting in approximately 13% more employee productivity based on their ability to work while connected to their office during their commute.
“Superior connectivity is integral to offering the best commute experience for passengers and for us to deliver the greatest amount of value to our clients,” said Erick VanWagenen, Executive Vice President at WeDriveU, Inc. “We’re thrilled to team with LILEE and see the real world results they deliver.”
WeDriveU selected LILEE hardware, software, and support services based on providing the highest reliability high-bandwidth connection. LILEE also provides comprehensive operational reporting to give insights into passenger behavior, capacity, and operations. WeDriveU can also use LILEE’s modular platform for safety systems, onboard diagnostics, and other information services.
“Our transportation customers depend on reliable technologies and responsive customer service, WeDriveU has demonstrated its market leadership and eagerness to provide superior service to its corporate clients by adopting LILEE’s high-quality, high-reliability solution,” said John Marshall, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, LILEE Systems. “We are rapidly developing and delivering wireless connectivity solutions that will continue resulting in approximately 13% more employee productivity based on their ability to work while connected to their office during their commute.
Always-On, Reliable On-Board Wi-Fi Connectivity
On-board, always-on Wi-Fi connectivity is provided by LILEE’s service, which consists of a modular gateway, a sophisticated virtual back-end, live help desk, and support services. The primary platform is the LMS-2450-ME-100 Gateway, equipped with eight 4G-LTE radios, connected to the cloud-based virtual LILEE Mobility Controller (vLMC). LILEE’s dynamic weighted load balancing algorithm efficiently aggregates the capacities of each radio into one virtual communications channel.
LILEE provides high-quality and high-reliability on both ends of the Wi-Fi connection; on-board Wi-Fi to passenger devices and the mobile data connection to the Internet. LILEE optimizes the mobile connection across multiple service providers, increasing both reliability and quality. LILEE also provides robust management tools for bandwidth demands, optimization for different applications, and VPN support.
For corporate passenger bus fleets, high-quality, high-reliability, always-on connectivity is a prerequisite for overall customer satisfaction, and a true competitive advantage.
For more information about LILEE Systems or its hardware and software solutions, visit lileesystems.com
LILEE’s solution will be displayed in WeDriveU’s booth (#16) at the 2016 Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) Conference July 31 - August 3 in Portland, OR.
Quester Tangent Signs a Major Deal with China Rail
By Quester Tangent.
Quester Tangent is pleased to confirm the signing of a major contract with China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC) Limited to deliver Train Monitoring and Diagnostic Systems, Networks and Engineering Services for Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA) new 7000 Series rail vehicles.
In April 2016, CRRC was awarded the $1.3B contract to deliver 846 new subway cars to CTA. “This is a great example of a global giant partnering with a regional expert to deliver cutting edge rail technology in North America,” said Bill Collins, vice-president and chief operating Officer at Quester Tangent.
In the past five years, Quester Tangent has worked hard to become a qualified vendor for CTA, North America's second largest public transportation system. In addition, CRRC is a new customer for Quester Tangent. “We are honoured to be part of the China Rail team. This agreement will strengthen our position as a strategic supplier and will allow us to build a long-term partnership to support Chicago’s mass transit,” stated Stephen McKay, president and CEO at Quester Tangent.
The Canadian company’s client list already includes major transit authorities like New York City Transit Authority (MTA), Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).
The Train Monitoring and Diagnostic Systems destined for CTA’s 7000 Series fleet of passenger rail vehicles will be designed and tested at Quester Tangent’s Central Saanich facility in British Columbia. “To meet the Buy America requirements for this project, we will be heavily tapping into our US supply chain and in particular our Disadvantaged Business Enterprise partners,” added McKay. “This contract will create more than 30 man-years of employment,” he concluded.
The first production units are expected to be off the assembly line in early 2018.
Expedia brings rail travel to UK customers this autumn.
Announces support from ATOC and RDG to provide booking options on Britain’s national rail network
The Expedia Group (NASDAQ: EXPE) today provided an update that its rail offering will be available on the Expedia.co.uk site this autumn. In partnership with SilverRail and supported by the Association of Train Operating Companies and the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), Expedia customers will soon be able to also purchase rail travel throughout Britain alongside the travel options already on offer.
The availability of rail on Expedia.co.uk will mark the first time a global, full-service online travel agency has offered a rail component in addition to other travel products such as air, hotel, car rental, activities and packages.
“Rail presents an extraordinary opportunity for the business in attracting new customers, growing the frequency of site visits, and offering a new transportation option with existing travel purchases. Adding rail will allow travellers to create new types of package holidays, such as combining train travel with a hotel stay, a car hire, or other things to do at their destination,” said Greg Schulze, senior vice president, Commercial Strategy and Services at the Expedia group. “We’ve learned quickly that adding rail to our business is not as easy as copy-pasting our existing booking models. Rail is a unique platform and our partners have been great in ensuring a seamless entrance into the market and delivering high customer value as well.”
Kathryn Cooper-Fay, RDG Head of Customer Journey, said, “We want to benefit rail operators and their customers while expanding access to the railway, and offering National Rail products on Expedia through its partnership with SilverRail does just that. We’re pleased to support such a strong partnership and we know that Expedia will work diligently to deliver the level of service our customers expect of rail travel retailers.”
Phocuswright’s 2016 data indicates rail is a $130 billion market opportunity. The global research company also notes rail as the fastest growing sector in travel, thanks in part to recent growth from private and government investment, technology advancements, and convenient access and destinations for travellers.
Customers visiting the Expedia.co.uk site will be the first to be able to book rail travel this autumn. The company has plans to expand to other countries and rail providers in the future.
LILEE Systems Announces Cloud-based Systems Management Solution, Launches New Mobile Connectivity Products for Rail
New Solutions Facilitate Infrastructure Management, and Reduce Costs and Project Risks; LILEE to Demonstrate at RSSI
By LILEE Systems
LILEE Systems he leading provider of advanced wireless communication products, solutions, and services for the transportation industry, today announced the availability its Systems Management Suite in the cloud and two new products within its mobile connectivity software and hardware portfolio — the TransAir™ Gigabit Ethernet Switch with Power over Ethernet (PoE) Smart Module and the virtual LILEE Mobility Controller (vLMC).
“Railroad operators of all sizes face significant challenges as they deploy positive train control (PTC). LILEE’s hosted systems management offerings provide railroads with access to proven technologies that ensure timely project delivery, comply with industry standards for interoperability, and reduce operational costs,” said Jessica Sweeney, senior director of market & product strategy, LILEE Systems. “The availability of the PoE Smart Module and virtual LMC will help railroad operators take maximum advantage of IoT capabilities to streamline operations and offer new passenger services.”
To schedule a meeting with LILEE at the RSSI 56th Annual C&S Exhibition, June 28-30, to be held at the Gaylord Texan Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas, visit lileesystems.com/rssi/.
Systems Management Suite Moving to the Cloud
LILEE’s cloud-hosted Systems Management Suite provides commuter and freight railroads with access to the same proven technology and experience LILEE has delivered to Class I railroads since 2009. Recently adopted by a fourth Class I railroad, the Systems Management Suite, is the industry-leading solution for comprehensive device and systems management.
Additionally, the cloud-hosted solution provides the capabilities necessary to manage wayside, locomotive, base station, and back office assets, including wayside interface units, 220 MHz radios, and train management computers. LILEE Systems Management Suite interoperates with LILEE’s Communications Management Unit (CMU) family of products for ACSES PTC deployments; the WMS-2000 Wayside Messaging Server, DTS-2000 Dynamic Telematic Server, and LMS-2450 LILEE Messaging Server communication gateway. Third-party devices can be integrated into the suite using LILEE’s software management agents.
When coupled with the LILEE Zero Configuration Client (ZCC) software, LILEE provides an automatic method to install site-specific software and management agents in the wayside and locomotive messaging servers via USB or IP access. This allows the railroad to provision the PTC system with the necessary software components for messaging and interoperability through a repeatable and proven process that eliminates the possibility of misconfiguration of devices by personnel in the field.
Designed on a modular framework, the solution can be hosted on commercially available platforms already in use by a railroad. The LILEE Systems Management Suite provides interfaces to other network management systems and databases, enabling IT departments to use standard tools for its integration. Both the Systems Management Suite and ZCC conform to industry and ITC specifications for functionality, interoperability, and security.
New Hardware: TransAir™ Gigabit Ethernet Switch with Power over Ethernet Smart Module
LILEE’s Gigabit Ethernet Switch with PoE simplifies the deployment of devices with power requirements, such as surveillance cameras and wireless access points. It provides modular extensibility to LILEE’s LMS-2450 messaging server, which is used in railroad communications and control. The switch provides rail-certified high-speed switching and routing of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications for mobile computing and industrial connectivity.
The new PoE Switch joins LILEE’s catalog of Smart Modules and Interface Cards designed to flexibly extend the capabilities of the modular LMS and DTS systems. The LMS supports up to four Smart Modules or ten Interface Cards; the DTS supports two modular slots for Interface Cards. LILEE Smart Modules and Interface Cards offer rail operators a wide range of capabilities for wireless communication and edge processing, including an application engine with kernel-based virtual machine, a Gigabit Ethernet switch, LTE 4G cellular for USA and global, LTE 4G cellular with GPS for USA and global, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and high precision GPS.
New Software: Virtual LILEE Mobility Controller
LILEE’s vLMC provides ubiquitous, secure, and reliable connectivity between high value remote mobile or fixed assets and the back office. The vLMC is an alternative to the LILEE Systems LMC-5500 appliance for network managers who prefer to have the software solution hosted in the cloud or on their own data center hardware.
The first virtualized controller in LILEE’s industrial IoT portfolio, the vLMC is helping LILEE continue the migration of its software solutions for transportation to the cloud. The vLMC manages communications with remote devices, such as the LMS and DTS systems for both passenger and M2M wireless connectivity applications.
Several fundamental capabilities are addressed by the vLMC including agnostic mobility support across diverse network topologies; aggregation of asymmetric links such as LTE, Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet; and secure layer 2 tunneling to carry user traffic between mobile remote platforms and applications.
Thameslink Programme inspires development of new portable unattended active GSM-R and ETCS test systems.
By Comtest Wireless.
Comtest Wireless, independent experts in the field of GSM-R and ERTMS network test and monitoring solutions announce the development of a new range of unattended active testing solutions, that can be easily installed on test or passenger trains.
Since the announcement of the first ETCS-controlled test trains running as part of the the Thameslink Programme, Comtest Wireless has received enquiries and is delivering solutions for other organisations who also want to test ERTMS and GSM-R networks using compact unattended systems.
The new NetProbe Portable range will enable rail and signalling operators to extensively measure the GSM-R and ERTMS networks for voice and data quality by setting up and running automatic tests.
The solutions will be available as a carry-on trolleys and backpacks, which can be used on board test trains, passenger trains or secured trackside, such as on a platform. These new range of solutions are battery powered and can collect a great deal of data before needing to be re-charged.
Carlo Ughetti at Comtest Wireless says “these new NetProbe solutions will provide engineers with the ability to test any type of cab radio or mobile device using carry-on equipment that is easy to set up to operate automatically. The solutions will also be able to integrate with the NetAnalyser state-of-the-art software, to provide a rich and powerful data analytics experience”.
Neil Dayment, Project Manager at Siemens Mobile Communications, adds “the Comtest Wireless solution has enabled us to validate our GSM-R coverage design for the Thameslink Programme.The flexibility of the solution allowed us to board service trains without disruption or the need to schedule specific test trains following the commissioning of GSM-R Base Stations.
In addition to the GSM-R coverage design work, Siemens is building the new trains for the Thameslink route (which will be maintained at two newly constructed depots Three Bridges in Sussex and Hornsey in north London), re-signalling London Bridge and approaches and implementing innovative ETCS (European Train Control System) signalling which requires uplift of the existing GSM-R network”.
Organisations looking to learn more about NetProbe Portable or how they can install GSM-R and ERTMS test and monitoring solutions should contact Comtest Wireless at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nomad Digital delivers world-first live broadcast TV to enhance ÖBB passenger experience.
By Nomad Digital.
Nomad Digital, the world’s leading provider of wireless connectivity and ICT solutions to the rail industry, has successfully partnered with ÖBB (the primary Austrian rail operator) to deliver a fleet-wide passenger WiFi upgrade and a comprehensive passenger portal with multi-media services on 51 ÖBB Railjets. Also, ÖBB will offer a world-first terrestrially-delivered live broadcast TV solution in two Railjets.
Building on a strategic 10-year partnership with ÖBB, Nomad has designed, integrated and deployed multiple on-board connected passenger services, which have been rolled out across ÖBB’s Railjet fleet of 420 Siemens train carriages, which serve Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
The stand-out feature amongst a host of fully-integrated enhanced passenger solutions, is Nomad and ÖBB’s world-first “live” terrestrial broadcast TV solution over IP for the rail market - an innovative partnership with ORF - Austria’s primary broadcaster – who provide the content. The launch of the on-board live broadcast TV ties in with UEFA’s Euro 2016 kick off, allowing passengers to keep in touch with the latest scores by watching the games live in two selected trains.
As part of a suite of enhanced technology solutions, Nomad is also launching its next generation 3500P platform across ÖBB’s Railjet fleet, to enable a fully upgraded connectivity service and integrated media server. This 3500P upgrade provides the very latest in integrated passenger connectivity solutions through faster router technology, upgraded access points and new-generation modems, offering a scalable, future-proofed solution and operational application hosting environment.
In addition, Nomad’s connectivity solution supports the launch of ÖBB’s integrated passenger portal, which delivers a full media and infotainment platform with rich content (including live TV in two trains) and a Passenger Information System (PIS) which provides passengers with fully synchronised and integrated real-time journey and service information. The level and quality of passenger information provision marks a step change in PIS service delivery and builds on ÖBB’s commitment to continually improve their passengers’ experience.
As part of the strategic partnership with ÖBB, Nomad has created a long-term fixed presence in Austria, with a dedicated technical and customer management team based in Vienna. In addition to this, both Nomad and ÖBB are planning to launch a dedicated passenger experience hub, with the objective of developing and delivering innovative applications which will enhance both the passenger and operational experience.
Andrew Taylor, Nomad Digital CEO, said “Building a local presence in Vienna is part of Nomad’s strategy to provide both centralised and local support to OBB, while establishing a strong presence across the DACH region to support our current and future customers.
“Improving the passenger experience is a fundamental objective in the work that we do with our customers, and in collaboration with OBB, we are delighted to be delivering the most innovative high-speed connectivity and passenger services in the industry to date. Delivering live on-board broadcast TV is a real game changer in our industry, and also coincides with the launch of a major international sporting event.”
Five U.S. Class I Railroads Implement Connected Transportation Solutions from LILEE Systems
By LILEE SYSTEMS
SAN JOSE, Calif. – May 23, 2016 ‒ LILEE Systems, the leading provider of advanced wireless communication products, solutions, and services for the transportation industry, today announced that its systems have been adopted by five of seven U.S. Class I railroads. LILEE Systems has added at least one new Class I railroad to its customer base annually over the past three years, contributing to LILEE’s Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 252 percent since 2011 and a 71 percent growth in sales for 2015 over 2014.
“Our Class I rail customers depend on reliable technologies and responsive customer service,” said Jia-Ru Li, founder and CEO, LILEE Systems. “We are proud to be supporting our customers deploying the next phase of safety and communications technologies based on the emerging Industrial Internet of Things.”
For railroads, always-on connectivity is a prerequisite for modern safety operations. LILEE’s innovative rail offerings address two key areas:
M2M Network Communication Solutions
LILEE’s machine-to-machine (M2M) communications hardware and software connects thousands of signaling and communications components, including trackside, onboard, and back office. LILEE’s system continuously communicates critical information for Positive Train Control (PTC) across wireless and wired networks.
System Management Solutions
LILEE’s systems management software enables railroads to remotely monitor, control, and perform diagnostics to communications equipment – without the physical presence of a field operations crew, significantly reducing operational costs and improving performance.
For more information about LILEE Systems or our hardware and software solutions for railroads, visit lileesystems.com.
About LILEE Systems:
LILEE Systems delivers integrated, open, and reliable industrial IoT wireless connectivity solutions incorporating hardware, software, and services for fleet management, telematics, cargo services, and safety. LILEE’s T-Cloud is a unified, virtualized platform to support asset management and analytics for sensors and field communications across multiple vertical markets. LILEE is headquartered in Silicon Valley, with offices in Taipei and Amsterdam.
Frost & Sullivan Awards Proxim Wireless Corporation for its Tsunami® Multipoint 820 Series Base Station Units That Deliver Excellent Price-Performance Value.
The product’s unmatched quality, reliability, and design make it well-suited for even the toughest urban and outdoor environments.
Proxim Wireless Corporation (OTC Markets: PRXM), a pioneer and global leader in advanced Wi-Fi, point-to-point (PtP), and point-to-multipoint (PtMP) radio systems, today announced that it has been awarded the 2015 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation. Based on its recent analysis of the wireless base station market, Frost & Sullivan recognized Proxim Wireless’ Tsunami® Multipoint 820 series base station product with this award.
Proxim Wireless’ Tsunami Multipoint 820 series base station units are designed to meet customers’ needs at a lower cost than competing devices. Due to the two-board architecture that separates the radio and processor of the Tsunami 820 series base station units, the company’s scientists have managed to take advantage of cutting-edge radio and processing components. This has enabled the product to deliver the same performance as its previous-generation Tsunami® 8200 wireless base station units at a lower cost.
To ensure unfaltering performance, scientists at Proxim Wireless use global, license-free frequency bands that provide the Tsunami 820 series base station units with highly reliable wireless broadband. In addition, they have enabled the synchronization of the wireless base station unit’s internal clock with a pulse-per-second signal that the device can receive from a Global Positioning System module that can be connected to its RJ11 serial port or by the base station’s RJ45 Ethernet port.
“Furthermore, Proxim Wireless’ engineers have ensured that the Tsunami Multipoint 820 series has a compact form factor and made it mountable on a pole, next to a video camera, to provide citizen protection in metropolitan areas,” said Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Mike Valenti. “The packaged version of the product measures only 300x275x135 millimeters and weighs 3.6 kilograms.”
Despite its small form factor, the Tsunami 820 series base station units boast an array of built-in features and functions. The product comprises of a 2x2 multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO), high-power radio that is capable of 26 dBm transmission power and is available with either a 15 dBi integrated antenna or N-Type connectors. These features combine to give the device non-line-of-sight capability aboard transit buses and enable it to operate in other visually challenging environments. Moreover, if desired, end users can upgrade the 50 megabyte-per-second (Mbps) data transmission rate of the device to a 100 megabits-per-second license or 100 Mbps of throughput.
“End users can install the Tsunami 820 series base station units in the toughest urban and outdoor environments,” noted Valenti. “The product can function in temperatures ranging from -40 to +131 Fahrenheit, humidity up to 100 percent, and winds of 112 miles per hour. The product is also dust- and waterproof with an Ingress Protection rating of 67.”
With Tsunami 820 series base station units, end users’ dilemma over whether to purchase low-cost, compact wireless base stations with few features, or invest in expensive yet robust base stations, has become a thing of the past. Enterprises and governments considering the installation of smaller wireless networks can now make purchasing decisions with ease.
“We are gratified by this prestigious recognition by Frost & Sullivan of the thought and effort we put into developing our Tsunami Multipoint 820 series base station products,” stated Greg Marzullo, President and CEO, Proxim Wireless. “The 820 was designed to meet the stringent requirements of the wireless surveillance and Intelligent Transport infrastructure markets. Street-level deployments and challenging line-of-sight are typical of these markets, and high reliability and performance are a must. The compact size of the unit allows for low-profile implementations often desired in municipal and other deployments.”
Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has developed an innovative element in a product by leveraging leading-edge technologies. The award recognizes the value-added features/benefits of the product and the increased ROI it offers customers, which, in turn, increases customer acquisition and overall market penetration potential.
Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews, analysis, and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.
Alstom and LMRC unveil the design of Lucknow’s Metropolis in India.
Alstom and Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC) unveiled the design of Alstom’s Metropolis for Lucknow in the presence of Hon’ble Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Kumar Keshav, Managing Director of LMRC and Bharat Salhotra, Managing Director of Alstom India and South Asia.
The design of Alstom’s Metropolis for Lucknow is a tribute to the city’s cultural richness. The front of the metro has been conceived in the spirit of some of the city’s most important monuments’ gates such as Bara-Imambara, the Asifi Masjid or the Roomi. At the lower section of the front, the V cutline symbolizes the dynamism and rapidity with which the Lucknow metro project has been handled to address the city’s high demand for mobility. The exterior livery is both highly modern and very much inspired by the traditional cashmere craftsmanship of Lucknow. Special attention has been paid to passenger comfort; Metropolis offers 186 seats in longitudinal configuration and two dedicated zones for passengers with reduced mobility. Screens displaying useful travel information have been placed in convenient locations inside the metro, visible to all.
In September 2015, Alstom was awarded a contract by LRMC to supply 20 Metropolis trainsets, each composed of four metro cars. The Metropolis trainsets will circulate on the city’s new metro line, which will be around 23 km long and will include 22 stations, of which 19 elevated and 3 underground. The line is estimated to carry about 430,000 passengers per day at first, increasing to over 1 million by 2030.
The metro cars will be produced at Alstom’s Sri City and Coimbatore manufacturing facilities in India. The signalling system will be jointly supplied by Alstom’s sites in Bangalore, India and Saint-Ouen, France.
Alstom has a strong presence in India where the company has been awarded important metro projects for cities including Chennai, Delhi and Kochi.
Network Rail awards contracts worth £90m to increase capacity and improve reliability of railway between London and Reading.
By Network Rail.
Network Rail has awarded a contract for the final stage of the signalling system that will control trains between Reading and Paddington to Alstom and a separate contract for resilient power supplies to Amey. The upgrades are crucial to the future operation of Elizabeth line services as well as the modernisation of the Great Western Main Line.
Both contracts have been awarded under existing Network Rail framework agreements which allow suppliers to invest in the skills and resources needed to deliver large projects efficiently. A £79m contract with Alstom is for the final stage of the full re-signalling of the Great Western Main Line between Reading and Paddington in the west of London. The contract covers the design, manufacture, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of a state-of-the-art train control system. The signalling work, which is already well underway, will allow Transport for London’s Elizabeth line trains to operate on that section of the railway along with other services on the Great Western Main Line.
The £11m contract awarded to Amey for signalling power works between Paddington and Hayes & Harlington includes replacement of obsolete power supplies and crucially, fully resilient new supplies for the signalling equipment. This enables the system to be automatically supplied from separate supplies in the event of a power failure anywhere between two points. This drastically reduces train delays whilst maximising reliability for trains on the approach to and from Paddington.
The planned upgrade of the signalling on the Great Western Main Line is being carried out by Network Rail as part of the Railway Upgrade Plan and is also a key enhancement required by Crossrail. Network Rail is a key partner in delivering the Crossrail project and is responsible for the design, development and delivery of the parts of the route that are on the existing rail network.
Matthew Steele, Crossrail Programme Director at Network Rail, said: “This is a vital step in the delivery of a bigger, better, more reliable railway for London and the South East. By ensuring the new trains can run seamlessly amongst existing rail services and by building in resilience at the outset, we increase the capacity and reliability of the railway meaning that passengers benefit from quicker and easier journeys they can depend upon. To deliver this work in the safest and most efficient way possible, we need to make the most of the huge potential within our supply chain so we look forward to continuing our close collaboration with Alstom and Amey in the delivery of these crucial elements of the Great Western Main Line upgrade and our preparation for Elizabeth line services.”
Crossrail will be known as the Elizabeth line from December 2018 when services start running through central London. The full route will open in 2019. Brand new trains will allow passengers in west London and Berkshire to travel right through central London and all the way out to Essex, reducing journey times and making it quicker and easier for people to get to a range of destinations across London and the South East.
LILEE Systems Builds on US Success with Key Appointments and European Expansion.
By LILEE Systems.
LILEE Systems, the leading provider of advanced wired and wireless communication products, solutions and services for the transportation industry, today announced that based on the accelerated acceptance of its solutions in the U.S., it has made key appointments to its executive team and expanded its operations into Europe. John Marshall has joined as Senior Vice President with responsibility for global sales, marketing, and solutions development. Marshall’s immediate growth initiatives include augmenting the Company’s product portfolio and driving expansion into Europe. To that end, Marshall has appointed Jessica Sweeney to lead marketing and product strategy and René Hendrikse to lead EMEA sales and services from the newly established EMEA headquarters in Amsterdam.
John Marshall brings a strong background in general management, sales, and marketing of wireless connectivity solutions for M2M and IoT platforms. Prior to joining LILEE, Marshall served as CMO and VP/GM for SkyCross Inc.’s North America and Europe business units; led SiBEAM’s worldwide sales, marketing, business development, and advanced technology teams; and served as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at 2Wire, Inc.
“LILEE has developed highly reliable, scalable M2M and industrial IoT solutions that have gained wide acceptance in the railroad industry,” said Marshall. “We will now leverage this expertise into additional markets including the broader transportation industry, as well as expand geographically into Europe. These solutions include communications gateways, software, professional services, analytics, and a wide range of integrated offerings for enterprise customer needs.”
Join LILEE Systems at SmartRail Europe, Amsterdam, April 19 – 20, to see firsthand how LILEE’s technology is defining long-term systems management and operations-prioritized communications. Attend the Plenary Session on April 20 to hear John Marshall’s discussion on Innovating Rail Services and Maintaining Operational Excellence and stop by the stand to talk with LILEE technology experts.
Jessica Sweeney joins LILEE as Senior Director of Market and Product Strategy, with 20 years of B2B software experience in management, sales, and marketing across government, academic and private sector, in North America and EMEA. Prior to joining LILEE, Sweeney was head of Customer Discovery and Innovation in Elsevier’s Science and Technology division. Sweeney will focus on expanding LILEE’s product mix, as well as vertical market and geographic go to market strategy.
René Hendrikse joins LILEE as Vice President and Managing Director of EMEA based in the newly established EMEA headquarters in Amsterdam. Hendrikse will lead LILEE’s EMEA sales strategy and oversee an expanding sales and services solutions team. Prior to joining LILEE, Hendrikse was Vice President of Worldwide Sales at iPass Inc, a leader of global mobile connectivity.
“Advances in mobile connectivity are enabling a new generation of M2M and industrial IoT capabilities that are enhancing operations by improving safety and efficiency through predictive and prescriptive insights,” said Jia-Ru Li, Founder and CEO, LILEE Systems. “LILEE is at the forefront of offering these solutions and is now expanding our offerings into the wider transportation industry as well as into Europe. The addition of John, Jessica and René, as well as the opening of our Amsterdam office will be critical to executing our new go-to-market strategy.”
For more information about LILEE Systems or to inquire about joining the teams in Silicon Valley, Taipei and Amsterdam, visit lileesystems.com.
Network Rail appoints Tube upgrade chief to spearhead Digital Railway.
By Network Rail
Network Rail today announced that David Waboso, capital programmes director at London Underground, will join the company as managing director, Digital Railway.
David Waboso is an internationally renowned engineer and project manager with decades of experience in leading major infrastructure projects both in the UK and abroad. In his current role at London Underground, he is responsible for leading the £1.5bn annual Tube Upgrade Programme to deliver better journeys for 4m passengers each day.
David will lead Network Rail’s Digital Railway directorate, which includes the Digital Railway Programme – a cross-industry programme funded and facilitated by Network Rail to boost the capacity of Britain’s rail network using digital signalling and train control technologies. A member of Network Rail’s executive committee, Mr Waboso will report to chief executive Mark Carne. He replaces Jerry England, who retires later this year.
Mark Carne, Network Rail chief executive said: “The single biggest challenge for Britain’s railway is how to provide the capacity we need for the future. Passenger numbers have doubled over the last twenty years and are set to double again over a similar period. Our Railway Upgrade Plan is making a huge difference for passengers, but we need to move further and faster to bring in the kinds of digital technologies that other industries have already shown can provide the capacity gains on existing infrastructure.
“Attracting someone of David's talent highlights the progress we have made and our determination to use technology to unlock capacity on Britain's congested network. I look forward to working with him and I know he will continue Jerry’s excellent work in making sure we have the plans and funding in place to deliver the railway Britain needs for the future.”
David Waboso’s experience at London Underground, where he has led the upgrade of both trains and infrastructure to digital technology, will be hugely valuable as Network Rail makes the case for an accelerated programme to roll out similar technologies across Britain’s rail network.
Prior to joining London Underground in 2005, David was executive director at the Strategic Rail Authority where he was responsible for integrating engineering, safety and standards across the industry and led cross-industry national programmes for new signalling and communications systems. He has also worked for Bechtel and Nichols and played a leading role in the development and delivery of a number of key upgrades including the Thameslink Programme, Jubilee Line extension and Docklands Light Railway.
David Waboso was recently appointed president of the Association for Project Management. He was awarded a CBE in 2014 for services to transport in London and the infrastructure leader prize in the UK Black British Business Awards.
It is hoped that he will start at Network Rail in June, and that there will then be a handover period with Jerry England who has already announced that he will be retiring once the handover is complete.
Bombardier Selects Tech Mahindra as a Supplier for the C Series Aircraft’s Health Management System.
By Tech Mahindra.
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft and Tech Mahindra, a specialist in digital transformation, consulting and business re-engineering announced today that they have signed an agreement under which Tech Mahindra will develop the Aircraft Ground Support System (AGSS) for Bombardier's Aircraft Health Management System (AHMS) for the C Series family of aircraft. The AGSS will facilitate real-time and post-flight recorded data management, fault notification and diagnostic reporting. By leveraging the large amount of data recorded and transmitted from C Series aircraft, the AHMS will allow operators to make sound decisions on aircraft performance and maintenance.
“We are excited to be working with Bombardier and contributing to the AHMS for the C Series aircraft. Our digital tools will support efficient analysis of the data, so that it can be quickly captured and shared with operators,” said Lakshmanan Chidambaram, Head of North America, Tech Mahindra Ltd. “We are aligned with Bombardier’s vision around ‘connected aircraft’ and the core of our digital strategy will focus on converting information into insight, to impact operators’ business efficiency and profitability.”
“Together with Tech Mahindra, we are developing a system that will optimize aircraft availability and lower maintenance costs,” said Rob Dewar, Vice President,C SeriesProgram, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “Specifically designed for the C Series aircraft, the AHMS will help operators manage their activities, resulting in superior dispatch reliability.”
"Tech Mahindra’s digital solutions are another key component in our AHMS as we approach entry into service and implement start-up strategies that will support our C Series aircraft operators," said Todd Young, Vice President and General Manager, Customer Services, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “We’re very pleased about this important collaboration with Tech Mahindra because the AGSS will facilitate the analysis of data and provide benefits to our customers throughout the life cycle of the C Series aircraft.”
Tech Mahindra’s digital solutions for the AHMS will leverage cutting-edge Cloud Computing, Sensor, Internet of Things (IOT) and Big Data technologies to perform deep analytics of the aircraft's health status.
As previously announced by Bombardier, Pratt & Whitney's data service system will be the infrastructure unit used to perform data transmissions from the C Series aircraft's on-board Health Management Unit (HMU) while on the ground.
About the Bombardier AHMS
An integral part of the C Series aircraft design, ground system and support tools, the AHMS will be available to operators at the aircraft's entry into service.
The AHMS is comprised of both on-board and ground system components. On the aircraft, the on-board maintenance system manages fault messages from all aircraft systems while the high-capacity recording and transmission Health Management Unit affords airlines an exceptional degree of customization to manage aircraft data. The unit collects broad stream aircraft operation and performance data from every system during flight. Examples include avionics, flight controls, fly-by-wire, landing gear, braking systems, environmental control systems, thrust reversers, engines, electrical system, auxiliary power units (APUs) etc. On the ground, the AHMS system performs the detailed analysis of the transmitted on-board data to support a wide variety of operational decisions.
While C Series aircraft operators will be the first to benefit from the AHMS, Bombardier is assessing the feasibility of equipping other in-development and in-service aircraft models with this state-of-the-art tool.
About C Series Aircraft
The C Series family of aircraft, representing the fusion of performance and technology, is a 100 per cent all-new design that offers operators potential savings of between US$ 7.5 to 12 million per aircraft.
The aircraft are delivering more than a 20 per cent fuel burn advantage compared to in-production aircraft, and a greater than 10 per cent advantage compared to re-engined aircraft.
In addition to delivering best-in-class economics with the C Series aircraft, Bombardier has placed considerable emphasis on cabin design to ensure an excellent passenger experience. The C Series aircraft’s larger seats, overhead bins and windows create a widebody feel that offers passengers unparalleled comfort.
The CS100 and CS300 aircraft have over 95 per cent parts commonality, as well as the same type rating. The groundbreaking Pratt & Whitney PurePower® PW1500G engine, combined with advanced aerodynamics, delivers reduced fuel burn, noise and emissions, increasing the aircraft’s environmental and social compatibility.
By focusing on the 100- to 150-seat market segment, Bombardier has designed the C Series aircraft to deliver unparalleled economic advantage to operators and to open up new opportunities for single-aisle aircraft operations.
Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 603 C Series aircraft, which include firm orders for 243.
Cyient Europe opens new engineering centre in Prague, Czech Republic.
Cyient Europe Limited, part of Cyient Limited, a global engineering, data analytics, networks and operations solutions company, has opened a new engineering centre in Prague, Czech Republic. The new centre has been established to drive Cyient’s growth ambitions by providing high-quality engineering capabilities in support of our clients in countries within the European region and across the globe.
The dedicated centre, based in Building L, Classic 7 Business Park, Jankovcova 1603 / 47a, 170 00 Prague 7, is designed to serve our clients with specialized nearshore engineering solutions, across a wide variety of industry sectors. As a country steeped in technical capabilities and education, the Czech Republic is an ideal choice to take advantage of strong engineering talent combined with diversity of language skills.
Cyient’s initial focus will be to support the transportation industry through delivering mechanical, electrical and systems engineering, as well as technical publication solutions. The centre is also well placed to expand our capabilities to our Aerospace and Defense, Energy/Oil & Gas, Utility and Telecommunication customers.
“Our Czech Engineering Centre is an exciting and important addition for Cyient in Europe, enabling us to provide localised solutions using local talent. Cyient prides itself on being a global organisation that really listens to its clients’ local needs, and in doing so, offers solutions that provide strategic advantages for its customers” said John Renard, President, Cyient Europe Limited.
As part of its strategy in Europe, Cyient plans to grow its local engineering footprint to deliver greater value to its customers by taking advantage of both its established low-cost, scalable delivery centres in India and regional technical capabilities. Cyient believes there is an opportunity to grow this centre to several hundred engineers in the coming few years.
Biarri Rail; the new face of railway innovation.
Biarri Group today announced the foundation of Biarri Rail, a new company focused on delivering railway efficiency through intuitive cloud based planning and live operations software. The company is focused on modernising how railway operators, network managers and asset owners can improve service delivery and reduce costs through the smarter utilisation of critical railway resources.
Brisbane, Australia, February, 2016 – Biarri Group, a global provider of mathematically powered web based software, systems and analytical tools, today announced the launch of Biarri Rail -- a dedicated business specifically targeting the needs of the railway industry. Leveraging the wealth of experience, optimisation engines and tools built by Biarri over the past 8 years, Biarri Rail is focusing on empowering operators, managers and asset owners to become more efficient through tailored and powerful cloud based planning and live operations software.
“The Biarri Group of companies has a great history in the application of optimisation and intuitive cloud based software across many industries including transport, healthcare, energy and mining, agriculture and telecommunications” said Ash Nelson, Biarri Co-Founder and Biarri Optimisation MD. “We’re excited to add to the Biarri Group a business providing modern and innovative solutions specifically for the rail industry.”
Despite the new name, Biarri Rail already has a strong track record of providing software to some of the largest above and below rail operators. Kansas City Southern Railroad, Aurizon, Pacific National, ARTC and Rio Tinto have all benefited from Biarri’s planning and live operational solutions. Technology providers GE Transportation and Oliver Wyman have also partnered with Biarri Rail to compliment and integrate custom and unique requirements.
“Over the last few years we have talked to many railways about their frustration with previous approaches to planning and operational software not delivering on its promise. With our strong rail experience, mathematical background and software development platform we have proven that we can deliver value to our railway customers and bring a positive change to their planning and operations.” said Tom Forbes, Biarri Rail CEO.
For more iformation, please visit the Biarri Rail website www.biarrirail.com
Network Rail Ferriby – Gilberdyke re-signalling scheme UK contract awarded to the consortium Ansaldo STS / Linbrooke Services Ltd
By Ansaldo STS
- Ansaldo STS and Linbrooke Services Limited have been awarded the contract worth £34.5 million (£15.15 million for Ansaldo STS and £19.35 million for Linbrooke) relating to the re-signalling of the line with computer based interlocking technology.
- The CBI technology will be implemented to upgrade the 7 main stations served along the 35 miles between Ferriby and Gilberdyke.
After its successive implementations on High Speed One and Cambrian Lines, Ansaldo STS’s interlocking technology has been selected for the Network Rail project to re-signal and upgrade the line from Ferriby to Gilberdyke (county of North Humberside). The re-signalling contract has been awarded to the consortium of Ansaldo STS and Linbrooke Services Limited.
Within the scope of the contract, Ansaldo STS will lead the consortium and be responsible for the SEI CBI signalling system design and supply and the axle counter system design, supply and integration.
Linbrooke will deliver the signalling and power construction works, the telecommunications system design and construction and will be the overall UK Tester in Charge.
The project begins in February 2016 and is due to be commissioned in March 2018. With this new and exciting project, the consortium is proud to support its partner Network Rail in the development of a more interoperable and sustainable railway network in the UK.
More than a Quarter of London 'Pay as You Go' Customers Travel Using Contactless Payments
By Transport for London.
Millions of customers across London are using quick and easy Contactless payment technology to get around the Capital, new figures from TfL reveal.
The technology, which provides quicker and more convenient journeys, was developed in-house by TfL to make life easier for customers. It removes the need for customers to top-up, and fares are capped — with the best value contactless fares calculated automatically.
Contactless payments have been accepted on London Buses since December 2012, with the technology expanded to cover Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, and most National Rail services in London in September 2014.
Best value fare
Along with providing customers with the best value fare on TfL services, as well on the vast majority of National Rail services, contactless payments provide 'Monday to Sunday' capping which automatically limits the cost of travel over this period to the price of a weekly travelcard.
The new figures show that across London:
- More than 300 million journeys have been made using this technology since its launch in 2012, with more than a million journeys now made each day using Contactless
- Nearly 25,000 new cards are used on the network every day, with 27% of all pay as you go journeys on Tube and rail services now made using Contactless
- Customers are now also using other methods of payment, such as mobile device ticketing technology. Around 3.5% of all contactless journeys are now made using mobile technology, with around an extra 7,000 devices now seen on average every week
Since July 2015, more than 3.2 million journeys have been made using mobile devices on London's transport network. This is predicted to further increase throughout 2016 as more devices come onto the market and more people adopt them and other Contactless technologies such as watches and wristbands with Near Field Communication (NFC) capabilities
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: 'It's wonderful Londoners and visitors from around the world are embracing the use of contactless technology right across our network.
'Passengers clearly love using their bank cards and mobile phones to travel, and why not - it's quick, easy and gets you the best fare. It's another fine example of how we are innovating and investing to make getting around the Capital as easy as possible.'
Quick and easy
Shashi Verma, Director of Customer Experience at TfL, said: 'More than 300 million journeys have been made using contactless cards from over 80 countries and 27% of pay as you go customers on the Tube and rail now use contactless payment because it is so quick and easy.
'We are committed to making paying for transport easier for everyone and are working to further expand the benefits to journeys to all London airports as well as other key locations around the commuter belt.'
Richard Koch, Head of Policy at The UK Cards Association said: 'One in ten card transactions in the UK are now contactless, and for many Londoners it has become the way they expect to pay for travel too.
'Building on the huge success in London, we're now working with the transport industry to bring in contactless payments across the country and help make public transport more convenient for millions of passengers.'
Best service to customers
Janet Cooke, Chief Executive, London TravelWatch, said: 'For many passengers Contactless payment cards are the easiest and most convenient way to pay for travel as these figures confirm.
'For some time, passengers in towns such as Epsom, Slough, and Sevenoaks have been calling for the benefits of Oyster and Contactless payments to be extended to them. This should now be done without further delay.'
In the coming year, TfL will continue to make improvements to the Oyster and Contactless payment system to further provide the best service to customers and allow TfL to take further steps towards eliminating the use of paper tickets on the Tube.
Plans are already underway to make improvements to the auto-refund system for Oyster and Contactless to better identify where people have accidentally failed to touch out of the network.
Icomera actively working to establish standards for plug-and-play IT systems in public transport.
Icomera has joined the Information Technology for Public Transport (ITxPT) initiative as an Associated Member. ITxPT was launched in 2013 by UITP, the International Association for Public Transport, and aims to implement working standards and practices for plug-and-play IT systems used on board vehicles and in back offices.
Icomera is one of Sweden’s fastest growing technology companies and its mobile Internet solutions connect tens of thousands of vehicles and millions of passengers to the Internet every week.
Icomera’s Associated Membership gives it the opportunity to work more closely with vehicle manufacturers, systems and service providers, and public transport operators. Icomera supports its customers with highperformance wireless Internet technology and an open software platform that hosts a range of virtual applications such as passenger infotainment, remote condition monitoring and real-time video surveillance that run seamlessly through this connectivity.
“Icomera’s one box virtualisation strategy is very attractive to ITxPT’s existing members. It alleviates many of the challenges transport authorities, operators and manufacturers face when attempting to adopt new technologies, minimising disruptive installations, unnecessary equipment redundancies, wiring, maintenance access and quality issues,” said Umberto Guida, UITP EU Projects Director and Chairman of the ITxPT Executive Board. Karl-Johan Holm, President and CEO of Icomera, added “Icomera’s approach is very much aligned with ITxPT’s goal of establishing commonly accepted standards for the safe and cost-efficient development of digital systems for public transport. By becoming a member of this initiative we have reaffirmed our commitment to our vision”.
Thales selected to extend the ticketing system of the Delhi Metro.
Thales has been awarded by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) the ticketing system augmentation of phases I and II of the Delhi metro. As part of this upgrade, additional ticketing machines and access gates will be provided to improve passengers’ travel facilities and comfort.
By Thales Group.
The project will cover about 100 stations, improving and increasing the ticketing system of Phases I and II of the Delhi metro (respectively the first 65 km of track and the following 125 km) with a new generation of unattended equipment for ticket sale. Thales will deliver a total of 240 additional access gates and will install 300 ticket vending machines (TVM) and 150 automatic vending machines (AVM) dedicated for card top up. The additional gates will be delivered by February 2016 and completed by September 2016.
Recently, two new sections of the metro line phase III, Faridabad and Badli, have been inaugurated with the new automated vending machines which allow to significantly reduce queues at ticket counters.
Thales has been a trusted partner of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) for more than 13 years. To this date, Thales covers more than 70% of the total network serving around 3 million passengers every day. It represents a total of 800 new TVM, 600 AVM and 1130 access gates. Thales’s automated systems are helping to make public transport more attractive to Delhi's citizens and reduce congestion and CO2 emissions in an urban area where road traffic is particularly dense.
As a long-standing partner of public transport systems in India, Thales has many successful references in the country which include ticketing systems for New Delhi and Gurgaon metros, Communication and Supervision systems for New Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, Hyderabad and Bangalore metros, and advanced signaling CBTC for the Hyderabad metro. In main line, Thales provides Digital axle counters throughout the Indian Railways network and a train protection and warning system (European Train Control System) for the Southern Railway.
Transport Ticketing & Passenger Information Global Conference & Expo (26-28 January 2016, Old Billingsgate, London, UK)
Celebrating its eighth consecutive year, the illustrious Transport Ticketing & Passenger Information Global continues to host the world’s most comprehensive transport summit. Taking place from 26-28 January 2016 at Old Billingsgate, London, the three day event is set to welcome more than 700 delegates from over 50 countries to explore the latest developments in smart ticketing and transit.
A distinguished selection of public and private sector innovators and pioneers will provide unique insight, beginning with a guest keynote address from Member of Parliament and Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport Claire Perry.
Lauren Sager Weistein, Head of Analytics at Transport for London will then deliver a data driven presentation titled ‘Understand how your future passengers will choose to travel and consume data: take a look at projected forecasts for modal shifts and how you need to adapt your service’.
A panel discussion led by Justin Stenner, Head of Technology for Heathrow Express, will discuss what the public transport industry can learn from the aviation sector when updating their ticketless platforms. Michael Devitto (Vice President and Program Executive, Fare Payment Programs) Metropolitan Transport Authority New York, will chair a panel discussion predicting the next twelve months in transport technology.
Mark Kipling, Director of Bahrain Public Transport Company will provide a case study into Bahrain’s accelerated transport programme, revealing how the country has gone from traditional conductors to smartcard technology in six months. Other speakers include Chantal Greenwood, Manager of Automated Fare Collection at Transport for Cape Town, who will deliver a session titled ‘On the road to integrated intelligent transport systems for public transport in Cape Town, and Dimiter Dimitrov, CEO for Tickey will, explain how mobile ticketing is re-shaping the environment in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The prestigious Transport Ticketing & Passenger Information Global Awards, in partnership with PayPal, will honour organisations and individuals who have worked tirelessly to establish and deploy successful smart ticketing programmes across Europe. Taking place at the iconic London Transport Museum on 26 January, the event will celebrate the evolution of public transport and how it continues to shape modern society. Categories include: Best Smart Card Ticketing Service, Most Successful Mobile Ticketing Programme, Ticketing Technology of the Year, Best Customer Serving Operator, Industry Contributor and Most Innovative Real-time Passenger Information Initiative.
The EMV Transport Forum, taking place at Transport Ticketing Global, is the UK’s first niche industry gathering which cuts through the noise around bank-card ticketing and discusses the ‘hands-dirty’ aspects of implementation and market adoption of EMV transport ticketing.
The conference will also feature representatives from organisations such as The Department of Transport, Consult Hyperion, ATOC, Ridango, Connexxion, Bytemark Inc, Global Travel Ventures and Go Ahead Group, while partners and sponsors include Visa, Fujitsu, Vix Technology, Parkeon, Cubic, Snapper, EOS Uptrade, Hacon, Scheidt & Bachmann, Thales.
A wide ranging exhibition, running alongside the conference, will offer the opportunity for delegates to interact with the latest technologies first-hand and meet with potential and existing suppliers.
Transport Ticketing & Passenger Information Global 2016 takes place at Old Billingsgate, London on 26-28 January. A full two day Conference Pass is £1,599. Transport operators and government officials attend for free.
For information about exhibiting or participating, please visit www.transport-ticketing.com
TransLoc and Uber Partner to Pioneer a New Standard in Public Transit
Integrating Uber into commutes with TransLoc Rider
TransLoc®, a leading provider of transportation technology, is partnering with Uber to create a new standard in public transit and private technology collaboration. This milestone seeks to combine the best of private transportation and public transit for truly integrated mobility. By integrating the Uber API into the TransLoc Rider app, riders can incorporate multiple modes of transportation, including public transit, into commutes.
The first-mile/last-mile challenge is a persistent and ongoing problem facing transit agencies as they try to increase ridership. Many potential transit riders say they would be willing to take public transit, but do not because they lack options to get them to or from their final destination after getting off the bus or train. Instead, they drive the entire trip.
Together, TransLoc and Uber hope to bridge the gap by delivering the certainty and reliability that riders need to complete their entire trip in a way that has never been done before. Building on Uber’s first-of-its-kind partnerships between Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) and transit agencies, this approach is distinct—it creates a seamless connection between Uber and public transit so that more people can easily access it. Users simply input their destination in the Rider app to receive a personalized journey that incorporates the optimal combination of walking, transit and Uber. The app instantly plans a route that will get them where they want to go cost-effectively, quickly and easily.
“It is exciting to see technology companies and public transit agencies work together to test new ways for making trip options convenient and complete,” said Michael Melaniphy, American Public Transportation Association President and CEO. “As private sector innovation accelerates, such partnerships will enhance the attractiveness of public transportation, with the traveling public being the prime beneficiary.”
This new solution marries the strengths of public transit—the transportation backbone of our cities—with the convenience and reliability of Uber, getting riders to and from transit stops to reach their ultimate destination. Both of these key alternative modes of transportation are further enhanced by TransLoc’s technology, which provides real-time tracking. Having accurate arrival predictions makes multi-modal transportation a viable and enjoyable alternative.
“Our mission is to take mass transit from last resort for some, to first choice for all. The partnership with Uber will help advance us toward this goal,” said Doug Kaufman, CEO of TransLoc, “and make public transit a viable option for everyone, not just people who live within a ¼ of a mile of a stop.”
TransLoc Rider with Uber integration will debut in mid-February in Memphis, Tennessee and Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina with agency partners Memphis Area Transit Authority and GoTriangle.
Siemens to equip Line 4 of the Metro Paris for driverless operation.
By Siemens Mobility
Munich, January 7, 2016
Siemens received an order from the Paris public transport operator RATP (Régie Autonome des Transports Parisiens) to equip the 27 stations of Paris Metro Line 4 with signaling and operations control systems. Fully automatic operation can increase the capacity of this line by up to 20 percent because trains will be able to run at shorter headways.
“Siemens has equipped about 300 route km worldwide with signaling technology for fully automatic operation, making it the market leader in this field. Automatic operation will enable Line 4 to offer a service interval of 85 seconds. At the same time, the automatic control will allow to reduce energy consumption by up to 15 percent,” says Jochen Eickholt, CEO of Siemens Mobility. The order volume totals around 70 million euros. Work on the line is scheduled for completion in 2022.
To upgrade the twelve kilometers of Line 4, Siemens will supply the Trainguard MT automatic train control system that uses communications-based technology to achieve fully automatic, driverless operation. All train movements will be supervised via the operation control center, which will also be supplied by Siemens. Special doors at the platforms will ensure additional safety at all 27 metro stations. With around 700,000 passengers a day, Line 4 of the Paris Metro is one of the most frequented sections of the whole Paris mass transit network. It is also the most important north-south metro link in the city, connecting the stations of Porte de Clignancourt in the north of the city and future station Bagneux in the south. On its way through France's capital it stops at three major long-distance railway stations and is also the only line with transfer terminals to all 16 other mass transit lines.
Apart from Line 4, Siemens has also equipped Metro Lines 14 and 1 for driverless operation. Metro Line 1 is the oldest and most heavily frequented underground line in Paris. It links the east and west of the city along 17 kilometers of track. Siemens has likewise recently supplied important signaling components and systems for Lines 3, 5 and 9.
Comtest Wireless offers solution to address GSM-R interference challenges (without a hiring a battalion of radio engineers)
By Comtest Wireless
Comtest Wireless, independent experts in the field of GSM-R and ERTMS test and monitoring solutions has launched a cost-effective solution to help rail and signalling operators detect and analyse GSM-R interference.
The increased adoption of ETCS level 2 signalling, incumbent 4G networks and signal strength changes by mobile operators, are just three key reasons why interference has become a significant challenge for the rail industry. As a result, the pressure has never been greater to ensure that interference issues in GSM-R voice and data communication are identified and resolved as quickly as possible, and to keep train services running.
Using proven Comtest Wireless technology, NetProbe Interference Modules provide rail and signalling operators with a complete solution to detect and analyse interference issues. As a result, the detailed interference reports can be used as a basis for engagement with mobile network operator (MNOs), third parties or legal entities, to address the issues.
Co-presenting with Trafikverket at a recent UIC Frequency Management Group Meeting in Italy, Carlo Ughetti, Director at Comtest Wireless showcased how the new NetProbe Interference solution is already helping its customers to detect and analyse GSM-R interference cost-effectively. He explained “we are known for our innovative solutions that detect and analyse GSM-R and ERTMS network performance issues, so it was a natural extension to develop a solution for GSM-R interference.
Our customers have welcomed the highly practical approach we have created. A typical solution gives them a toolkit that enables them to identify interference ‘hotspots’ using GSM-R performance data collection and analysis equipment installed on board operational trains. Our systems can perform tests with every GSM-R modem currently available in the market, making it easy to continuously signal levels (ie forcing UMTS 900) and therefore identify active operators and technologies. What’s more, they don’t need skilled operators, helping to keep operational expenses low.
Once the hotspots are identified, the next step is to obtain more detailed interference measurements, using calibrated and traceable instruments, such as, probes, smart sensors and test trains. As all the data is collected, compiled and stored in a central database in real-time, it is easy to conduct analysis and create detailed reports compliant with ECC 229 Report requirements.
This interference solution provides a professional, cost-effective approach to interference management (and it’s cheaper than hiring a battalion of radio engineers, which is not really an option in the rail sector)!”
Magnus Jakobsson who is responsible for implementing the Comtest Wireless solution at Trafikverket added, “the solution with unattended ‘boxes’ gives Trafikverket an automatic immediate response on how the GSM-R network is behaving in terms of RxLex, RxQ and relevant subset 093 parameters. Since it’s end-to-end testing, it also helps us to spot error problems on the fixed transmission side of GSM-R.”
Organisations requiring further information or a demo on the NetProbe interference solution, or to learn more about other GSM-R and ERTMS test and monitoring solutions, should email email@example.com, or visit www.comtestwireless.eu.
Cubic Opens London Innovation Centre to Drive Mobility Advances in Urban Transportation.
By Cubic Transportation Systems
SAN DIEGO – December 15, 2015 – Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS), a business unit of Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB), today announced the opening of its Cubic Innovation Centre in London for the advancement of mobility solutions that address the global transportation needs of the future.
Through the Cubic London Innovation Center, Cubic and its partners will work together to find solutions to challenges that affect the quality of life in metropolitan areas, such as urban growth, congestion of transportation across travel modes – including roads, bikes, walking, rail, metro, bus and ferry – and the interaction between those modes.
“The future of transportation infrastructure hinges on the effective application of technology and practical solutions for mobility issues. We selected London for the Innovation Centre because of the city’s reputation for ground-breaking developments, including work by our customer Transport for London (TfL),” said Matt Cole, president of Cubic Transportation Systems. “Through the Centre’s work, we hope to improve services and reduce costs for more customers while enhancing the traveler experience in line with our NextCity strategy, which integrates payment and information systems across all transportation methods.”
“The innovative use of technology is fundamentally important if we are to meet the transport challenges of the 21st century – particularly on the rail network, said Sir Peter Hendy, chairman of Network Rail and former commissioner of TfL. “I am delighted that Cubic chose London for their Innovation Centre and I look forward to seeing the exciting developments that will emerge through true collaboration.”
The London Innovation Centre will showcase leading-edge technologies from Cubic and its extensive partner network of customers, industry experts and leading universities, which will be evaluated and selected for advancement.
Public transport operator Arriva commits to green goals, as world leaders gather in Paris.
Arriva CEO calls for climate deal as firm pledges a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions
With the Paris Climate Change Conference underway, Arriva plc, one of Europe’s leading bus and rail operators, has announced ambitious plans to reduce carbon emissions, conserve energy and invest in renewable sources, reduce water consumption and recycle more waste.
Arriva’s announcement comes as more than 190 nations gather in the French capital for the two-week summit to seek agreement on an international deal to tackle climate change, with carbon emission cuts at the heart of the debate.
Ahead of a potential Paris deal and in an industry-leading effort, Arriva is aiming to reduce its annual direct carbon emissions by 30% by 2020*.
As part of the 30% goal, Arriva plans to further invest in ‘greening’ its fleet. It already operates electric and hybrid buses across Europe and is actively investing in new technologies to reduce carbon emissions in existing vehicles, including the Econospeed throttle control system for buses and driver advisory systems for trains. In partnership with DriveNow and BMW, in September it also launched the world's largest fully electric city car scheme in Copenhagen.
The carbon emissions goal forms a key part of Arriva’s ‘Destination Green’ programme, which sets out their environmental ambitions as well as informing employees on how they can reduce their environmental impact with simple steps, such as avoiding unnecessary engine idling, braking gently, turning off equipment, and recycling waste.
In addition to cutting carbon emissions, Destination Green sets out a number of other goals that the company is aiming to achieve by 2020*. These include:
- a 30% reduction in annual building energy consumption;
- a 30% reduction in annual water consumption;
- a 30% share of electricity used being renewable, and
- no more than 30% of waste going to landfill.
Each of the pledges is matched with practical steps that the company and its employees must take for in order for them to be realised by 2020. Employees are invited to make a personal fuel, energy, water or waste pledge, for instance looking out for water leaks, placing waste in the correct bins, or making sure equipment is switched off to ensure the company maximises its achievements.
David Martin, CEO of Arriva, said:
“I am incredibly proud to announce this plan with the Paris conference now underway. With these ambitious goals, we are doing what we can to support the delivery of a binding global climate deal.
“As a public transport provider we are already contributing to a greener society, but with Destination Green we want to go beyond that. Arriva’s goal to reduce direct carbon emissions by 30% presents one of the most ambitious environmental targets ever set in the transport sector.
“Our plan is also unique in that it focusses heavily on our employees. Climate change cannot be tackled in boardrooms. We need everyone across the business to be aware of climate change and what they can personally do to tackle it. Everybody has a unique contribution to make, and even small actions will make a huge difference.
“By investing beyond bus and rail, we also want to encourage a modal shift and thereby a greener society. We want public transport to be the go-to option.”
The goals set out in Destination Green will guide targets and plans in all 14 European countries where Arriva provides services.
City Rail Link Market Sounding Notice
By Auckland Transport
Auckland Transport is developing its procurement strategy for the construction of the City Rail Link (CRL) project, an underground network extension linking the Britomart Transport Centre and the city centre with the existing western line near Mt Eden.
The CRL is Auckland’s top transport priority. Auckland will grow by more than 700,000 people over the next 30 years and the CRL is part of the solution to keep Auckland moving. The CRL will include twin 3.4km tunnels up to 42 metres below the city centre streets, two new and one redeveloped station and is estimated to take five and a half years to build at a cost of $2.5 billion.
During the past decade, rail patronage has increased from 4 million trips a year to 15 million. Further growth of the rail system, including increases to train frequency, is constrained by a dead end at Britomart which limits train movement into and out of the station. CRL will allow trains to run both ways through the city centre doubling the number of trains able to access the network.
Auckland Transport is inviting established companies active in the rail sector to register their interest in providing input into the proposed procurement approach, the project packaging, contract and delivery models and the programme. The primary objectives of this process is to:
• Obtain early feedback on potential procurement considerations
• Discuss options
• Gather information to refine the procurement strategy
• Test the anticipated programme and process
Participation in the market sounding is separate from any future procurement process. The information provided by the market sounding participants will be recognised as guiding only. The information will be summarised and published on the project website at the end of this process. Participation or non-participation in the market sounding and information received will not influence or impact future participation or the ability to participate in the future tender process for CRL.
Auckland Transport reserves the right to invite registered participants to provide additional information relating to their submissions and attend individual interactive meetings in Auckland. These will be held from 26 January to 22 February 2016 and conducted in English. Information related to the market sounding and procurement options for the project will be incrementally uploaded to the project website: https://at.govt.nz/crl/ between 27 November and 14 December, 2015.
If you believe you can provide a contribution to Auckland Transport in this process please register your interest by 12pm (NZST) December 21, 2015 sending an email to CRLproject@aucklandtransport.govt.nz. Please limit your response to two sides of an A4 page providing the following information in English:
- Brief description of how you have previously been involved in providing a supplier perspective to the client's development of a procurement strategy, focussing particularly on where you were able to add value to the client
- Brief description of the company and recent experience relevant to the CRL project
- Company Name
- Contact Name and Position
- Contact email Address
- Availability to attend individual interactive meetings in Auckland New Zealand within the period 26 January to 22 February 2016 conducted in English
PLEASE NOTE: This exercise is to enable AT obtain the best value for money. It is not to assist future interested parties to enhance their position. This is not a call for tenders or a pre-qualification. It is a market sounding to initiate a dialogue with industry. The results may be used to inform AT's procurement strategy, process and programme. Costs for participating in the market sounding will not be reimbursed by AT. Results will be published on the website.
Nomad Digital establishes 10-year partnership with ÖBB (Austrian Federal Railways)
By Nomad Digital.
Nomad Digital and ÖBB to deliver the world’s largest multi-transport connectivity deployment. The deployment will include multiple passenger services, including; information, entertainment and high-speed broadband Passenger WiFi
The agreement will establish new regional resources for Nomad Digital, also strengthening presence in DACH region (Newcastle, 13 November 2015) Nomad Digital has announced a 10-year framework agreement with the primary Austrian rail operator, ÖBB, forming a strategic partnership which will see Nomad Digital provide fully-integrated enhanced passenger solutions for the majority of the ÖBB train fleet and Postbuses.
The initial phase of the strategic agreement includes the deployment of improved Passenger WiFi, portal, and multi-media services on the entire ÖBB Railjet fleet of 51 trains, plus 9 brand new multi-country trains which serve Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
With a central focus on integrated passenger services that improve the overall passenger experience, ÖBB’s partnership with Nomad Digital will introduce new on-board technology services for up to 900 ÖBB trains, as well as 2,000 buses, marking the world’s largest on-board connectivity deployment for two modes of transport, within one partnership agreement.
Nomad Digital will provide a comprehensive end-to-end solution, including the design, integration, and deployment of multiple on-board connected passenger services that cover information, entertainment and high-speed broadband WiFi performance for passengers. Working closely with the OBB team, Nomad Digital will also establish a strong regional presence to support both the delivery and the on-going management of all service delivered as part of the agreement.
Nomad Digital’s CEO, Andrew Taylor, said, “We are excited about establishing and signing this extensive and long-term agreement between Nomad Digital and ÖBB, which is strategic in nature and will focus on delivering innovative passenger services, which will enhance the overall journey experience of OBB’s passengers.”
Nomad’s world-leading open connectivity and multi-media OBIS platform will create the foundation for the delivery of future ÖBB passenger and operational services, enabling the transport operator to take full advantage of multiple on-board and off-board solutions, to continually improve passenger experiences, as well as improving the reliability and efficiency of its operations. As part of the agreement, Nomad Digital and OBB plan to establish an innovation hub for the joint development of advanced passenger and fleet-based applications and services.
As part of a fully integrated passenger solution deployment, Nomad Digital will provide an advanced multi-media enabled portal platform for passengers, giving ÖBB customers direct access to timely journey and service information, on-demand multi-media content and entertainment, including multiple live TV channels from local broadcasters delivered through the train’s on-board platform - a world first for on-board train technology.
Christoph Schmutz, Chief Information Officer at ÖBB Personenverkehr, said, “ÖBB is delighted to be working with Nomad Digital, which is the best partner to meet the challenges of delivering innovative onboard services to our passengers. We are confident Nomad Digital’s solutions will help to significantly enhance the passenger experience, delivering our customers an optimal digital experience and ensuring that our passengers get the most out of their journey.”
As part of this agreement, Nomad Digital will establish a local office presence in Vienna, with a plan to invest heavily in local delivery and customer management resources – which will strengthen Nomad Digital’s presence in the DACH marketplace - as well as its relationships with new and existing customers locally.
Bombardier Wins Contract to Provide 18 Traxx Locomotives to Leasing Company Railpool
Bombardier Transportation has signed a contract to provide a combination of 18 Bombardier Traxx Multi-System (MS) and Bombardier Traxx AC Last Mile locomotives for the Munich-based locomotive leasing company Railpool. With this new order, Railpool's locomotive fleet totals 183 vehicles, 169 of which are Traxx locomotives. Based on the list price, the order is valued at approximately $82 million (€75 million.)
This order marks the successful Traxx AC Last Mile locomotive's entry into the Scandinavian rail market. The Traxx AC Last Mile locomotive is an electric locomotive that features a support diesel engine and battery. In many cases, diesel or electric trains must carry an additional shunting locomotive on their entire trip to be able to cross the short non-electrified 'last mile' sections in places such as harbours or terminals. Bombardier's Last Mile feature enables the Traxx locomotive to bridge these non-electrified track sections, effectively eliminating the need for support diesel shunting locomotives.
In addition to being able to operate on these non-electrified track sections for up to eight hours, the Traxx AC locomotive is also well-equipped for service in Scandinavia's often harsh environment. Even when operating in Last Mile mode, it has sufficient force to climb the several kilometre-long steep inclines commonly found in the region and, in case of power failure, the driver's cab can remain heated for a full week.
Eight of the new locomotives will be of the MS type and operate on the new, extended Germany-Austria-Switzerland-Italy-Netherlands-Belgium corridor while five more MS type locomotives will operate on the Germany-Austria-Belgium-Netherlands corridor. The remaining five Traxx AC Last Mile type locomotives will be for use in Sweden and Norway. Bombardier has extensive experience in Scandinavia as more than 100 of the Traxx AC2 locomotives have already been sold for operation there. The delivery of the first Traxx AC Last Mile locomotive to Railpool for use in Scandinavia is scheduled for the third quarter 2016.
Kontron TRACe HMI is a breakthrough panel PC for trains, offering maximum interoperability for multiple applications
EN50155-certified panel PC provides building block, unified design approach eliminating costs and speeding development of individual systems
Kontron a leading trusted provider of Embedded Computing Technology, announced today its TRACe™ HMID104-CK, an EN50155-certified fanless operational panel PC display. Specifically designed for transportation systems, Kontron’s new advanced touch-screen HMI offers a flexible building block platform enabling developers of train control systems to quickly adapt functionality to different needs such as train functionality operational displays for drivers, passenger information displays and onboard computers. Moreover, Kontron’s TRACe-HMI delivers a unified architecture approach with the full standardized TRACe family of products, enabling maximum interoperability . These benefits allow OEMs and integrators to do away with unnecessary development costs while helping to accelerate time to market, from application design to deployment schedules. Cost reductions in the certification phase can also be achieved by leveraging the same TRACe architecture for various applications.
The TRACe-HMI joins Kontron’s full line of TRACe application ready, standards-based and certified solutions designed to make transportation systems safer, more cost-effective and reliable. All Kontron’s TRACe transportation computing platforms integrate comprehensive health management capabilities. This built-in, intelligent solution provides a modular and scalable set of uniform test routines to assess the health status and configuration of the complete system. Equipped with a dedicated microcontroller and sensors to monitor all vital functions, TRACe health management features continuously monitor and report the status of the TRACe system while running normal operations. The result is enhanced security along with improved diagnostics and the ability to do preventative maintenance for enhanced remote fleet management. Controlling health management features can be done either locally or remotely through the Internet: providing a major advantage to support fleet management, asset management frameworks or the application itself. This enables operators to reduce dramatically the maintenance and possession costs from preventive maintenance and the ability to optimize logistics management .
The Kontron TRACe™ HMID104-CK in detail
Based on Kontron’s COM Express© Computer-on-Module (COM) integrating the Intel® Atom E3845 processor, the TRACe-HMI offers excellent processing performance and low power consumption providing an ideal high performance per watt ratio. Delivering a highly rugged design, the complete system is EN50155 Class Tx certified and supports extended temperature operation (-40°C to +70°C / 10 min @ +85°C) ensuring safe deployment in trains, trams and underground vehicles. This fanless and maintenance-free driver console combines cost optimization with modularity and upgradability. It features a capacitive-touch 10.4-inch TFT (SVGA 800x600) display with anti-vandal glass along with an UIC612 keyboard. Resistive touch screen and/or no-keyboard variants are also available on demand.
TRACe-HMID104-CK offers a comprehensive feature set and all necessary interfaces including two gigabit Ethernet (GbE) ports and optional serial interfaces, USB ports, audio and GPIOs. It also features flexible I/O (3x MiniPCIe slots), wide range power supply (from 24VDC to 110VDC) and modular design as well as optional support for the full range of field buses such as MVB, TRDP, IPCom, Profibus, and CANbus. In addition, the TRACe-HMI has a soldered 2GB DDR3 ECC system memory and an on-board high reliability 8 GB SLC solid state drive as well as embedded Linux or WES8 operating systems. Thanks to its modular, low power and robust design, the Kontron TRACe HMI matches long-term program lifecycle needs of 20 years or more with very high availability and outstanding MTBF.
At SmartRail Asia, Kontron to showcase breadth of transportation computers enabling fast deployment of advanced railway systems.
Kontron’s flexible standards-based solutions help rail operators usher in a new era of increased safety, efficiency and state-of-the-art connectivity.
A global market leader for embedded computing technology (ECT), Kontron delivers a broad line of standards-based transportation computers. As a leader in rail control and signaling computing platforms with more than 1,000 systems delivered worldwide, Kontron solutions are designed for PTC (Positive Train Control), ETCS (European Train Control System) and ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) applications in locations ranging from dispatch centers to decentralized, unmanned remote control centers and rolling stock.
Kontron’s TRACe™ family of flexible transportation COTS computers give railway system integrators and designers a baseline to easily customize and rapidly deploy specialized applications and new infrastructures. TRACe™ addresses the full breadth of modern, connected rolling stock applications allowing multiple applications to run on the same platform. Kontron also offers Internet-of-Things (IoT)-based COTS solutions designed to easily manage the implementation, evolution, and integration of transportation systems.
We invite you to meet with Kontron’s transportation computing and IoT system-level experts to learn about the company’s successful deployments, experience and value-added products.
Booth highlights include:
- Broad range of embedded computing solutions optimized for signalling and rail control systems
- Autonomous health management for enhanced safety/reliability that also reduces costs
- TRACe B304-TR integrator-friendly baseline operational computer
- TRACe HMID104 rugged display computer for driver displays and other mobile applications
- Comprehensive portfolio of standards-based VPX boards, COMe modules deliver maximum design flexibility
Where: SmartRail Asia 2015, Thailand
When: November 25-27, 2015
Location: Kontron Stand -- #B12
Please contact Chari Lazaridis to schedule a meeting: +49 (0) 821 4086-484 Chari.Lazaridis@kontron.com
MKTM set to achieve EN 50128 certification using QA·C for coding standard compliance.
By PRQA Programming Research
KTM, a division of Műszer Automatika Group and PRQA | Programming Research, a global leader in static analysis, announces that QA∙C with MISRA C compliance module and the EN 50128 safety manual for the rail industry will be used by MKTM, a leading independent supplier of signal and safety product solutions for the railway industry. Based in Budapest, MKTM provides design and consultancy services mainly to the rail industry, predominantly in Hungary but also internationally.
Until recently software development has not been MKTM’s main focus but given their expertise in engineering for transportation networks they are expanding their portfolio. MKTM’s experience with electricity generation and electrified railway lines, safety facilities, as well as monitoring and innovative telecommunication systems for rail traffic has led them to build an effective software team equipped with the right tools to ensure compliance with EN 50128 up to SIL level 4.
QA·C was thoroughly tested and MKTM found that using a static code analyzer enabled them to work much faster and more accurately. András Lénárd, Senior Software Engineer commented that “manual code reviews can no longer be considered as a viable solution, we need tools to automate this process. We found QA·C to be very accurate, capable of detecting many more real problems and was ultimately able to improve the code quality”. The ‘out of the box’ reports provided by QA·C were also thought to be extremely useful for further analysis.
In the long term, MKTM sees QA·C with MISRA as a real investment for their staff’s education. Software developers will learn where and how common errors occur and as a result, the code quality will increase with less time spent on error detection and fixing. Mr Lénárd continues, “we want to mandate the usage of QA·C to all developers programming in the C language”.
Paul Blundell, CEO of PRQA added “we’re delighted to add MKTM / Műszer Automatika Group to our customer pool and that QA·C with MISRA C and our EN 50128 safety manual will have a real impact for MKTM.”Further details about QA·C are available at www.programmingresearch.com/products
MARTA’s Buckhead Subway Station in Atlanta is First to Receive Acoustiblok’s “Quiet” Makeover
TAMPA, Fla., October 2015 – Commuters are now in for a quieter experience at Atlanta’s Buckhead Subway Station. Buckhead Station is the first of MARTA’s subway station to install Acoustiblok’s Industrial AllWeather Sound Panels® (IAWSP’s). Now completed, the installation has significantly reduced subway noise at the station and received a great deal of positive feedback from commuters. All of Atlanta’s 38 subway stations are expected to be included in the noise reduction project.
Railway stations and the zones surrouding them present a unique sound attenuation challenge. Noise emission and absorption conditions tend to be complex because of a large number of various sources and factors influencing the occurrence and spreading of noise, different types of rail vehicles, a huge number of rail systems and turnouts, different permanent way structures, and dense construction in the surrounding areas, etc. In addition, railway stations are often located in town center areas where, besides rail traffic, congested road traffic is also present.
The Best Solution for Multiple Sources of Noise
“MARTA was seeking a way to reduce reverberation noise inside the station. Reverberation is the persistence of sound after its source has stopped caused by multiple reflection of the sound (echoes) within a closed space. Reverberation increases the ambient noise level and makes speech indistinct by masking the onset transients. Acoustiblok’s IAWSP’s worked very well for this area because they are not just ordinary barriers; the Industrial All Weather Sound Panels are a unique combination of Acoustiblok® sound isolation material and Quiet-Fiber®, a sound absorbing material. The panels not only stop sound (STC 29), but also absorb sound (NRC 1.00, the highest absorption).
“In addition, one of the most difficult sound blocking problems is typically in the lower frequencies. The sound of a train engine is a relatively low frequency noise. Conventional sound barriers are not able to do much sound blocking in this range. Because our "Acoustiblok" barrier material is built into each of our All Weather Sound Panels they increase the sound blocking in the lower frequencies and are ideal for difficult noise issues such as this,” said Lahnie Johnson, president and founder of Acoustiblok Corporation.
Acoustiblok’s IAWSP’s , originally designed for offshore drilling, are engineered to withstand the most rigorous environments and are also fireproof, another safety feature. Water, moisture, salt, dirt, dust, UV light, and even most harsh chemicals are not a problem. In addition, the casing is all welded low corrosion aluminum making it impossible for rodents or other vermin to penetrate it.
Acoustiblok products are used successfully for rail and mass transit noise issues across the USA including Union Pacific, Washington DC and Seattle rail systems, and many more.
Acoustiblok will be exhibiting the company’s line of products at the Smart Rail USA Congress & Expo on October 27 and 28, in Charlotte, NC at Booth (A-8). Demonstrations of Acoustiblok’s truly revolutionary "Acoustical Real Time Video Imaging System” (ARTVIS™) which allows one for the first time to actually "see" sound in real-time (as you would see thermal contours with a Flir infrared camera) will be held both days. ARTVIS can not only measure the intensity and overall frequency content of the noise and its reflections, but also visually identify the direction, source and frequency spectrum of the noise. Find out more about ARTVIS and Acoustiblok products at www.acoustiblok.com
On track and online on the move: HUBER+SUHNER showcases its groundbreaking solutions for reliable railway communications at SmartRail USA.
Company set to unveil its global Connected Mobility support team for passive connectivity solutions in railway applications.