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Passengers on Utah’s FrontRunner Trains Enjoy High Bandwidth Wi-Fi with RADWIN’s Train-to-Ground Solution.

September 26, 2017 - RADWIN, today announced that the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) has approved the system acceptance testing for FrontRunner commuter train Wi-Fi systems delivered by RADWIN. The project was implemented by contract Systems Integrator, The GBS Group of Virginia Beach, VA. UTA and GBS chose RADWIN’s FiberinMotion® Train-to-Ground solution to deliver free high-speed Wi-Fi to passengers onboard its FrontRunner trains.

UTA’s FrontRunner runs along an 89-mile corridor and serves Weber, Davis, Utah, and Salt Lake Counties; RADWIN’s track side radios were deployed approximately 2 miles/ 3.2 Km apart along 30 miles/48 Km of the corridor North of Salt Lake City. FiberinMotion® was chosen to replace a low-throughput, legacy radio system and was integrated by the GBS Group - RADWIN’s partner and system integrator - in conjunction with a cellular based solution from 21Net.

“New high-speed Wi-Fi train to ground communications has proven to be very successful in our north corridor,” said UTA Manager of Communications and Deployment Kyle Brimley. “With the use of smart phones and tablets onboard our trains growing at an exponential rate, it was decided to upgrade our wireless infrastructure with RADWIN’s FiberinMotion® to provide our passengers with an increased travel experience and enable an improved broadband service. The bandwidth in the area covered by RADWIN systems delivers from 3 to 10 times the broadband that we can achieve with cellular.”

“We are proud to have been chosen by the GBS Group and their client the Utah Transit Authority for this prestigious Wi-Fi on trains project”, said Vice President and Head of Strategic Industries at RADWIN, Nir Hayzler. “Time and again it’s been proven that in order to meet passengers’ Wi‐Fi demands, train operators cannot solely rely on commercial cellular networks. To provide true high capacity and consistent Wi-Fi connectivity to passengers, operators require a dedicated trackside network. By implementing the FiberinMotion® train-to-ground solution, UTA is delivering Wi-Fi onboard its trains with utmost speed, quality and reliability.”

About RADWIN

RADWIN is a leading provider of Point-to-Multipoint and Point-to-Point broadband wireless solutions. Incorporating the most advanced technologies such as a Beam-forming antenna and an innovative Air Interface, RADWIN’s systems deliver optimal performance in the toughest conditions including high interference and obstructed line-of-sight. Deployed in over 170 countries, RADWIN’s solutions power applications including backhaul, broadband access, private network connectivity, video surveillance transmission as well as delivering broadband on the move for trains, vehicles and vessels.

Visit RADWIN: www.radwin.com

RADWIN Sales US: +1-201-252-4224 / HQ: +972-3-769-2820 Email: sales@radwin.com

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Petrotechnics' survey reveals needs for Operational Excellence technology in rail. 

With rail investment set to rise, new technologies will ensure returns

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.

BemroseBooth Paragon

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.

Technology Leaders

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 mkanellos@osisoft.com (510) 877 9331

LILEE Systems Contact: Paola Realpozo sales@lileesystems.com +1 408.988.8672 


Railway Tender Conference 2017

From Bane NOR

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 sales@lileesystems.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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LILEE Systems Contact:

Paola Realpozo
E-mail: sales@lileesystems.com
Phone: +1 408.988.8672 


HUBER+SUHNER to demonstrate latest connectivity solutions for trains at Smart Rail Europe 2017

From Huber+Suhner

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 Group

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 info@knick-interface.com.


Bielefeld in Germany to have €1.63m BOS tunnel radio sytem installed by COMLAB.

From 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 info@knick-interface.com.


Transit Driver Appreciation Day is celebrating Friday March 17th.

 

From Elerts

 

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.”

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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.

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Lean safety technology for rail sector  

From HIMA

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.

From Resonate

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

By HUBER+SUHNER

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 Group
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: hugo.devalk@ab-ovo.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

By Axinom

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.

About UTA

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

By Nokia.

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.”

About Nokia

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.
 
About RADWIN
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.
Visit: www.radwin.com

About MaximaTelecom
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.
Visit: www.maximatelecom.ru 


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.” 

For general STS series and T-Cloud inquiries, please click here or contact sales@lileesystems.com.

For enterprise application partnership inquiries, please click here or contact sales@lileesystems.com.

To meet at the upcoming InnoTrans trade show in Berlin, Sept. 20-23, please click here or contact sales@lileesystems.com.


 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 chrislougee@gwtca.org or our website www.gwtca.org


 

HUBER+SUHNER and Bombardier Transportation sign five-year partnership agreement.

By HUBER+SUHNER

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.

By Worldline

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.

By Expedia

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 contact@comtestwireless.eu.


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.

By Proxim Wireless.

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.

By Alstom. 

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.

By Cyient

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.

By Biarri.

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.

By Icomera.

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)

www.transport-ticketing.com

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

By Transloc

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.

More: www.siemens.com/press/mobility/driverless-metro 


 

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 contact@comtestwireless.eu, 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. 

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Public transport operator Arriva commits to green goals, as world leaders gather in Paris.

By Arriva.

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.

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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:

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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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

By Kontron.

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.

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At SmartRail Asia, Kontron to showcase breadth of transportation computers enabling fast deployment of advanced railway systems.

By Kontron.

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

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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

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MARTA’s Buckhead Subway Station in Atlanta is First to Receive Acoustiblok’s “Quiet” Makeover

By Acoustiblok

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

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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.

By Huber+Suhner 

HUBER+SUHNER, a leading international manufacturer of electrical and optical interconnectivity components and systems, is making a strong case for reliable railway connections at the SmartRail Congress and Expo next month. With a host of readily available products that have already proved extremely valuable to the global railway market, the company will showcase its latest connectivity solutions designed to meet the challenging demands of today’s changing railway infrastructure.

The contemporary rail market brings with it demands like never before, growing needs for constant bandwidth and higher speed data transmission rates are coupled with an intense need for systems that function consistently in diverse environments with the capability for future increased levels of capacity.

“One weak link in the system from the transit passenger interface to the trackside system relaying terabytes of data to the control center can jeopardize an entire system’s performance, erode return on investment and create perpetual maintenance problems,” explains Mark Anderson, North American Railway Market Manager at HUBER+SUHNER.

“Combining the three core technologies of radio frequency, low frequency and fiber optics under one roof, our comprehensive portfolio of radio frequency antennas and cable solutions, railcar and trackside fiber management solutions and databus, power and signal cables and customized assemblies, offer system designers the off-the-shelf solutions they need to meet the challenges of tomorrow.”

With requirements for onboard infotainment and rail system operation changing so rapidly, designs must be as robust as possible to accommodate future functionality demands, while conserving cost to allow projects to be completed on time and under budget. Constraints like railcar weight limitations, test certification compatibility and interference of multiple wireless operating systems are common to almost every project.

Earning the respect of almost every railcar and transit system OEM, thanks to its experience and capabilities to provide customized solutions for the railways of the future, HUBER+SUHNER’s connected mobility technology has enabled the rail consumer experience to become as empowered as ever. Yet it is not only the passenger that seeks and expects data services - control centers, engineers and critical infrastructure such as track switches and level crossings all house their own data demands in order for rail to continue as one of the world’s most efficient modes of transport.

HUBER+SUHNER is well known in the rail industry for its rolling stock products but with a growing number of world-wide success stories under its belt including recent rail projects in New York, São Paolo, Nanjing, Zurich and the UK - it is firmly becoming noted for its trackside products too, offering a complete range of products and solutions for the future of the modern railway.

Drawing all these innovations together, HUBER+SUHNER will be demonstrating a comprehensive portfolio of products that companies in the rail industry can use to fully equip themselves for today’s and future applications.

Visitors to SmartRail USA can discover more about HUBER+SUHNER’s new range of innovative solutions for the railway market in Charlotte from 28-29 October 2015 – Booth G7.

For more information about HUBER+SUHNER at SmartRail Congress and Expo USA please visit http://www.hubersuhner.com/en/Applications/Transportation/Railway

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Francesco Motta announced as Chief Operating Officer

By Comtest Wireless

Comtest Wireless, independent experts in the field of GSM-R and ERTMS test and monitoring solutions announces the appointment of a new Director.

Francesco Motta takes the role of Chief Operating Officer, responsible for Comtest Wireless’ Operational Management in Italy and the UK, including managing Product Development and Product Delivery.Francesco has considerable international senior management expertise within the automotive and machinery sectors, and has spent over 10 years in China. During this time, he held a number of roles including: General Manager for Riello Sistemi China, a group that produces machinery and flexible lines and General Manager - Robotics for Comau China, a worldwide leader in the manufacturing of automatic and flexible systems.

Prior to joining Comtest Wireless, Francesco was Executive Vice President for Pininfarina China, an Italian styling and engineering design house in the automotive sector, supporting several Chinese OEMs in the development of successful cars and improving their positioning in different market areas.
Francesco says “I am delighted to be joining Comtest Wireless at such an exciting time. The company’s expertise and competitive solutions for improving operational efficiencies and safety in GSM-R communications and ERTMS signaling are increasingly in demand. I am looking forward to working with the team to enable even more customers to benefit from these solutions, as we continue to grow.”

Pietro Comerro, founder of Comtest Wireless adds “we are very pleased to welcome Francesco to the Management team. His considerable experience in Operational Management and customer service in the automotive sector and his international background further strengthen the expertise we provide to customers.

Organisations looking to learn more about how they can install GSM-R and ERTMS test and monitoring solutions should email contact@comtestwireless.eu, visit www.comtestwireless.eu or meet Comtest Wireless at UIC GSM-R World Conference - 15-16 September 2015, Paris 

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Coffee retailers give caffeine kick to railway retail sales

By Network Rail

Passengers and station users spent more than £11m at coffee retailers at Britain’s biggest and busiest railway stations from April to June 2015, purchasing the equivalent of 5.1 million cups of coffee. This is up more than 6% on last years’ figures and helped Network Rail achieve a 13th successive quarter of station retail growth, with all profits reinvested in the railway.

Passengers and station visitors at London Victoria spent more at coffee retailers than any other station*, accounting for £1.6m of sales. This is closely followed by London Waterloo (£1.5m) and London Liverpool Street (£1.1m).

Overall like-for-like figures across all retail sectors show average sales for April to June 2015 rose by 3.67% at Network Rail’s 18 managed stations, compared to a slight fall of 0.10% by retailers on the high street, according to the British Retail Consortium.

Two London stations were the best performing for the quarter with Cannon Street (30.4%) and Waterloo (12.89%) recording the highest growth across Network Rail’s estate. Outside London, Bristol Temple Meads, Liverpool Lime Street, Manchester Piccadilly, Leeds and Glasgow all recorded above average growth in this quarter.

The latest footfall statistics show that of the 200m people who used Network Rail stations in Q1, around a third (c.63m people) passed through the retail spaces. As a comparison, this is significantly more people than the 47m who visited Westfield’s Stratford City in its first year of operation.

Network Rail director of retail, Hamish Kiernan, said: “These figures are further evidence of Network Rail’s success in modernising and transforming stations into destinations in their own right. We aim to enhance the overall passenger experience and continue to cater to the demands of the modern traveller, as well as generating retail profit to reinvest in our railway.”

Network Rail has a series of station improvements planned for the coming year, including at Euston and Paddington stations, which will continue to enhance the station environment for passengers and other users. This will contribute to Network Rail’s plans to increase retail space by over 300,000 square feet in the next five years.

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Irish Rail to Deploy Real-Time Diagnostic System from Trimble Company, Nexala

By Trimble

Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) announced today that Irish Rail will be deploying Nexala's R2M real-time remote diagnostics monitoring system across its CAF 29000 commuter fleet of trains. The system allows railway operators to streamline maintenance costs and provide efficiencies across their fleet by automating manual tasks.

Nexala provides an integrated suite of on premise and software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for large transport operators and global train and component manufacturers that manage the lifecycle of rail transport vehicles from operation through maintenance and repair. The Nexala R2M system combines shore-based software and on-train equipment to deliver fault alerts as they occur for effective condition-based maintenance. Communicating with the maintenance depots in real time, the system allows for efficient fault diagnostics and work scheduling by maintenance teams. In addition, by analyzing irregularities of individual components and their behaviors across the entire fleet, the R2M system allows preemptive maintenance actions to be performed to avoid future failures.

With the on-board Nexala Control Unit (NCU), communications and R2M software rolled out on the CAF 29000 commuter fleet, Irish Rail will be able to aggregate data from a range of sources including door control units, alarm concentrators, fuel systems, TELOC data recorders, and Train Management and Diagnostic System (TMDS) on-board computers and transmit them to the data centre where the maintenance teams can monitor the fleet in real time. In addition to real-time monitoring, the Nexala system also provides reporting and trend analysis functions, giving the maintenance teams greater visibility into the overall health of their fleet and allowing them to plan for maintenance accordingly.

The new project follows the successful implementation of the Nexala R2M system across Irish Rail's Hyundai Rotem Class 22000 DMU fleet, which has seen significantly improved performance and reliability since the introduction of the Nexala system. This initiative was the first in the Irish Rail industry where a comprehensive real-time data, transmission and analysis system had been retro-fitted to a complete fleet of trains, delivering real-time information to the Irish Rail control center. Although the original objective for using the Nexala diagnostic system was to improve operational efficiencies and fleet performance, as the project progressed it also delivered broader cross departmental business benefits such as fleet safety, driver performance, timetabling data, and infrastructure and energy analysis.

"Nexala's real-time remote diagnostic system was successfully rolled out across our InterCity Class 22000 fleet in 2013. This has resulted in significant maintenance savings, incident prevention and recovery, and improved operational efficiencies," said Peter Smyth, Irish Rail's chief mechanical engineer. "We look forward to equipping the CAF 29000 commuter fleet so we can experience similar benefits to the implementation on the InterCity Class 22000 fleet."

"Our fundamental focus is to provide solutions that drive agility, improve efficiency and provide better visibility into railway operations to maximize productivity," said John O'Sullivan, CEO of Nexala. "We look forward to working with Irish Rail on the new project."

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Fujitsu Acquires ACT to Strengthen Presence in Burgeoning Digital Ticketing Market

By Fujitsu UK & Ireland

Multimillion pound acquisition will enable Fujitsu to provide intuitive, cloud-based ticketing systems for UK operators

London, August 27, 2015: Fujitsu today announced it has acquired ACT (Applied Card Technologies), the digital ticketing solutions provider. The multimillion pound acquisition will support Fujitsu as it further expands its presence in the transport sector. ACT’s technology will enable Fujitsu to provide cloud-based ticketing systems and solutions to transport operators, allowing them to offer passengers a fast, stress-free, convenient service. 

The deal follows Fujitsu’s recent announcement that it will work with transport company, Arriva, to install the UK rail industry’s first smartphone-based ticket issuing system. ACT’s technology will expand this side of Fujitsu’s business – offering solutions including citizen centric smart accounts, tourism city cards and loyalty reward programmes alongside commercial transport ticketing.

“We live in an increasingly digital-first world with consumers using everything from cloud to smartwatches, to go about their daily lives. Today, for the majority of us, travel is a necessity in day-to-day life. Yet in our Digital Inside Out study, only 39% of the public were satisfied with digital services the transport industry offers,” commented Regina Moran, CEO, Fujitsu UK & Ireland. “This needs to change. As a technology provider to transport operators, we see it as our responsibility to facilitate the sector’s move to digital. ACT is a proven expert in the digital ticketing space and will be a vitally important part of the Fujitsu business.”

In addition to digital ticketing capabilities, Fujitsu will now also be able to offer a range of products to enable transaction processing, CRM and data analytics. The combined power of digital technology and real-time analysis is integral to Fujitsu’s smart city transport programmes with the company believing transport is a key building block to a smart society. As such, residents should be able to use any payment method and data used to inform them and operators in real-time. The acquisition of ACT will allow Fujitsu to offer the UK transport sector the tools to enable this.

“ACT has an excellent track record of delivering innovative ticketing systems and services that are valued by our diverse range of customers,” commented Gary Watts, Chief Executive, ACT. “In recent years, we have developed a range of new services and seen a series of new contract wins. Fujitsu’s investment in ACT provides the foundations for further expansion and we look forward to continuing to service our customers as part of Fujitsu, a company which shares our customer-centric ethos and vision for a connected society. We are excited to be able to combine our next generation ticketing and payments platform with Fujitsu’s global innovation portfolio and look forward to taking the business smoothly to the next level of scale.“

With the extra resources Fujitsu will bring, ACT employees across its business locations will be able to focus on maintaining outstanding service to all customers, while also accelerating its next generation product development – all of which benefit its growing customer portfolio. Further integration with Fujitsu systems will take place in the longer term, led by both organisations’ customer needs and strategic priorities.

“Digital ticketing is key to the future of travel,” added Nigel Shaw, Executive Director, Business and Application Services, Fujitsu UK & Ireland. “Passengers will no longer put up with cumbersome ticket machines, long queues and printed tickets that are easily lost with no digital record readily available to prove they were purchased. This is an alien process to a society which accesses everything from banking to health services with a swipe of a smartphone. The travel sector must digitise and we’re pleased to be announcing the acquisition that will put us at the forefront of this revolution.”

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Wabtec Plans To Acquire Faiveley Transport - Strategic Combination To Expand Geographic Presence, Broaden Capabilities and Enhance Product Innovation.

By Wabtec

Wabtec has confirmed that it plans to acquire Faiveley Transport for a total purchase price of $1.8 billion, including assumed debt. The transaction, which is subject to various conditions, including labor group consultations and other regulatory requirements if approved will create one of the world's largest rail equipment supply companies.

Faiveley Transport, which employs 5700 people in 24 countries, reported annual sales of around $1.2 billion in 2014-15. The company manufactures and supplies products ranging from braking systems and couplers, passenger access systems and platform screen doors, air conditioning, power collectors and converters, and passenger information systems.

Faiveley Transport's headquarters in Gennevilliers, France, will become Wabtec's global transit headquarters under the Faiveley Transport brand name and the transaction recombines former SAB Wabco rail divisions creating a company with total revenues of $4.5 billion.

"Faiveley Transport brings to Wabtec many complementary products, a strong presence in the European and Asian transit industries and solid relationships with blue-chip, global customers," says Raymond T. Betler, Wabtec President and CEO.

Wabtec intends to fund the cash portion of the transaction with cash-on-hand, existing credit facilities, and potentially other debt financing. It expects to realize at least €40 million in annual pre-tax synergies from the takeover, and the transaction is expected to be accretive to Wabtec's earning per diluted share in 2016. Once the transaction is completed, Stéphane Rambaud-Measson, Faiveley Transport's current Chairman of the Management Board and CEO, will join Wabtec as president and CEO of Wabtec's Faiveley Transport group and as Wabtec Corporate Executive Vice President, reporting to Betler. The Faiveley family would pursue its long-term strategic involvement in the railway industry both as a prominent shareholder of Wabtec and as a representative on Wabtec's Board of Directors.

"The combination of our operations with Wabtec would be an excellent strategic move for Faiveley Transport," Rambaud-Measson said. "We complement each other remarkably, both in terms of product portfolios and geographies. This transaction would enable us to pursue our ambition to become a global leader in railway equipment and services for the passenger transit market."

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Heurika Geographics Develops Wide-area Subgrade Inspection Technology

By Heurika Geographics

Once rail tracks have been built, it is nearly impossible to evaluate the state of the subgrade upon which they rest. Over time, subsidence, erosion, flooding, seismic activity and other factors can cause the earth beneath the tracks to lose compaction or develop cavities. Initially this damage does not produce any alteration in the track conditions or geometry, but it can lead to future collapse or track distortion and derailments. As recent disasters worldwide have illustrated, such events can have catastrophic economic and social consequences.

Heurika Geographics (HG) has invented a technology that permits routine non-invasive monitoring of subgrade conditions in order to remedy faults before a disaster occurs. A geo-fabric mesh embedded with passive electronic components is installed just above the subgrade when the track is constructed or reconstructed. Subgrade deterioration affects the condition of the geo-fabric. A sensor array traveling along the track then identifies and localizes areas with problems. For example, the sensor can be mounted on a bogie along with other instrumentation designed to detect more superficial track problems. HG offers visualization and reporting software for track managers to help them understand current track conditions throughout the network as well as to focus in on locations with possible problems.

'Our research indicates that we can provide capabilities not currently available through other technologies,' says Dr. Sally E. Goldin, HG managing director. 'At the same time, our tools can be integrated with other "smart rail" instrumentation to provide an integrated view of track integrity, both above and below the surface.'

HG has applied for patents on their innovation in the U.S., Taiwan, and internationally via the Patent Cooperation Treaty. They have completed two rounds of prototyping and are currently involved in a third set of tests focused specifically on rail. At present, they are seeking joint venture partners in the rail industry as well as investment funding.

For more information, readers should visit www.heurika-geo.com or contact the company at inquiry@heurika-geo.com

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Siemens Velaro train wins "Red Dot" award

By Siemens

The Velaro family of trains has won the coveted "Red Dot" design award for quality in recognition of the platform concept for high-speed trains that can be used to configure very different types of trains. Velaro combines aesthetic design with a high level of functionality.

The jury has recognized the consistent styling throughout the interior and exterior of the new Velaro platform. In terms of detail, this means clearly defined structures and components, joints designed with minimum gaps, no visible screw fittings wherever technically feasible, and particularly ergonomic functionality for components with increased accessibility and user-friendliness requirements. Special emphasis was also placed on material aspects and manufacturing quality in the interior of the train, to reinforce the quality of the product and thus fulfill passengers' comfort expectations.

The Velaro is the first high-speed train to comply with the European "TSI PRM" interoperability specification. This defines parameters and requirements for constructing and refitting rail vehicles and rail infrastructure without barriers. Wheelchair users can access their seats easily, safely, and in comfort thanks to wider entrances, exits, and corridors. Access to restaurant cars is easier thanks to the use of wider intercar gangways. Special lifts enable wheelchair users to board the train without outside help, directly from the platform opposite the train.

The train also complies fully with the TSI PRM requirements for visually impaired passengers, e.g. by providing a strong contrast on handrails and controls and introducing clear directional systems.

The Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen has been celebrating outstanding international product design since 1955 by awarding its famous Red Dot. The manufacturers and designers of a range of industrial products can now apply for the Red Dot in 31 categories. In 2015 companies and designers from 56 countries put forward a total of 4,928 products.

For further information on Siemens, please see www.siemens.com/mobility

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Alcatel-Lucent provides advanced fiber-optic technology for China railway authorities to harness speed of light in train operations.

By Alcatel Lucent

Communications backbone networks of Beijing and Nanning Railway Bureaus upgraded to ensure safe, on-time journeys and support future migration to intelligent rail communications

Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) has been selected by the Beijing and Nanning Railway Bureaus in China to upgrade the ‘backbone’ communications networks of rail lines in China. The authorities will deploy Alcatel-Lucent optical transport technology to enhance communications links and support mission critical rail operations, including operational communications, signalling and video surveillance, to ensure safe and on-time passenger journeys. 

China Railways will deploy the Alcatel-Lucent 1830 Photonic Service Switch (PSS), the latest generation DWDM optical solution, on the Beijing Railway Bureau’s third ring, which connects Beijing to towns and cities via a rail network spanning 623km. This will dramatically increase the performance of the communication network with the implementation of 10G-speed technology, and lay the foundation for future 100G services.

For the Nanning Railway Bureau, Alcatel-Lucent will upgrade the 200km line between the cities of Guilin and Liuzhou to cost-effectively upgrade the embedded SDH solution with advanced multiservice switching. This allows the network to flexibly support high-bandwidth services and prepare for future interoperation with mobile ultra-broadband networks.

Key Facts

  • By deploying Alcatel-Lucent’s agile optical networking technology, the Beijing and Nanning Railway Bureaus gain support for mission-critical communications services today and can seamlessly prepare for a smooth network evolution to higher-bandwidth intelligent rail communications.
  • Alcatel-Lucent’s 1830 PSS platform offers the Beijing Railway Bureau a versatile, high capacity optical backbone for the deployment of advanced rail communications services, including operational signalling, surveillance and telecommunications for both railway staff and passengers. 
  • The deployment of Alcatel-Lucent’s agile optical networking technology will help transform the China railway communications backbone, forming the basis of an intelligent communications infrastructure across the line. This will help deliver an even greater mix of services while supporting safer and more reliable transportation and ensuring passengers are connected through their journey.
Luis Martinez-Amago, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell said: “Alcatel-Lucent is committed to delivering technologies that offer greater network capacity and performance and drive the evolution and convergence of rail communications systems. We are pleased to be working with both the Beijing and Nanning Railway Bureaus to deliver support for mission-critical communications services, thereby ensuring a safer journey’s and a higher-quality experience for all their passengers.”

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Norsat Announces Ramp in Orders for Positive Train Control (PTC) Market

Company expects a significant increase in PTC revenue in 2015 compared to 2014

By Norsat International.

Norsat International Inc. a leading provider of innovative communication solutions that enable the transmission of data, audio and video for remote and challenging applications, today announced the company has recently received orders in excess of $800,000 for its mobile, wayside and base station antennas for exclusive use in positive train control (PTC) applications. This latest order is a positive sign in the railroad sector as it brings total 2015 year to date commitments from customers to purchase approximately $1.3 million worth of Norsat’s ruggedized communication antennas, including base station, locomotive and waystation antennas, in the continuation of the rollout of the government-mandated PTC initiative.  As previously disclosed, these new orders follow a lull in 2014 orders as the rail carriers and U.S. government worked through a series of regulatory and financial hurdles further implementing the PTC program.

PTC is a system of functional requirements for monitoring and controlling train movements as an attempt to provide increased safety, including highly advanced technologies designed to automatically stop or slow a train before certain types of accidents occur. Specifically, PTC, as mandated by Congress in the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (RSIA), must be designed to prevent train-to-train collisions;  derailments caused by excessive speed;  unauthorized incursions by trains onto sections of track where maintenance activities are taking place;  and movement of a train through a track switch left in the wrong position.

Dr. Amiee Chan, chief executive officer of Norsat, commented, “Norsat has taken a leadership position within the PTC market by way of the highly ruggedized and technical features of our antenna and accompanying station applications. Due to the various regulatory and financial hurdles to implement the PTC program, we had seen an absence of any significant orders throughout much of 2014.  However, with the ramp up of orders placed by key suppliers to the program recently and our expected order flow for our antenna as well as base and waystation technology, we are expecting PTC revenues of approximately $2 to $3 million in 2015 and likely each year beyond driven by the continued implementation of the class I railroads, and the expanded deployment of PTC with urban and class II rails over the next decade. We are excited to see 2015 progressing with good order flow from a market in which we expect to be a leader for years to come.”

About Norsat International Inc.
Founded in 1977, Norsat International Inc. is a leading provider of innovative communication solutions that enable the transmission of data, audio and video for remote and challenging applications. Norsat’s products and services include leading-edge product design and development, production, distribution and infield support and service of fly-away satellite terminals, microwave components, antennas, Radio Frequency (RF) conditioning products, maritime based satellite terminals and remote network connectivity solutions. More information is available at www.norsat.com, via email at investor@norsat.com

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Worldline secures First Great Western contract to digitise the railway

By Worldline.

Worldline, the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry, has signed a deal with First Great Western, one of the largest train operating companies in the UK, to increase capacity and modernise the service by delivering digital platform, Integrale.

The Integrale Implementation and Support contract with First Great Western (FGW) will run until 31st March 2019 and will be part of the wider Great Western Mainline modernisation programme, which will see more seats, more services and two new fleets of modern trains.

Lisa Coleman, CEO Worldline, UK, said: “We will be delivering a new digital platform for their controllers across the network which will give them real-time information on train operations. This new system will be a faster and more predictive platform which will enable more trains to run effectively on the track, delivering more passengers, more swiftly across their network.”

Integrale is a data analytics tool developed by Worldline through close collaboration with the Train Operating Companies.  The system has a carefully defined data set of events across the rail network which should be flagged early to train controllers so that it can be effectively used for tasks such as resource planning and timetables. This means the system can be predictive, allowing for any changes that need to be made to be planned for swiftly and effectively. It also gives controllers real-time access to operating information across the network so they can respond and resolve issues that do occur much faster.

First Great Western Operations Director, Ben Rule, said: “Our programme of modernisation is all about delivering more frequent and faster journeys for our customers. Introducing a digital platform for data across our network is one way we can deliver this. Access to early information will be an incredible tool for our controllers, sending alerts in real-time so that resources can be planned more effectively keeping people moving across the Great Western network.”

The main areas in which First Great Western will realise the benefits of adopting Integrale are through better management of staff and resources, early handling of potential issues and streamlining of control processes. The Integrale system delivers significant benefits to the operator and customer such as a faster, more cost effective rail service.

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Nomad Digital wins Remote Condition Monitoring trial for Metro Trains Melbourne

By Nomad Digital

Nomad Digital has won a tender to provide a Remote Condition Monitoring (RCM) proof-of-concept for Metro Trains Melbourne. The initial trial will be carried out on 4 Alstom X’trapolis train units, with scope to implement the RCM technology fleet-wide on a total of more than 400 units, following a successful proof-of-concept.

Nomad’s proposal was supported by its inclusive understanding of Metro Trains Melbourne’s objectives in further improving its operational maintenance regimes, as well as cost savings through the utilisation of detailed operational data - which will enable the operator to pursue more preventative and intelligence-driven maintenance initiatives and practices.

Nomad Digital offered an RCM solution, combined with an innovative and universally adaptable communications platform, which means applications such as live CCTV, passenger information, and passenger entertainment can be enabled in the future.

The proof-of-concept will be designed and deployed by Nomad, and supported by Nomad Tech, a joint-venture between Nomad and EMEF, which brings a combination of established rail engineering and rail maintenance expertise, coupled with leading on-board and on-shore connectivity and remote condition monitoring solutions.

The Nomad team will work closely with Metro Trains Melbourne to implement a RCM methodology that achieves the operator’s long-term operational goals, providing valuable data and analysis tools designed to improve the management, availability and reliability of its fleet, as well as its equipment and on-board train components.

In 2015, the connected remote condition monitoring and unified data management market is valued at £869m, and is expected to grow to £1.1bn by the year 2018.

The value of RCM methodology and solutions for Train Operators was highlighted in a Nomad Digital survey last year, which revealed that 70% of Train Operating Companies claim that running operational costs are one of the biggest challenges facing their organisation presently. Completed by over 60 Train Operator employees, covering Engineering, Operational, Planning and Performance departments, 50% claimed to be planning the introduction of some form of RCM technology implementation by 2019, highlighting a growing emphasis on addressing maintenance costs for operators across the globe.

Nomad’s General Manager for APAC, Moin Majid, said, “Nomad’s real rail engineering knowledge, combined with its global-leading on-board connectivity solution, enables the provision of a complete end to end solution for RCM requirments.

Nomad is supported by its extensive experience in delivering successful projects globally, which gives us the utmost confidence in implementing a successful proof of concept, and taking this deployment further to offer significant operational benefits for Metro Trains Melbourne.”

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Quester Tangent leads the passenger transit market by launching a unique program to manage End-of-Life products.

By Quester Tangent.

  •     Proactive approach to obsolescence management.
  •     EOL notifcations for affected customers.
  •     EOL issues support for all stage of electronics in transit vehicles (new, retrofit and overhaul).

(Victoria, BC – May 7, 2015) – Quester Tangent, North America’s premier supplier of train electronics and software solutions for the passenger rail transportation industry, today launched its product End-of-Life (EOL) management program to maintain its long-term support commitments.

This strategic initiative gives Quester Tangent (QT) the ability to proactively identify and notify customers about EOL issues in their in-service products and components. Supported by a suite of processes and tools, this program regularly monitors electronic components in active designs for End-of-Life concerns. Once component issues are identified, product and customer impact is evaluated and action plans are developed to address the needs for the installed base.

“We’ve showcased our lifecycle commitment by having never terminated the long-term support of a product in Quester Tangent’s 20 year history,” said Stephen McKay, President and CEO at Quester Tangent. “This new initiative solidifies our position in the rail industry and allows us to provide better product support for electronics in a market needing such longevity,” added McKay.

All QT’s historical projects are monitored regularly to identify any affected customers and capture their End-of-Life milestones. A key output of the new program is proactive customer notifications with a defined timeline and action plan to address every EOL issue that has arisen (from transparent component substitutions to product migration). When a product End-of-Life transition is required, Quester Tangent will work closely with customers to review how this notice affects QT products in their fleet. These actions will help fleet operators migrate their in-service product to an updated solution thus limiting any disruption to their daily operations.

For new rail projects, the EOL program will help QT to base its technology choices on components with low EOL risk. Regular obsolescence status reports ensure every QT component lasts for the duration of its use on the train.

"Implementing an obsolescence management plan allows us to control the operational life of every product we supply,” stated William Collins, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at Quester Tangent. “Our end-goal is to provide a smooth supply of our products to support fleet readiness and reduce the total cost of ownership,” concluded Collins.

About Quester Tangent

Founded in 1983, Quester Tangent is a leading North American supplier of train electronics and software solutions for the passenger rail and locomotive industries. The company is certified ISO9001:2008. Quester Tangent features a complete portfolio of technology products for the rail transportation industry: TrainWise, flexible on-board train and locomotive electronics, FleetWise, innovative wayside software and TestWise, comprehensive test equipment products. For more information, visit: QuesterTangent.com or call 1-855-510-7837.

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 Network rail renews contract with SmartWater to continue the fight against crime.

SmartWater, the crime fighting forensic specialist, has been awarded a five year contract, under CP5, from Network Rail to support the organisation’s crime prevention strategy.  The renewed contract is a continuation of the longstanding, innovative partnership between SmartWater and Network Rail, which under CP4, successfully lowered cable theft on a critical section of the UK’s rail network by 54.7%.

During its four-year relationship, SmartWater collaborated closely with British Transport Police and Network Rail to bring traceability to cable infrastructure and greater accountability to would-be thieves. Analysis of Network Rail’s crime data was carried out by SmartWater analysts to identify potential risks, crime hotspots and trends, which allowed for the rapid deployment of SmartWater traceable liquid products and covert cameras to vulnerable locations in order to protect ‘at-risk’ cable. 

The introduction of the SmartWater Strategy™ created a powerful crime deterrent on the LNW line, and over a three year period live cable thefts fell by 54.7%, increasing to 63.4% following the introduction of the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013.  During the same period, delayed minutes to train services on the LNW line were cut by 54.9%, providing a better service to commuters and increasing their confidence in the rail network.

Under CP5 Network Rail will be able to continue with the progress already made, using SmartWater’s branded signage at strategic points along the railway line, which has already proven to deter thieves.  Network Rail will also be able to continue to collaborate with SmartWater on community awareness programmes, covert operations and scrap metal dealer visits as well as use of the forensic liquid for further cable marking.

Commenting on the new contract Phil Cleary, CEO of SmartWater, said: “We are delighted to be continuing our partnership with Network Rail.  Helping the rail industry to innovate its approach to crime reduction has widespread impact, going beyond cable theft to having a positive impact on trespassing and vandalism.  Collectively, this makes the railway safer for passengers, employees and the wider public.  As the railway modernises and expands, then projects like this, which help protect the network, are ever more essential.”

For further information on SmartWater and its range of products and services, please visit www.smartwater.com or call 0800 521 669.

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Ricardo to acquire Lloyd’s Register Rail

By Ricardo

Ricardo plc, a market leading engineering and consulting company, is pleased to announce that it has signed a Share and Asset Purchase Agreement to acquire the business, operating assets and employees engaged in the businesses of Lloyd’s Register Rail (“LR Rail”), from Lloyd’s Register Group Limited (“LR Group”), for a total cash consideration of £42.5 million  (the “Acquisition”).

Highlights:

•    LR Rail is an established international rail consultancy and assurance business with long term blue chip clients.
•    LR Rail will transfer to Ricardo for a total consideration of £42.5m on a cash-free and debt-free basis, payable in cash at completion; transfer is expected to be materially completed on or before 1 July 2015.
•    On completion, Ricardo Rail will be launched to combine LR Rail with Ricardo’s existing rail industry expertise.
•    The Acquisition will be immediately enhancing to underlying earnings.

Dave Shemmans, Chief Executive Officer of Ricardo plc commented: “We are delighted to announce today’s agreement to acquire Lloyd’s Register Rail from Lloyd’s Register Group, which on completion will be immediately enhancing to underlying earnings to Ricardo’s shareholders.“Lloyd’s Register Rail has an impressive market reputation and a very similar culture of quality and excellence in engineering to Ricardo. The combination of their geography, product offering and independent assurance and consultancy expertise complements our own, and will position Ricardo for the growth in this important sector. We believe that increasing global urbanisation will create a growing demand for assurance, consulting and engineering expertise in rail to drive safety, efficiency and sustainability.

“With the team from Lloyd’s Register Rail, we will be able to provide an expanded range of value-added services to our customers across a significantly enhanced global footprint. It is a well-established business with long term customer relationships and is a complementary fit to Ricardo in terms of culture, geography, product offering and business model. We look forward to welcoming Lloyd’s Register Rail employees to the global Ricardo team and are excited about the prospects for the new Ricardo Rail business.”

Information on Lloyd’s Register Rail and rationale for the transaction

LR Rail is an established rail consultancy and independent assurance business with a wide range of international blue chip clients. In respect of the year ended 30 June 2014, LR Rail recorded on a standalone basis revenue of £48.1 million, standalone EBITDA of £3.7 million* and gross assets of £19.7 million, excluding cash and intra group balances.  For the year ending 30 June 2015, LR Rail is currently expected to deliver revenue in excess of £50 million and a standalone EBITDA margin of approximately 8 per cent. LR Rail currently has a 12 month order book totalling in excess of £50 million. LR Rail has a total of 440 rail engineers and specialists located at offices across Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

LR Rail uses its understanding of critical and complex technologies and its independent expert advice to provide services ranging from independent assurance services, rolling stock design, signalling and train control, intelligent rail systems, operational efficiency improvement and training. LR Rail’s client base consists of international blue chip organisations with which it has long-standing relationships, including Network Rail, Nederlandse Spoorwegen, Hitachi Rail Europe Limited, Cross Rail Limited, MTR and Etihad Rail.

Ricardo’s growth strategy is underpinned by global challenges related to urbanisation, resource scarcity, air quality, climate change, energy security, sustainability and waste. This Acquisition is central to the delivery of growth in Transportation and Security, one of the company’s three strategic pillars alongside Energy and Scarce Resources and Waste. Rail is a key area for strategic growth for Ricardo and this Acquisition will enable the Group to accelerate activity levels and enhance Ricardo’s reputation in the sector.
The Acquisition of LR Rail and the future growth of this business is driven by the increasing global interest in urban and high speed networks and the integration of critical and complex rail technologies as governments respond to accelerating levels of urbanisation. Ricardo sees a strong and increasing demand for technical consulting and assurance services in the rail sector. A combination with LR Rail will bring an extended offering to an enlarged global client base of which there is limited overlap and significant opportunities for joint growth.

Details of the transaction

Ricardo will acquire the whole of the issued share capital of Lloyd's Register Rail Limited and Lloyd's Register Rail Europe B.V. together with various other assets relating to the rail business of Lloyd's Register Group Limited and the group of companies of which it is the ultimate holding company. Total cash consideration for the acquisition will be £42.5 million, on a cash-free and debt-free basis and subject to adjustment to reflect normalised levels of working capital at the date of completion. The consideration will be funded from the Group’s enlarged £75 million bank facilities. The Acquisition will be immediately enhancing to underlying earnings.

The transfer of LR Rail to Ricardo is expected to be materially completed on or before 1 July 2015. The business will operate as the core of a new international rail business within Ricardo plc and combined with Ricardo’s existing rail industry expertise, to be branded Ricardo Rail. Current LR Rail Managing Director Paul Seller will take on the role of Managing Director of the Ricardo Rail business and will report into the CEO of Ricardo. In parallel with the establishment of the Ricardo Rail business, a standalone assurance management entity, to be known as Ricardo Certification Ltd, will also be established to hold and manage all future accreditations, enabling the complete independence of assurance services. A transitional services agreement will remain in place throughout the transition of LR Rail from LR Group to Ricardo.

Notes:
* For the year ended 30 June 2014, depreciation for LR Rail was £0.2m.

About Lloyd’s Register Rail

Lloyd’s Register Rail is a leading international specialist rail consultancy and independent assurance business with a proven track record of providing expert independent assurance and consultancy services to organisations across the industry to help develop, assure and improve the safety, quality and performance of the world’s rail systems. Lloyd’s Register Rail has an international reach and presence through a network of 17 regional offices across Europe, Asia and the Middle East, with a team of over 440 rail engineers and specialists.

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Rajant Expands markets for flagship private wireless network technology.

 By Rajant

 BreadCrumb® LX5 Mesh Network Nodes Help Organizations in Oil and Gas, Transportation, and Government Improve Operational Effectiveness, Productivity

Malvern, Pa. – Organizations are exploring new ways to improve secure communications and productivity for employees and physical assets comprising their infrastructures.  Almost five-million connected “things” exist today, and that number will grow to 25-billion by 2020, according to market research firm Gartner.

To address this proliferation of connected people, machines and equipment, Rajant announced today market expansion of its flagship private wireless network technology.  A pioneer in mobile communications and wireless network infrastructure, Rajant makes powerful, kinetic mesh wireless networks, which offer real-time access to critical applications in voice, data and video.  Businesses, in turn, realize improved operational effectiveness, Quality of Service (QoS), productivity and return on investment (ROI).

With a pedigree in military and mining applications, Rajant is now expanding the availability of its BreadCrumb® LX5 portable wireless mesh network technology to oil and gas, transportation, municipalities and other sectors of industry.

Traditional mesh networks are capable in stable environments.  But when organizations require high-levels of mobility, throughput and scalability, kinetic mesh networks like Rajant’s have demonstrated greater reliability and security.

“Businesses across industries desire efficiencies in their operations for better decision-making, but they have to weigh the cost of collecting the necessary data for achieving such goals,” said Robert Schena, CEO and Co-Founder of Rajant.  “Our kinetic mesh network with BreadCrumb LX5 technology provides scalable, mobile and high-bandwidth communications, which drive down the cost of obtaining that next unit of information, so that people, machines and equipment can communicate and thrive.  Static networks are no longer useful.  What’s needed is a ‘Living Network’ – adaptable, smart, productive and dynamic – and mobile enough to meet changing organizational demands.”

Rajant BreadCrumb LX5 wireless nodes create a private wireless mesh network when deployed with other BreadCrumb nodes.  The more nodes added to the network, the more paths for communication are established, a differentiating factor relative to other networking technologies.  The nodes use multiple radios to perform multiple functions concurrently.  Each node is independent with full routing capabilities.

“We have found the Rajant BreadCrumb network the only wireless ‘make before break’ network infrastructure in the marketplace, reducing any downtime or service disruption,” said Éric L’Heureux, President and CEO, Ambra Solutions in Montreal.  “With a Rajant private wireless network, industrial customers are able to establish real-time reliable communication and access, especially for vehicles and people constantly on the move.”

Rajant’s patented InstaMesh® routing protocol functions as a “mobility enabler within the BreadCrumb network,” and determines the best path and conditions for communication.  Using intelligent path selection, it can dynamically change frequency routes to avoid interference and maintain connectivity.  The results are a high-throughput, low-latency network.

Benefits of BreadCrumb LX5 Technology

  • Supports radio frequencies of 900 Mhz, 2.4 GHz,  and 5 GHz, increasing the paths of communication and mitigating interference
  • Includes up to four transceivers and up to six antennas for MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) use, increasing the level of network redundancy
  • Supports a maximum physical data rate of 270 Mbps
  • Supports controller functionality on each node, eliminating single points of failure
  • Supports multiple encryption options to ensure network and data security and integrity
  • Easily integrates with third-party satellite, wired, point to point wireless and Wi-Fi devices
  • Scalable to hundreds of high-bandwidth nodes
  • Supports the Internet of Things and Machine-to-Machine communications

About Rajant Corporation

Rajant Corporation is the exclusive provider of private wireless networks powered by patented Kinetic Mesh technology, BreadCrumb® network nodes, and InstaMesh® routing software. With Rajant, customers can rapidly deploy a highly adaptable and scalable network that leverages the power of real-time data to deliver on-demand, critical business intelligence from the field. Rajant BreadCrumbs can seamlessly integrate with any Wi-Fi or Ethernet-connected device to deliver low-latency, high-throughput data, voice and video applications across the meshed, self-healing network. With the ability to take private network applications and data everywhere, Rajant networks are used across a broad array of industries, including military, industrial, transportation, utilities, telecommunications, and all levels of governments. For more information, visit www.rajant.com.

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Trafikverket Improves ERTMS & Interference Management Using Comtest Wireless Combined Monitoring Solutions

By Comtest Wireless

Active and passive testing with combined performance analysis tools, make it faster and easier to monitor and manage GSM-R service quality.

DD March 2015 – Comtest Wireless, independent experts in the field of GSM-R and ERTMS test and measurement solutions have enabled Trafikverket to better monitor the quality of GSM-R networks and therefore, minimise issues with ERTMS deployments.

In 2012, Trafikverket required a highly robust solution to test the quality of GSM-R functionality at every interface, both before and after deploying ERTMS along each line. Amongst the reasons for Comtest Wireless winning the public tender were the strength of its expertise and the unique ability to provide a combined test and measurement solution.

Today, Trafikverket is able monitor performance at every interface 24/7 using active monitoring on-board via cab radios and scanners, as well as passive monitoring along the track, using probes. Since then, Trafikverket has not only saved considerable time and effort identifying network issues; it has also discovered an additional benefit – interference management. As Comtest Wireless provides the ability to collect and store data for many years, Trafikverket are able to access historical records. This has helped in their interference analysis process, as they can compare current and historic data to help determine the reasons for interference issues.

Magnus Jakobsson is responsible for implementing the Comtest Wireless solution at Trafikverket. He says “When Trafikverket started to deploy ERTMS, it was difficult to identify whether an “ERTMS –problem” was a radio problem or a signalling problem. It could take us weeks to pinpoint and address a problem in the correct way.

After deploying Comtest Wireless’s combined test and measurement solution, we now have automated, 24/7 monitoring that covers the entire network. It often takes only minutes to identify the source of the issue, which is a huge saving in time and resources.”

Carlo Ughetti, Director at Comtest Wireless adds “as public mobile operators rolling out 3G and 4G networks in the 900MHz band can cause interference with GSM-R under certain conditions, Trafikverket has found the monitoring system has another valuable benefit. Not only can it help to identify where and when the quality of service is affected but it also helps to determine whether this can be attributed to any changes made by the mobile operators. When new transmitters are installed or frequency variations are deployed for example, the Comtest Wireless solution can easily access current data to pinpoint issues and also compare the quality of service with historical measurements, which has helped Trafikverket to identify issues effectively.”

Organisations looking to learn more about how they can install GSM-R and ERTMS monitoring solutions or to find out more about interference performance management should contact Comtest Wireless at contact@comtestwireless.eu or visit www.comtestwireless.eu.

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Kapsch and Algerian Railways SNTF to sign contract for a joint venture

By Kapsch CarrierCom

Kapsch CarrierCom and the Algerian railways operator SNTF (Société Nationale des Transports Ferroviaires) signed a contract on the joint venture Rail-Telecom. The Austrian railways expert and SNTF are taking steps to make Algerian railway system fit for the future. The agreement foresees a knowledge transfer initiative, the supervision and maintenance of the Algerian railways telecommunication networks, including the nationwide GSM-R (Global System for Mobile Communications – Railway) and SDH (Synchronous Digital Hierarchy) fiberglass backbone, and promising infrastructure projects to be realized within the upcoming years.

The main goals of the partnership are to grow and establish railway telecommunications know-how in Algeria; to educate, train and supervise local experts, and finally to build, supply and maintain the Algerian railway network with state-of-the-art telecommunication technology. For this reason the company Rail-Telecom is now under joint ownership of SNTF (51%) and Kapsch CarrierCom (49%) as shareholding partners. Furthermore, this joint venture will become a center of excellence in Algeria, in order to offer their services and expertise in the region.

“The Maghreb region and many parts of the Middle East have developed into an important target market for us in recent years, and will offer enormous potential for our sector in the future too. The knowledge generated from the joint venture between Kapsch and SNTF will support Algeria’s railway infrastructure project,” stated Kari Kapsch, CEO of Kapsch CarrierCom.

This joint venture follows a memorandum of understanding signed between Kapsch and SNTF in July 2013 to increase cooperation in the sector of secured telecommunication for railways. Kapsch has been the strategic supplier of Algerian railways for the GSM-R network and transmission backbone for more than 9 years. During that time the company has already deployed more than 3,000 km of rail track in Algeria within multiple projects, including lines such as El Gourzi Touggourt, Saida Moulay Slissen or Rocade Nord.

Future investment

To build and maintain a complete state-of-the-art railway network is a cornerstone of economic growth in Algeria, and the national railway network extends to approximately 4,500 km. Thanks to the large infrastructure initiative of the Algerian government, enhanced construction and modernization is now ongoing. The railway network will be expanded within the following years; plans are up to 12,000-14,000 km until 2025. Within the scope of Algeria’s infrastructure project, approximately USD 26,7 billion will be spent for the expansion and modernization of the railway network.

Intense economic cooperation

Austria and Algeria have a long history of economic partnerships in many industries and specifically when it comes to the railways industry, with an active cooperative agreement on rail signed in September 1987. Between the two countries a double tax is applied, as well as an investment protection agreement. Algeria is the largest country in Africa, the fifth largest exporter of natural gas worldwide, and the fourth largest producer of oil in Africa. With a gross domestic product of about USD 230 billion in 2014, the country is the third largest economy in Africa. For the Austrian economy, Algeria is the second largest trading partner on the continent (after South Africa) and the most important in North Africa. Austrian companies with investments in Algeria can be found in the engineering and planning areas, as well as in the construction sectors.

Kapsch CarrierCom is a leading, global systems integrator, manufacturer and supplier of end-to-end telecommunications solutions. The company offers innovative, business and mission-critical solutions for rail and urban public transport operators, carrier networks and energy supply companies. Kapsch CarrierCom is a trusted partner to organisations, who benefit from a comprehensive array of professional services and round-the-clock customer service. With nine research and development centres in Europe and Asia, Kapsch CarrierCom is constantly pushing the boundaries of technology. In addition, the company works with an ecosystem of strategic partners to maximise value for clients and help them increase their business success. Kapsch CarrierCom is part of the Kapsch Group and is headquartered in Vienna, Austria.

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Quester Tangent affirmed as a global supplier for Alstom Transport

By Quester Tangent

Global framework agreement with Quester Tangent enables Alstom Transport to benefit from advanced design and manufacturing technology for railway projects worldwide

Quester Tangent, North America’s premier supplier of train electronics and software solutions for the rail transit industry, is pleased to announce the confirmation of a global framework agreement with Alstom Transport.

This long-term agreement marks a significant step in the two companies' strategic partnership and follows a string of successful projects. These include delivery of electronic systems and integration for various North American fleet operators including Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), and Port Authority Transit Corporation (PATCO).

“This agreement further strengthens our partnership with Alstom, and confirms Quester Tangent’s position as a strategic supplier in their global supply chain,” stated Dan Cumming, Director of Sales and Marketing at Quester Tangent.

The global framework agreement will cover collaboration in electronic solutions and services for all rail transit bids.

About Quester Tangent

Founded in 1983, Quester Tangent is a leading North American supplier of train electronics and software solutions for the passenger rail and locomotive industries. The company is certified ISO9001:2008. Quester Tangent features a complete portfolio of technology products for the rail transportation industry: TrainWise, flexible on-board train and locomotive electronics, FleetWise, innovative wayside software and TestWise, comprehensive test equipment products. For more information, visit: QuesterTangent.com or call 1-855-510-7837.

About Alstom Transport

Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest capacity automated metro in the world, provides turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. Alstom Transport is present in over 60 countries and employs around 28,300 people. More details at: Alstom.com

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Transporting goods from Asia to the EU – What role for intermodality?

By Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER)

On 24 February, the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) and the Latvian Presidency of the EU jointly organised a political debate on the role of intermodality in the transport of goods from Asia to the EU. The event was a good occasion to reflect upon current obstacles preventing rail and rail-road combined transport from realising their full potential, and on possible policy measures to reinforce the competitiveness of the terrestrial Euro-Asian link against the currently dominant maritime route.

The debate focused on how the terrestrial route from Asia to Europe may constitute a viable alternative to the maritime routes (via the Suez Channel or via the Cape of Good Hope). The terrestrial route can potentially cut transit time by up to two thirds compared to the maritime alternatives. In addition, the use of rail-road combined transport can decrease energy consumption by this same proportion compared to maritime transport and significantly more compared to transporting goods by air and thus contribute to the EU environment targets and the Transport White Paper ambitions.

Deputy State Secretary of the Latvian Ministry of Transport Dins Merirands said: “While most of the traffic between Asia and Europe uses maritime routes, I believe that further development of inland transport routes would provide additional credible and competitive transport options. I also truly believe that railway transport can be more competitive both in terms of time and cost when production areas are situated relatively far from the ports, such as in China and India, and cargo is destined for southern or eastern European countries. Therefore, it is important to stress that Euro–Asian rail transport, and its intermodal combination with maritime and road transport, has already proved that it is a feasible and competitive transport option.”

CER Executive Director Libor Lochman added: “The projected increase of trade between Asia and Europe and the perspective of medium-term energy scarcity and rising energy prices urgently necessitate the development of a terrestrial alternative to maritime and air transport on the Euro-Asian axis. Rail-road combined transport and rail transport have strong assets, such as speed, safety, sustainability and energy efficiency. They are particularly suited to Euro-Asian traffic. However, the development of the terrestrial route requires political commitment from the countries concerned along its whole stretch. Within the European Union itself, CER calls on the European Commission to reinforce the East-West links by encouraging Central and Eastern European countries to invest in the necessary infrastructure.”

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Quester Tangent on track to become a certified supplier for New York City Transit Authority

By Quester Tangent.

Quester Tangent, North America’s premier supplier of train electronics and software solutions for the rail transit industry, has signed a loan agreement with New York City Transit Authority (NYCT), a first step towards becoming an approved supplier for the busiest and largest mass transit network in the United States and Canada.

According to the terms of the agreement, Quester Tangent will design and install its train control and monitoring and diagnostic (MDS) system on an NYCT R142 subway car. The system will run for a 12 month demonstration period to prove its reliability and adaptability to the demanding NYCT passenger rail environment. After a successful evaluation, Quester Tangent will become a qualified supplier of trainline control & networks and MDS systems for future NYCT procurements.

With 11 of the top 20 transit authorities as customers, Quester Tangent continues to expand its presence in the North American passenger rail industry. “Securing this loan agreement with NYCT represents a significant step for our company,” commented Stephen McKay, CEO of Quester Tangent. “It serves as a vote of confidence in our expertise and products suite and showcases our commitment to building strong relationships with our customers,” he added.

It is anticipated that the train electronics equipment will be fully installed and operating by April 2015.

About Quester Tangent

Founded in 1983, Quester Tangent is a leading North American supplier of train electronics and software solutions for the passenger rail and locomotive industries. The company is certified ISO9001:2008. Quester Tangent features a complete portfolio of technology products for the rail transportation industry: TrainWise, flexible on-board train and locomotive electronics, FleetWise, innovative wayside software and TestWise, comprehensive test equipment products. For more information, visit: QuesterTangent.com or call 1-855-510-7837.

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Liverpool Street and Euston stations choose Morley-IAS control panels for fire safety system update.

Robust, multi-protocol ZX5Se panels used to expand fire safety solution beyond original station footprint and incorporate requirements of retail units, protecting staff and public users.

By Morley-IAS by Honeywell , Honeywell and Integr8 Ltd (formerly Kingfell Engineering Ltd)

London’s Liverpool Street and Euston Stations are now equipped with newly-installed Morley-IAS control panels, upgrading the capacity and coverage of the existing fire safety systems and providing centralised monitoring and alert management.

With over 63 million passenger entries and exits in 2012-13 [ORR], London Liverpool Street is one of the busiest railway stations in the United Kingdom. It is one of 19 UK stations managed directly by Network Rail and has 18 platforms. Liverpool Street’s new fire safety system comprises six networked Morley ZX5Se control panels and repeater panels and supports 16,000 addressable devices, providing comprehensive protection across the site, including the ground floor shops.

Also managed by Network Rail, Euston has catering units and shops, a large ticket hall and an enclosed car park with over 200 spaces. At this station, the fire safety solution comprises 11 networked Morley ZX5Se control panels and repeater panels linked to 17,000 devices.

Designed and installed in two separate projects undertaken over a three-month period, the fire safety systems at both sites conform to safety standards and provide coverage across all areas where people are working and circulating. This includes platforms, shops, ticketing areas, public conveniences, staff areas, loading bays and service areas, as well as offices that are let to contractors and other third-parties.  

Information about key aspects of the solution such as pumps and tanks is relayed back to the master panel and viewed centrally via a graphic interface on a live display in the control room. The solution pinpoints the precise location of the alarms with a built-in delay time of ten minutes, so that live situations can be tracked and investigated, avoiding unnecessary disruption due to false alarms. If a second device is activated during this period or staff do not cancel the alert, the system automatically accelerates it to an evacuation.

Designed and installed by London-based, LPCB-accredited Integr8 Ltd (formerly Kingfell Engineering Ltd), the life safety system is configured to trigger the Public Alarm Voice Alarm (PAVA) system for voice messages as well as a series of coded alert messages and evacuation messages. It also comprises external displays at station entrances and exits, to warn people who are approaching the building not to enter in the event of a public safety incident.

“Since the original Morley panels were fitted in the mid-1990s as part of the London Station improvement programme, both stations have changed a great deal,” says Steve Hitchings, Technical Director, Integr8. “This has created a need to upgrade the panels so they are able to manage devices in areas of the stations that were not part of the original footprint. The flexibility offered by the open Protocol ZX5Se made them the right choice for these extensive and important projects.”           

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Siemens to modernize the signaling system of the Düsseldorf Light Railway

By Siemens

The mass transit company, Rheinbahn AG, has commissioned Siemens to bring the signaling system of the Düsseldorf Light Railway up to the state of the art over the next few years. As the inner-city tunnel of the Rheinbahn is on one of the busiest light rail lines in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, conversion will take place in several stages to avoid disrupting transit services. This line is around 11 kilometers long and is scheduled to be reopened in autumn 2018.

Düsseldorf started building the light rail system in the 1970s and 1980s. The equipment in the tunnels is therefore now between 30 and 40 years old.
As spare parts are no longer available for this old technology, the signaling system needs to be modernized.

Siemens will equip the lines with the Trainguard ZUB 222 train protection system for semi-automated operation. The driver will still drive and brake the train manually, but a train protection system will monitor its speed continuously. The Controlguide Vicos OC operations control system will automatically supervise and control the trains. The present relay interlocking will also be replaced by a Trackguard Sicas ECC electronic interlocking.

Rheinbahn operates 110 bus and light rail and commuter rail routes, carrying around 720,000 passengers each weekday in an area with over one million inhabitants. It has a fleet of 135 LRT vehicles, 175 trams and 425 buses which serve no less than 1,651 stops. Each year, these vehicles cover some 48.2 million kilometers, which is 130 times the distance from the Earth to the moon.

You will find photos and more detailed information at: http://siemens.com/press/mobility/newsletter

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 Eurotunnel announces order for 3 new Freight Shuttles to meet growing demand

By Eurotunnel

With the British economy continuing to grow and cross-Channel traffic flows concentrating on the shortest routes as a result of environmental constraints, the market in the strait of Dover is set to grow over the coming years.

In order to reach the target of transporting 2 million trucks per year in 2020, Eurotunnel today announces the order of three new freight shuttles to add to the 15 in its existing fleet.

These additions to the fleet will enable Eurotunnel to increase its capacity by 20% and to run up to 8 departures per hour at peak, compared to 6 currently. This immediacy of departure added to the established speed of crossing is a major differentiating factor which will enhance the attraction and the competitiveness of the Eurotunnel service.

The new, €40 million order, has been placed, following a European tender process, with WBN Waggonbrau Niesky GmbH. It is for the construction of three new shuttles, each 800 metres long, with 32 carrying wagons, 3 loader wagons and a carriage to transport the truck drivers.

The new shuttles will be built using the latest technology to ensure that energy efficiency and strength are coupled with reliability: they will be fully interoperable with the existing shuttles. Delivery is set for the end of 2016 and early 2017.

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Bombardier Supports the Evolution of Mobility in Asia at SmartRail

By Bombardier

  • Bombardier Transportation showcases its latest rail technology for Asia
  • A total solution provider, Bombardier is well-placed for integrated rail development
  • Growing hub in Bangkok reflects commitment to the region

Bangkok, November 24, 2014 – Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation is presenting its range of total mobility solutions at SmartRail, one of Asia’s leading railway trade exhibitions.

As a sponsor of the event being held in Bangkok, between 26 - 28 November, Bombardier is showcasing its latest technology for the evolution of mobility across the region.

“This is an exciting time to be discussing an integrated rail network for Asia,” said Gregory Enjalbert, Bombardier Transportation, Head of Rail Control Solutions Division Asia Pacific. “I fully believe that rail has a major role to play as the ASEAN community and connectivity across the whole region continues to develop. With 28 sites and expertise spanning the sector, Bombardier systems are already moving millions in cities from Delhi to Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai to Singapore, and on extensive mainline systems such as in China, India, Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand.”

Bombardier’s latest rail vehicles, transit systems and signalling solutions for mainline and mass transit operations, proven for the Asia market and increasingly designed and produced in the region, will be showcased at Bombardier’s stand (F1). Visitors can also attend seminars on the BOMBARDIER INTERFLO mainline and BOMBARDIER CITYFLO communications-based train control (CBTC) mass transit rail control solutions.

With trends focused on urbanisation, technology on show will include the BOMBARDIER MOVIA metro, the smart, green, high capacity urban mobility solution, as being delivered in Singapore. The turnkey BOMBARDIER INNOVIA APM automated people mover system for airports or urban transit has an unprecedented track record for reliability and availability at more than 25 locations worldwide. Total solutions extend to rail control, including the advanced CITYFLO 650 CBTC solution, in delivery or operation on over 30 lines globally, including in Bangkok.

As borders are becoming easier to cross, mainline rail is becoming increasingly important. The BOMBARDIER TRAXX DE (Diesel-Electric) locomotives for passenger or freight are well known for high reliability, excellent traction, energy efficiency and low maintenance costs. INTERFLO mainline 2 signalling solutions for commuter, intercity and high-speed applications are spanning countries and providing interoperable solutions to cross borders. Bombardier’s European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) technology is in operation across the globe on approximately 24,000 km of track and on over 2,800 vehicles.

The event is also a further milestone in the development of Bombardier’s presence in Thailand. Bangkok is the base for Bombardier's Asia Pacific Hub for both its Rolling Stock and Rail Control Solutions Regional Businesses. Its 17-year presence in Bangkok has secured Bombardier as a leader in high-end rail industry work in Thailand with a full commitment to developing local talent. Since 1997, the site has been developed as the Regional Centre for Signalling Engineering and since 2014 as the Asian Centre of Engineering (ACE) for Rolling Stock.

Today the growing base employs a team of over 450 employees, delivering rail projects for Thailand, Asia and worldwide. Its signalling team is the global engineering lead for two major product lines, the CITYFLO 450 and CITYFLO 650 CBTC solutions. The ACE setup is boosting Bombardier’s position to capture the growing opportunities in Asia Pacific and is strengthening the foundation for longer-term partnership with customers and business partners in the Region.

For more news and information visit bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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Siemens automates line section for high-speed trains in Spain

By Siemens Mobility Division

 Order worth for consortium around 510 million euros

  • Signaling and control technology to increase the safety of passenger services
  • High-speed line links Northern Spain and Madrid

Siemens is in a consortium with the French technology business Thales that is to modernize the control, signaling and safety equipment on the roughly 340-kilometer section of high-speed line between Olmedo and Ourense in Northern Spain. A corresponding order has been awarded by the Spanish operator Administrador de infraestructuras Ferroviarias (ADIF). The order has a total value of around 510 million euros for the consortium. The contract includes installation of the automatic train protection and control system, telecommunication and traffic control systems, as well as maintenance of the systems for 20 years.

To improve passenger safety, Siemens will equip the high speed line with interlocking, the associated train control system ASFA (Automatic Braking and Announcement of Signals) and central control technology. The scope of delivery covers balises, track circuits, video monitoring systems and access control systems. Thales will supply the ETCS Level 2 automatic train control system, LED color light signals, wheel detectors and axle counting systems for fail-safe train detection, as well as with fixed communication equipment.

With 2,600 route kilometers, the Spanish high-speed railway network is the largest in Europe. As the first part of the high-speed line between Madrid and Galicia, the line section from Madrid to Valladolid was opened in December 2007 to link Northern Spain with the capital. This was followed in December 2011 by the line

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RAD's SecFlow Named Top Cybersecurity Product in Fierce Innovation Awards: Energy Edition Competition

By RAD

RAD's SecFlow cybersecurity product family has been recognized with the 2014 Fierce Innovation Cybersecurity Award, presented by the publishers of FierceEnergy and FierceSmartGrid.

RAD’s SecFlow ruggedized Ethernet switch/router provides resilient, managed cybersecurity controls specifically designed to address the needs and vulnerabilities of power utilities. NERC-CIP compliant and IEC 61850-certified, SecFlow multi-functional devices combine communications and critical-asset protection to enable SCADA, Ethernet and IP security in remote substations. SecFlow uses deep packet inspection, encryption and a distributed service-aware firewall to secure and monitor all industrial protocol commands between RTUs, control stations or HMIs to verify authenticity and validity.

Winners of the Fierce Innovation Awards: Energy Edition were selected by a panel of judges from companies such as Pacific Gas and Electric, San Diego Gas & Electric, Portland General Electric, CenterPoint Energy, Duke Energy, Florida Power & Light, and Commonwealth Edison. Products were evaluated based on technology innovation, financial impact, market validation, ability to integrate into existing network environments, end-user customer experience, and overall level of innovation.

“Critical networks have unique security demands that require both inventiveness and expertise in the type of applications and services that they run,” noted Ulik Broida, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at RAD. “This is precisely why we have implemented a defense-in-depth approach in designing SecFlow and equipping it with an all-threat protection toolkit, and are pleased that the judges recognized this in evaluating our innovation.”

SecFlow is part of RAD’s comprehensive Service Assured Networking solution, which delivers mission-critical reliability, smooth-migration to NGN communications and robust security.

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Rajant Expands Market Reach with Launch of new Channel Partner Program

 Company targets larger global customer base with its tiered channel program

By Rajant Corporation, the pioneer of kinetic mesh networks and provider of proven, multi-frequency mesh networking infrastructure, today announced that it is launching a channel partner program to grow its customer base worldwide.

With the growing demand for wireless networking solutions that are secure, scalable and able to support a wide range of applications for true mobility, Rajant’s kinetic mesh networking solutions are uniquely positioned for rapid deployment across the globe. The strength of Rajant’s networking infrastructure lies in its ability to support a variety of real-time communication applications — including voice, video and data — with continuous reliable, high-bandwidth connections across multiple moving assets.

Through its new Kinetic Mesh Partner Program, Rajant plans to work closely with authorized distributors and their respective reseller and integrator partners to introduce its kinetic mesh infrastructure to a broader range of customers and vertical markets. With key partners TESSCO Technologies Incorporated, Border States Electric, Hutton Communications, Inc. (Canada) and Scan RF Projects (Africa), Rajant is looking to further accelerate its leadership in the military, mining and oil & gas markets, while expanding into new markets, such as transportation/rail, state and local municipalities and utilities.

“Our customers are increasingly asking us to help them solve difficult networking challenges, often in remote or unconventional locations,” said Scott McClure, Director of Network Systems at TESSCO Technologies Incorporated (www.tessco.com). “Until now, there have been limited, viable options for providing our customers with a truly mobile high bandwidth wireless solution that is built to withstand the toughest environments. With the addition of Rajant, we can offer a dynamic mesh solution to meet the most demanding mobile networking problems our customers face.”

Rajant’s channel partners will have access to its full portfolio of products that together make up its kinetic mesh networking infrastructure, featuring its proven, ruggedized BreadCrumb® mesh nodes. The nodes, along with Rajant’s InstaMesh® routing software, form an ultra-reliable, self-healing network that is capable of handling a variety of applications. The kinetic mesh networking infrastructure provides end users with the necessary capacity, reliability and scalability to keep all their critical applications running, including voice, video and data management applications.

“Service Excellence is what we do at Border States – we’ve seen a significant increase in the number of customers looking for a rugged, scalable solution that that can provide reliable, real-time connectivity to high-value assets and Rajant will help us provide high quality products,” said Michael Woods, Business Development Manager, at Border States. “We are excited to be one of four distributors selected to offer Rajant’s products – their Kinetic Mesh Networking technology provides us with a scalable, rapidly deployable solution to replace outdated systems without a complete overhaul of the existing network.”

“As a proven leader in mesh networking solutions for over a decade, we see the opportunity to leverage a very strong channel of wireless resellers and integrators as the next logical step in our company and product acceleration roadmap,” said Kirk Byles, VP of Sales and Marketing at Rajant. “With their varied areas of expertise, we believe that we have assembled the highest quality channel partners that will help grow our customer base.”

The Rajant Kinetic Mesh Partner Program is strategically designed to help its partners professionally specify, design and install Rajant Kinetic Mesh solutions. Through Rajant’s   tiered partner program, resellers will have access to multiple levels of training, technical resources and marketing and sales tools to help drive and close sales at every stage. To learn more about how to become a Rajant partner, please visit  http://www.rajant.com/partners.

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Corethree Announces Deal with Translink To Overhaul M-Ticketing App to Include New Features

By Corethree

Corethree, the leader in m-ticketing technology, has provided its expertise to Translink, Northern Ireland’s transport company operating Metro, NI Railways and Ulsterbus services. The new partnership delivers Corethree’s first mobile ticketing deployment on rail services and creates many improvements and new features within the Translink m-ticketing app.

For the first time users will benefit from full, bespoke dynamic pricing, meaning they can take advantage of the great value ticket deals and promotions on offer with a simple touch of a button. There are also built-in links to Translink’s mobile journey planner, timetables and Twitter feed.

Additionally, there is a new purchase delegation or ‘gift’ facility available within the app. This means that Adults will be able to purchase tickets for those aged 16 and under for use within the app on the Child’s phone.

Ashley Murdoch, CEO Corethree says: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with Translink. We are always searching for ways in which our clients can gain the most commercial benefit from technology, so including the two new features of dynamic pricing and delegated purchase are key improvements. It’s also an exciting opportunity for us to work with a rail network for the first time."

William McGookin, Ticketing Systems Manager from Translink, said: “Working with Corethree has enabled us to provide a superior experience for our customers who make use of our rail ticketing app. We aim to ensure each and every journey is as smooth as possible and we have been pleased with how our partners Corethree have worked closely with our team to deliver this. We hope that the new developments within the mLink app broaden the use of mobile tickets on Translink services considerably.”

The new Translink ‘mLink’ app is available from this week.

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GMV takes its public transport management to Taiwan

 By GMV

GMV has recently been selected by the company CAF Signalling for carrying out the project “Supply and installation of the advanced fleet management system” for the newly constructed tramline in the city of Kaohsiung (Taiwan). The 18-month first phase of the project takes in 9 trams. The advanced fleet management system to be set up by GMV will keep a centralized control of the whole fleet. This includes all the following: tracking of the tram fleet, management of the messenger service between the control center and trams on Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) and technology and service regulation operations to guarantee compliance with transport performance as expressed in the bid.

GMV’s fleet management system will be fitted as part of a multisystem and will therefore need to be integrated functionally with external systems both in the control center (SCADA, CTC railway signaling, information panels, TETRA infrastructure) and onboard the trams (rolling stock computer, passenger information system and onboard radio terminal). All trains will be fitted with GMV’s in-house M20 onboard unit plus touch screens in both cabins to work as the driver’s human-machine interface. This onboard technology on the trains will be topped up with the installation of a control center in the offices of Kaohsiung’s Mass Rapid Transit System, comprising a set of high-availability servers and operator posts for real-time monitoring of the whole system by the operating firm’s traffic control personnel. The system also includes an advanced historical records tool to allow an exhaustive retrospective analysis of the operation of the tram system (meeting of its commitments, tram-stop passing times, operation incidents, driving quality, etc.).

The solution to be set up for Kaohsiung’s Mass Rapid Transit System is based on GMV’s trademark railway and tram fleet management system SAE-R®, which has been supplied for clients such as Spain’s railway operator RENFE, Servicios Ferroviarios de Mallorca, the Warsaw tramline, Morrocco’s railway operator ONCF and the tram system of Zaragoza.

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 GMV Supplies Talgo with systems for the Mecca-Medina High Speed Railway

By GMV

Earlier this year Talgo chose GMV for supplying several systems to equip the high speed trains running on the newly-built line linking the cities of Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.

The most significant part of the supply is the onboard public address system and passenger emergency intercom. GMV will be providing Talgo with a fully digital system with analog communication backup plus other diverse redundancies making this a robust and trustworthy system. GMV will supply the complete system, including: onboard car-level public address control units; the intercoms for the crew to give warnings and notices to passengers and communicate with each other; the passenger emergency intercoms and, lastly, other ancillary items such as the loudspeakers to be fitted in each car.

The second contracted system by order of importance will be the onboard video-surveillance system, where both the onboard equipment, completely digital in its architecture, and the software have been designed and developed entirely by GMV. It provides digital video-recording facilities, recording in alarm mode, communication with the control center, real-time display, playback of recorded videos and centralized downloading of these recordings from a supervision post that also forms part of the supplied equipment under this contract. To carry out all these functions the system integrates and interacts with the other onboard elements, such as the passenger-operated alarm system, communication systems and diagnosis systems, among others.

Another of the contracted items is a network-event-recording system to control train diagnosis information. This equipment will capture diagnosis events as required, recording them reliably in a solid state removable drive. This system also incorporates a multi-interface wireless communications gateway for transferring all recorded information to off-train maintenance posts to keep a real-time track of the state of the rolling stock at all times. WiFi communication technologies are used as well as mobile technologies GPRS, 3G, 3.5G and the new LTE or 4G.

Lastly, GMV will supply Talgo with a car-level diagnosis-control and display terminal. This device will allow the crew or maintenance staff to see in real time any faults and breakdowns that might occur on the route, with the added possibility of acting on certain systems by sending set commands to the vehicle control units.

These four systems, making up GMV’s first supply contract with this rolling-stock manufacturer, set some particularly stiff challenges. The destination climate is harsh and the supplied systems therefore need to withstand high temperatures. Furthermore, all equipment needs to cope with several languages.

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Nomad selected to provide on-board information system for Amtrak

Nomad Digital has been selected to provide an on-board Passenger Information solution for the US National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak, covering its national network of inter-city passenger trains.

Nomad’s enhanced passenger services technology has grown a robust reputation within the global rail industry. With unrivalled experience in the design of both modern and legacy vehicle installations, partnered with its market-leading wireless communications platform, Nomad already delivers timely information on destination arrivals, schedule changes as well as other important messages – via both cutting edge screens and high-quality audio – to millions of passengers each day.

Innovative features that are currently in high-demand by rail operators and owners, include a back office interface that is fully integrated with existing systems, such as WiFi, LED signage and audio broadcast messages. Extensive experience of retrofitting legacy trains has also become a key attribute of Nomad, which ensures that all wireless systems perform at a consistently high quality across multiple fleets.

Covering Northeast Corridor, state-supported and long-distance services across America that total over 21,000 miles, Amtrak operates approximately 300 trains a day, connecting more than 500 destinations in 46 states. Amtrak and Nomad will begin the development of Nomad’s Passenger Information technology this year and have plans to deploy it on select routes beginning late in 2015.

Nomad’s Group CEO, Andrew Taylor, said “Nomad is looking forward to working with Amtrak on what is set to be a ground-breaking technology deployment on national trains in America. Nomad has a tried and tested technology that currently informs and entertains approximately 1.7bn passengers per year. Amtrak’s selection of the Nomad solution is a further testament to its success as well as a recognition of its value in multiple continents across the globe.”

For more: www.nomadrail.com

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DB Schenker organizes first transportation of freight by train, truck and plane from China to Brazil

Combining modes of transportation across three continents shortens delivery time by almost four weeks

(Frankfurt/Essen, 15 August 2014) For the first time ever, the logistics experts at DB Schenker have combined transportation by rail, road and air across three continents to organize a delivery for an electronics manufacturer from China to South America. In total, 21 metric tons of cell phone electronics were transported by rail from Chongqing in central China to Duisburg, Germany, via Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Poland. The next step was a truck journey to Frankfurt airport, from where DB Schenker sent the cargo by plane to Brazil.

The combination of rail, truck and air freight shortened the journey time from Asia to South America by almost four weeks compared with using ocean freight alone. The 10,124 kilometer rail trip to Duisburg took 17 days. The goods spent a total of just 24 days in transit before reaching their destination in Brazil. The alternative by ocean would have taken between 50 and 55 days.

The freight was labeled, X-rayed and securely packaged by DB Schenker's central hub at Frankfurt airport, from where it was sent to its final destination in Brazil. DB Schenker in Brazil handled the customs processes and clearance.

"This first successful shipment combining rail, road and air freight has shown the growth potential of multimodal logistics," said Daniel Wieland, Head of Rail Logistics & Forwarding at DB Schenker Logistics. Thomas Mack, Head of Global Air Freight at DB Schenker, added: "We are proud to pioneer this interesting transportation option for the market in Latin America."

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Red Hat JBoss Middleware Gains Traction in Global Transportation Industries

Organizations turn to Red Hat to improve efficiency, scalability, and reliability of critical customer-facing systems

RALEIGH, N.C., Jul 31, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Red Hat, Inc. RHT +0.74% , the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today highlighted customer success stories in the transportation and logistics industries for its Red Hat JBoss Middleware portfolio. Modern transportation service providers are under increasing pressure to achieve greater efficiencies throughout their businesses and consistently deliver superior customer experiences. Seeking to take advantage of the flexibility, scalability and reliability of modern middleware, Herzog Technologies, Flybe, and Nación Servicios, chose Red Hat for its ability to meet these needs in a cost-effective and sustainable manner.

Red Hat JBoss Middleware is a full portfolio of open source enterprise-grade solutions for creating, integrating, deploying and managing applications across the full spectrum of today’s infrastructures, whether on premise or in public, private or hybrid clouds.

Herzog Technologies, Inc.

Herzog Technologies, Inc. (HTI) provides innovative technology-based solutions to the railroad Signal and Communications industry. Key areas of expertise provided by HTI include Positive Train Control (PTC) systems integration and Interoperable Train Control Messaging (ITCM) – two technologies that are vital to the smooth and safe operation of North America’s railroad transit system. HTI is on the leading-edge of implementing PTC and ITCM, and is currently implementing PTC for a client in San Diego County California—a project HTI expects to complete in advance of the December, 15, 2015 deadline mandated in the Rail Safety Improvement Act. The HTI solution relies on Red Hat’s standards-based messaging product, Red Hat JBoss A-MQ, as well as embedded and standard Red Hat Enterprise Linux for PTC integration. HTI used Red Hat Consulting to help integrate the ITCM solution.

Flybe

As Europe’s largest regional airline, Flybe is recognized for its long-standing commitment to excellent service. Flybe offers affordable transportation to 65 airports throughout Europe and carries nearly 10 million passengers annually. Flybe was no stranger to the benefits of open source technology, having been a longtime user of community-supported projects; however, as the business grew, so did its need for commercially-supported, enterprise-grade open source software. Flybe migrated to Red Hat JBoss Enterprise Application Platform (EAP) , a platform for building and deploying applications, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux to provide the levels of performance, resilience and security that it required to not only maintain, but improve, its customer experience.

Nación Servicios

Nación Servicios is a technology member of Argentina’s state-owned national bank and is responsible for administering and managing the country’s Sistema Único de Boleto Electrónico (SUBE), a contact-less smart card system that handles the sales and implementation of all public transportation tickets in the greater Buenos Aires metropolitan area. The SUBE project was initially implemented using community-supported technologies and later migrated to Red Hat JBoss Middleware, including Red Hat JBoss EAP and Red Hat JBoss Web Server , a web server designed to help enterprises manage, administer and secure web environments of any size, to address the need for greater scale, reliability and support as the project gained popularity. Additionally, Red Hat Enterprise Linux was brought in as the main operating system. Today, SUBE is the most far-reaching public transportation payment system in the Argentine Republic and the third-largest system worldwide, used by 11 million travelers. The success of the program relies on the seamlessness of the system and its ability to respond to changes in the business and market—such as peak travel periods—promptly and reliably. Achieving this required flexible, interoperable and scalable technology.

Supporting Quotes:

Mike Piech, general manager, Middleware, Red Hat

“Transportation and logistics are two of the most customer-centric industries today. Service levels are of the utmost importance for delivering optimal customer experiences and maintaining a competitive edge, and these organizations require a unique set of attributes for the systems they run. For example, elastic scalability is necessary for meeting rapidly-changing demands; flexibility helps support future growth and expansion; and above all, they need technology that is reliable and well-supported. As these customers have shown, Red Hat JBoss Middleware is well-suited to cost-effectively meet these needs.”

Jim Hanlon, vice president, PTC systems, Herzog Technologies, Inc.

“The North American railroad industry is the midst of a massive shift toward greater interoperability and communication between train management systems that will ultimately improve rail safety. PTC and ITCM are key components of these systems, and we have worked quickly to help railroads like North County get ahead of the federal deadline and help ensure that passengers, employees, and the communities surrounding the railways are safer. Red Hat has been instrumental in providing the technology and expertise we needed to accomplish this.”

Matthew Linsey, head of strategy and architecture, Flybe

“We originally made the decision to go the open source route, using community-supported products. The costs were low, and some great innovations were coming out of the communities; however, as our business and the frameworks we were using grew in size and complexity, we recognized a need for the assurance of Red Hat’s enterprise-grade technology and support. Not only did our migration to Red Hat JBoss Middleware meet our immediate needs, we now have a strategic platform for the next five years—one that will grow and mature with our business.”

Lautaro Gonzalez, chief information officer, Nación Servicios S.A.

 

“The SUBE card system is a high-visibility, high-volume system and required technology that was not only able to keep pace with the existing demands, but capable of supporting future growth. The high availability of Red Hat’s integrated solutions has allowed us to maintain the growth of the SUBE project and thus far avoid service outages.”

 

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22.07.14 (Canada)

Quester Tangent Honors Supplier Excellence

(Victoria, BC – July 22, 2014) – Quester Tangent, North America’s premier supplier of train electronics and software solutions for the rail transit industry, honored today the recipients of its 2014 Supplier Excellence Awards.

The awards recognize the outstanding performance of supplier partners from around the globe that support the company's engineering and manufacturing divisions. Quester Tangent’s suppliers were evaluated on quality standards, on-time delivery, and exceptional customer service.

Quester Tangent presented this year's Supplier Excellence Awards to:

  • Engenuity Manufacturing Solutions (Canada): provider of electronics manufacturing services to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in the transit, marine, industrial, energy and telecommunication markets.
  • Hansen Industries Ltd. (Canada): manufacturer of custom precision sheet metal and machined components.
  • Deuta-Werke GmbH (Germany): developer, manufacturer and provider of components and systems for modern rail transport technology.
  • JIT Manufacturing (USA):provider of precision and high tolerance sheet metal parts for various industries.
  • Zytronic Displays Limited (UK): Touch Technology specialists providing a range of projected capacitance technology touch interactive products.

“Congratulations to our winners who play a key role in our company’s continuous growth,” said William Collins, Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at Quester Tangent. “The winners showcased outstanding contributions and continued dedication to meet our high quality standards. These awards serve as a token of our appreciation and we applaud their successes,” he concluded.

The next Supplier Excellence Awards will be announced in June 2015.

 

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11.07.14 (UK)

LORDS TO INVESTIGATE ECONOMIC CASE FOR HS2

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee have today announced a new inquiry into the economic case for HS2.

The inquiry will be the first the Committee have undertaken under the new Chairmanship of Lord Hollick. The scope of the inquiry is limited to the economic case for the development of HS2. It will not cover aspects of planning or the impact of the Hybrid Bill on individuals with property on the proposed HS2 route.

The Committee have published a Call for Evidence and invite written submissions to arrive no later than 15 September. Areas the Committee are inviting evidence on include:

  • Is there an economic case for HS2?
  • Should the Department for Transport’s Strategic Case for HS2 published in October 2013 have included any other factors in making an economic case for the project?
  • What are the likely economic benefits of HS2 to the Midlands, the North of England and to Scotland? Do they depend on complementary action by government and local authorities, for example by developing measures to attract investment and skilled workers?Will London be the main economic beneficiary of HS2? Might some areas of the country suffer economic disadvantage?
  • How should HS2 be operated? Should it be a franchise in competition with the West and East Coast Main Lines?
  • Should travellers pay higher fares on HS2 than other lines?
  • Does the prospect of HS3 affect the economic case for HS2?
Commenting Lord Hollick, Chairman of the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee, said:

“HS2 is likely to represent one of the biggest infrastructure investment programmes in the UK for decades. With over £50 billion of public money estimated to be spent it is vital that the public has confidence the project will produce real economic benefits.

“Our inquiry will attempt to get to the bottom of what the real economic impact of HS2 will be, who will benefit and who might lose out. We will find out whether the Government has taken full account of all the economic considerations in setting out the case for HS2 and what the impact will be in different parts of the UK.

“Our inquiry and the report that we produce will be based on the evidence we receive. While we are not the right avenue for individuals who wish to comment on the impact of the proposed route on their property – that role will fall to the Hybrid Bill Committees of both Houses of Parliament – we are very interested to hear from anyone who can comment on the economic case for HS2 more broadly, We would invite written evidence to be sent to us by the 15 September.”

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Network Rail Selects Capgemini and ClickSoftware for New Workforce Rostering Solution

10.07.14

New efficiencies aim to boost reliability and punctuality of Britain's rail services.

Network Rail today announces that a multi-million pound contract to implement ClickSoftware’s (NasdaqGS: CKSW) workforce management and rostering system has been awarded to Capgemini UK plc. By using automated workforce management and rostering to enable greater efficiency and further improve safety, Network Rail aims to help Britain's train operating companies minimise delays and disruptions to services, resulting in improved reliability and punctuality for rail passengers.

Working with ClickSoftware, Capgemini as project manager and prime contractor will initially deploy the new system to some 8,000 Network Rail signalling (operations) staff and, after further evaluation of the process and consultation, the deployment to 15,000 maintenance workers.

Network Rail owns and operates Britain's 20,000 miles of rail infrastructure. Capgemini UK is part of the global Capgemini Group, one of the world's foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services. ClickSoftware is the leading provider of automated mobile workforce management and optimizing solutions for the rail and other industries.

The project aims to improve rostering processes for Network Rail's signalling and maintenance workers by optimising which employee works when, and on what part of the rail network, factoring in compliance requirements, job priority and employee preference. The new system is also aimed at improving processes for Network Rail schedulers, supervisors and managers. The new rostering system will replace the current mixture of earlier-generation IT, paper-based and local spreadsheet-based processes, and is designed to increase productivity while further improving safety standards by incorporating comprehensive traceability facilities.

Neal Lawson, Director of Maintenance and Operations Services at Network Rail, said: 'The new IT system will strengthen our ability to resource our signalling operations, and maintenance activities effectively. This will allow us to deploy the right team to the right place at the right time. It will therefore enable us to make optimum use of our workforce and their skills, and to maximise the availability of track to the train operators, thereby helping rail passengers by minimising delays and disruptions to services.'

Capgemini is responsible for implementation of the ClickSoftware workforce management solution and for integrating the new applications with existing Network Rail IT including HR, payroll and finance and Oracle E-Business Suite. Capgemini and Network Rail training specialists will work together to train employees in the use of the new systems.

The Capgemini proposal was selected in preference to competing bids from a number of leading IT companies because of its experience of large-scale IT implementations, its record of successful project completions at Network Rail, and the strong global reputation for excellence, reliability, scalability and performance of its bid partner ClickSoftware, which provides products across service industries in which maintenance and workforce management are of critical importance.

Jason Jago, Capgemini Account Director, said: 'We are delighted to be entrusted with a project that is vital to the future of UK rail travel, and we look forward to providing Network Rail with a solution designed to maximise safety and efficiency while reducing costs and minimising track downtime to the benefit of the travelling public.'

Dr. Moshe BenBassat, founder and CEO of ClickSoftware ClickSoftware said 'Organisations with complex scheduling and rostering demands can realise the greatest value by deploying an automated system that prioritises based on demand, employee availability and regulatory concerns. We expect Network Rail to deliver rail passengers an even great customer experience by providing on-time service through deeper insight and more streamlined operations.' Development work on the new IT solution for Network Rail is being carried out in the UK, Israel and at Capgemini's Advanced Planning and Scheduling Global Solution Centre in India.

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 Herzog, Lilee in PTC partnership

 First reported on Railway Age.

 Herzog Technologies, Inc. (HTI) said Tuesday, July 1, 2014 it has partnered with Lilee Systems  “to provide innovative Positive Train Control Solutions.  HTI chose Lilee’s suite of products to support HTI’s Commercial ITCM Federation Hosting solution.”

The parties reached agreement last month, integrating Lilee’s hardware and software components with HTI’s service based Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions, HTI said.

HTI’s PTC Commercial Hosted Services utilize mission critical products and solutions from both companies, such as Interoperable Train Control Messaging (ITCM), Wayside Status Relay Service (WSRS), Network Monitoring Systems (NMS), GIS data collection, GIS database management, Configuration Management, Software Management, Network and ITC Systems Management, ITCM Image Management, Laboratory Integration and Regression Testing, Test Lab Support, Call Center Support, and Disaster Recovery services.

Said HTI President Greg Hackbarth, “As a current PTC Systems Integrator, we completely understand the need for commuter systems and non-Class I rail carriers to viably federate the ITC Messaging system with the Class I railroads.  By connecting to our Commercial PTC Hosting Service, the concept of Tiered ITCM connectivity effectively goes away.  This approach directly enhances system reliability and availability of all US rail lines employing an ITCM solution, from a PTC federation, communication and change management perspective.”

"This partnership with Herzog is the result of our extensive research and development of technologies required to provide rail and transit operators with a comprehensive solution for their operational needs,” stated Lilee Vice President of Rail Kevin Nichter. “By leveraging our proven technologies that have already been deployed in the industry, we help our customers recognize lower operational costs and minimize risks associated with PTC deployment."

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Transit technology leaders confirmed for SmartRail USA Congress & Expo

26/06/14: A host of rail and metro experts from across North America are confirmed as speaking at SmartRail USA and leading two days of expert insight, practical case studies, in-depth discussion, technology launches and networking in Charlotte on 29th and 30th October.

Across two packed days SmartRail USA will analyse, present and discuss the latest developments and innovations across rail and metro including IT, Telecoms, Operations, Passenger engagement, Fare Collection and much more. Our expert speakers not only control over $3.5 billion of budget but manager over 3.3 billion passenger journeys a year.

SmartRail USA, held at the Charlotte Convention Centre lists the following as confirmed speakers: Tom Nolan (Chairman, SFMTA), Keith T. Parker (General Manager/Chief Executive Officer, MARTA), Kathy M. Haley (President, Union Pearson Express), Doug Allen (CEO, Virginia Railway Express), Andrew Bata, (Chief Officer of Strategic Improvements and best practices, NYCT), Phillip Washington (General Manager, RTD Denver), Dan Dawson (Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Capital Metro), Dr. Larry Scott (Acting President, National Association of Railroad Passengers) and many more.

In addition to the strategic congress, this landmark event also features technical seminars focussing on key aspects of rail technology best practice including ticketing, connectivity, data, software, passenger engagement, on-board applications as well as training and product demonstrations. Whilst the Expo hall will feature over 40 cutting-edge companies displaying the latest technologies, solutions and innovations for the industry.

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18.06.2014

Nokia enhances train safety and speed with next generation GSM-R solutions

Evolves GSM-R solution to enable automated train control, help railway operators handle 40% more train traffic 

Espoo, Finland – Nokia is further evolving its portfolio to help train operators improve operational safety and efficiency. The company’s new GSM-R* (Global System for Mobile Communications – Railway) product generation for automated train control provides effective and reliable communication of critical real-time information for high-speed train operations. With Nokia’s GSM-R supporting automated train control, train operators can now handle up to 40% more train traffic while simultaneously ensuring safety of operations.

 Nokia’s latest GSM-R products help operators to meet the requirements of European railway authorities** for mission-critical voice and data communications. As one of the inventors of GSM-R, Nokia has now evolved its product portfolio to a geographically-redundant core solution*** based on the latest hardware.

The company has also developed a scalable radio system supported by IP transport, which reduces operating expenditure and prepares railway operators for migration to future IP-based mobile broadband technologies, like LTE. Through its Global Services, Nokia offers a full GSM-R solution that integrates partner products and turnkey services, including network design, project execution and multi-vendor managed services.

“Nokia’s GSM-R portfolio was created to provide best-in-class safety and speed to railway passengers, and to ensure reliability and long-term support for railway operators. It’s a perfect fit to our overall mobile broadband strategy,” said Dirk Lewandowski, head of railway solutions, Networks, Nokia. “With 29 GSM-R networks deployed across more than 20 countries serving 70,000 km of railways globally, we are the market leader in this arena.”

 o share your thoughts on the topic, join the discussion with @NSNtweets on Twitter using #GSMR and #railnews. For expert insights, visit our blog.

 About Nokia

 Noia invests in technologies important in a world where billions of devices are connected. We are focused on three businesses: network infrastructure software, hardware and services, which we offer through Networks; location intelligence, which we provide through HERE; and advanced technology development and licensing, which we pursue through Technologies. Each of these businesses is a leader in its respective field.

 Through Networks, Nokia is the world’s specialist in mobile broadband. From the first ever call on GSM, to the first call on LTE, we operate at the forefront of each generation of mobile technology. Our global experts invent the new capabilities our customers need in their networks. We provide the world’s most efficient mobile networks, the intelligence to maximize the value of those networks, and the services to make it all work seamlessly. www.nsn.com / www.company.nokia.com

 

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 16.06.14

 Romax opens the doors to brand new £5.6m head office

- Lord Mitchell, Enterprise Advisor, gives praise to company’s innovation and commitment to the East Midlands -

Romax Technology  one of the world’s leading gearbox, driveline simulation and engineering companies, is officially opening the doors on Wednesday 18th June to its brand new £5.6m head-office at the University of Nottingham’s Innovation Park (UNIP).

Marking its 25th anniversary in existence, the new, purpose built 3100m2 facility incorporates offices and a training suite, and will also give Romax space to grow in the future, creating more jobs and growth for the region. In addition to this, Romax’s continued desire to promote green energy across its portfolio will see this reflected in the new building.

As well as aiming to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating for the project, the building incorporates environmentally friendly building technologies within its move such as sustainable construction techniques including biomass heating, building heat recovery and reuse, waste water recycling, solar shading and a bio diverse green roof.

The move to the new site further demonstrates the continued success of the business. Recently named as one of the top 1,000 British businesses for innovation by the London Stock Exchange, Romax supplies leading simulation & analysis technology, and expert engineering services to 14 of the top 15 automotive OEMs worldwide.

Andy Poon, CEO of Romax commented: “Our move into the new building represents an exciting future for Romax – it is the first time we will be able to house all our UK operations under one roof and the significance of this will be vast. As a business we are committed to driving innovation across the automotive space whether it is passenger cars, trucks, racing cars or hybrid vehicles.

“Our relationship with the University of Nottingham and our commitment to the East Midlands means we are able to employ some of the industry's brightest minds including strategic thinkers, technology innovators, experienced engineers and world leading software specialists. The move to the new site reaffirms this and will allow us to continue supporting engineering projects across the automotive supply chain and at any stage during the design cycle.”

The University of Nottingham’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Greenaway, said: “This is a very exciting moment for us. We have enjoyed a longstanding partnership with Romax over several years, collaborating together on a number of research projects. Its decision to remain in the region and locate to our Innovation Park is a testament to the strength of that relationship.

 “The opening of the Romax Technology Centre is the latest phase in the rapid development of the Innovation Park. In recent years we have launched new technology centres in aerospace, energy and geospatial engineering and, next year, we will be opening our GSK Centre for Sustainable Chemistry.

 “I also feel that it is very fitting that Romax has decided to base itself at the University of Nottingham Innovation Park, as they are now situated on the same site as Sturmey Archer, which produced gears for the likes of Raleigh. Romax is maintaining Nottingham’s reputation as one of the world leaders in the design of gearbox and driveline systems.”

 he new building will be officially opened by Lord Mitchell, Enterprise adviser to the Labour Party and serial entrepreneur, who gave praise to the strength of the relationship between Romax and the University of Nottingham as well as highlighting the importance in its decision to remain in the East Midlands:

 “The East Midlands is really flourishing at the moment, strengthening its position as a world renowned centre of excellence and innovation. Investment in the region is creating jobs and building an environment for even more growth, as well as the best and brightest in the workforce. Companies like Romax sit at the forefront of the success stories coming out of the East Midlands. Its commitment to driving innovation alongside its partners, such as the University of Nottingham, reaffirms its desire for excellence across technology and innovation, and that will only grow further with this move.” 

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 About Romax Technology Limited

 Founded in 1989, Romax is a global leader, providing solutions to design, develop, deploy and monitor drivelines for application in the automotive, heavy equipment, aerospace and wind energy sectors. Its portfolio ranges from drivetrain health management to conceptual modeling and calculation right through to whole system detailed design and analysis. Romax has over 220 customers worldwide, including the majority of OEMs across the transport and wind industries. It has won a number of industry awards, including two Queens Awards for Enterprise in International Trade.

 

Romax is headquartered in Nottingham, United Kingdom and operates through 12 offices globally. For more information, visit www.romaxtech.com.

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 Wabtec Completes Acquisition Of Fandstan

11/06/2014

WILMERDING, PA,Wabtec Corporation (NYSE: WAB)has completed the previously announced acquisition of Fandstan Electric Group Ltd., a leading rail and industrial equipment manufacturer, for about $220 million.

 Based in London, England, Fandstan Electric has annual sales of about $245 million. Fandstan Electric designs, manufactures and installs electrical current and data collection products for a variety of markets, including rail and tram transportation, industrial and energy. The company’s highly engineered products include pantographs, third rail shoe gears, electrical contacts and brush holders, and its brand names include Brecknell Willis, Stemmann Technik and TransTech. Fandstan Electric has about 1,000 employees and operations in the U.K.,Europe, China, Australia, and the U.S.

 

Raymond T. Betler, Wabtec’s president and chief executive officer, said:“Fandstan Electric fits all of our strategic growth initiatives: global and marketexpansion, aftermarket expansion, and new products and technologies. We’re pleased to add the company to our portfolio and eager to begin working with its management team to continue to grow and improve the business.”

Wabtec Corporation is a global provider of value-added, technology-based products and services for the rail and transit industry. Through its subsidiaries, the company manufactures a range of products for locomotives, freight cars and passenger transit vehicles. The company also builds new switcher and commuter locomotives, and provides aftermarket services. The company has facilities located throughout the world.

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 Canary Wharf Group plc completes external structure of Crossrail Station

09/06/14

 The external structure of the Crossrail station at Canary Wharf was completed on Friday, where the final aluminium louvre placed on the final gap in the roof.

There are a total of 56 elliptical louvres 350mm in depth, made of anodised aluminium. A key advantage to this structure is to allow air to flow to the roof garden below, which will be open to the public from next year. There will also be 115,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space including shops, restaurants, bars and a cinema with the first phase due to open in May 2015, three years before the station.

Canary Wharf Group plc’s retail and leisure development above the new Crossrail Station, combined with the recent Jubilee Place extension, represents one of the largest retail expansions currently underway in the UK.

The Group began work on the new Canary Wharf station in May 2009, by creating a 250m long and 30m wide watertight dam in the waters of North Dock, using an innovative new ‘silent’ piling method. The station box was then built ‘top down’, 28 metres below the water surface to create the ticket hall and platform levels.

The external architecture of this innovative building was completed with this final aluminium louvre on Friday.

 John Garwood, Canary Wharf Group plc Secretary & Legal Counsel, said:

 “The project has run smoothly and on schedule. The completion of the roof marks the final stage of construction. It will certainly be a stunning building of architectural significance for the UK, and a world-leading showcase of innovative design.”

The main structural works for Canary Wharf Group’s four-storey retail development above the station are complete – work is now focusing on the services and fit out of the upper levels which are intended to open in a phased approach over the next three years.

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 Kapsch provides RFF with next generation all-IP core network

Leading edge communication solutions to modernize French railway

05/06/14

Montigny le Bretonneux/Vienna, June 4, 2014 – RFF (Réseau Ferré de France) and Synerail have appointed Kapsch CarrierCom, the global specialist for railway communications, to accelerate the modernization of the existing GSM-R network with a next generation all-IP core solution based on the new Kapsch R4 architecture. The system will provide RFF and Synerail enhanced reliability and is the basis for innovative applications such as Railway Emergency Call (eREC) or train geolocation.

The new RFF all-IP core network will include: geo-redundant Call Servers, Media Gateways (MGW), Home Location Registers (HLR), Service Control Point (SCP), next generation Kairos Mobile Switching Center (MSC) as well as maintenance services until 2030. The components will be deployed together with Synerail by December 2015 along almost 15,000 kilometers of the rail track already equipped with Kapsch GSM-R technology.

Since 2003, Kapsch has been working with RFF then with Synerail. The recently signed contract is further recognition of the expertise and the operational know-how Kapsch has in the area of railway communications. “In line with this contract by RFF and Synerail, Kapsch provides an IP core network which is based on the latest technology. The long term partnership with RFF is based on a deep knowledge we have of our customers’ needs and expectations as well as our technological expertise,” says Michel Clement, Vice-President Railways of Kapsch CarrierCom.

With more than 15 years of experience in the development of innovative communication networks, Kapsch is dedicated to offering advanced technologies to GSM-R operators. The next generation GSM-R voice core solution, based on IP technology, delivers the reliability, robustness and flexibility expected by railways operators. Kapsch CarrierCom next generation core solution is trusted by some of the largest railway operators in the world such as in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria, among others.

RFF: The French railway system, Réseau Ferré de France develops, modernizes and markets access to the rail network in accordance with the principles of regional, national and European territorial solidarity. RFF is France's second biggest investor and has a 1,600-strong workforce for a turnover of 5.69 billion euros in 2013. RFF has the task of managing a modernization plan and enforcing national new line development policy. Four high speed lines are under construction. In 2017, 800 km of new high speed lines will be implemented. Over its 30,000 km of lines, RFF is responsible for providing fair and equal access to the French railway network for all its rail passengers and freight transport customers.
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Kapsch CarrierCom is a market leading global system integrator, manufacturer and supplier of end-to-end telecommunications solutions. The company provides innovative mission- and business-critical solutions for carrier networks, railway and urban public transport operators as well as for companies seeking real-time machine network communications. Kapsch CarrierCom is a trusted partner for a broad range of clients who benefit from the support of a complete set of professional services and support capabilities. Strategic partnerships and a strong focus on innovation in nine R&D centers in Europe and Asia, put Kapsch CarrierCom at the forefront of the global telecommunications market. Kapsch CarrierCom is part of the Kapsch Group and has its headquarters in Vienna.

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Siemens-supplied turnkey tram system commences operation in the Scottish capital

Edinburgh Trams Limited (ETL) has commenced passenger operations on the 14-kilometer urban tram route. Siemens supplied the entire rail infrastructure, ranging from the communications technology, the control and signaling technology and electrification systems through to the systems integration. With 15 passenger stops, the line links Edinburgh’s airport with the city center. Running at a frequency of better than 15 minutes, the trams ply the route up to 100 times a day in bidirectional operating mode.

With a population of 480,000, the Scottish capital is the nation’s second-largest city, and an important transportation hub. 1871 saw the inception of the city’s first tram network, which remained in operation until services ended in 1956, after which urban mass transit facilities were provided exclusively by buses. 51 years later, in 2006, the Scottish Parliament decided to construct a new tram network in Edinburgh.

Working as a member of a consortium led by construction group Bilfinger, Siemens was awarded the order for what was then Scotland’s largest infrastructure project in 2008. Within the consortium, Siemens was responsible for systems specific to the rail infrastructure, such as signaling and operational control technology, communications and passenger information, traction current supply, catenary equipment, the depot equipment and the track system.

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Imetrum Launches New Software for Its Revolutionary High Resolution Video Based Measurement System

04-06-14

As part of its plans to continually upgrade its unique Video Gauge systems’ capability, Imetrum is pleased to announce the latest software update v4.1. Imetrum’s Video Gauge system is a unique video based measurement system that is used to measure strain, displacement, rotation plus other important parameters in materials, civil engineering structures and complex assemblies while under test.

With new functionality based on user-feedback, an improved user interface and multiple language support, v4.1 of the software was launched at the JEC Composites Show in March. This latest version will be shipped with all new systems, while existing customers can easily upgrade to the new software by contacting Imetrum engineers. Upgrades are carried out remotely, so reducing downtime and avoiding the need for an engineer to visit the site, saving both time and money.

One of the major new features of the latest software is its new multi language platform. Software engineers have incorporated the unique ability to auto-translate test results into the native language of the recipient. With many global organisations using the Video Gauge in multiple sites worldwide, this novel feature means that any test carried out in English in the UK, for example, can be sent to the company HQ in France and the results and analysis are automatically displayed in French. This is a valuable saving in both time and money and eliminates any misunderstandings due to incorrect translation.

Other new capabilities include support for rotating video windows by multiples of 90 degrees to make it easier to operate with a camera mounted on its side, so enabling the user to take advantage of a higher image resolution and to help the operator start a new test quickly and efficiently, without having to remember to reset the input to zero, an automatic zeroing option for analogue inputs has been included. Initial position refinement for 3D targets has also been added together with an option to disable automatic play back of video when opening tests or switching modes. All additions in this new version of the software allow for quicker and more efficient tests, saving companies both time and money.

Imetrum’s Managing Director, John Brewster comments: “Video Gauge is aimed at a global market, so v4.1 now provides support for multiple languages. The French package is currently active and other languages will be rolled out over the next few months. All of the improvements found in v4.1 are the result of Imetrum’s on-going development programme aimed at significant and continual improvement of our systems. Our design engineers are constantly in touch with users of Video Gauge to get feedback on how we can improve the system to ensure that they get optimum performance and results.”

Note for editors

Imetrum’s product now has over 300 users worldwide and is a versatile, non-contact video based system that allows the user to test a variety of over 200 important parameters (strain, rotation, displacement etc.) in real time, in a single test. The Video based measurement system is ideal for use in exacting market areas such as aerospace, automotive, defence, oil & gas, energy, R&D and high technology motorsport, where highly accurate measurements directly traceable to national standards are critical for their materials, component or sub-assembly development. In materials it is the world’s first video extensometer capable of being calibrated to BS EN ISO9513 Class 0.2, which also equates to the equivalent American standard ASTM E83 Class B-1. As the Imetrum system is video based, a record of the test can be saved so engineers can either post process the test or complete further analysis without the need for repeating the test, saving both time and money.

Enquiries: Carrie Large. Imetrum Ltd. Tel: +44 (0) 1275 464443 E-mail: carrie.large@imetrum.com

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Hytera on track in Chile: Metro de Santiago chooses TETRA from Hytera

29-05-14

Bad Muender/ Santiago de Chile, May 26th, 2014 - Hytera Mobilfunk awarded the contract for a TETRA radio system for secure radio communications in the metro system of the city of Santiago de Chile.

 The contract was signed by the parties in Santiago de Chile. In close cooperation with the local partner SICE Chile,Hytera Mobilfunk GmbH will provide digital voice and data communications for secure and effective operation across the Metro de Santiago network.

In this significant deployment, Hytera will deliver 4 TETRA switching nodes and 77 TETRA base stations which will cover all lines of Metro Santiago de Chile.

The scope of the project will cover the existing lines 1, 2, 4, 4A and 5, as well as the two future lines 3 and 6, with Hytera's TETRA radio communications system ACCESSNET-T IP. To enhance operations further, Hytera will provide 42 dispatcher work stations and voice recording systems for the Metro control room.

Together with the radio system, Hytera will deliver over 2,000 TETRA radios - ranging from Hytera PT580H handheld radios and Hytera MT680 mobile radios to special on-board train radio solutions.

 Metro de Santiago, Chile

Metro de Santiago is operated by Metro S.A. It opened in 1975 and serves the Santiago metropolitan region and its c. 6M inhabitants. With over 100 stations and over 100 Kilometers (c. 64 Miles) of route network Metro de Santiago is today South America's largest metro system.

Metro de Santiago serves over 2,200,000 passengers daily making it the fourth largest metropolitan commute system in the Americas measured by passenger rides and the aim is to grow this number even further over the coming years.

Media Contact: Hytera 

Chloe Hong, +86-755-26972999

chloe.hong@hytera.com

www.hytera.com

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 Transit Fare Collection Systems Should be Based on Open Standards, Says OSPT Alliance

White paper details the benefits of implementing open and vendor-neutral fare collection solutions

28-05-14

The Open Standard for Public Transportation (OSPT) Alliance has published an executive white paper to raise awareness of the value of implementing interoperable automated fare collection (AFC) systems based on open standards. The free to download white paper will be of interest to all stakeholders involved in advancing the capabilities, security and efficiencies of public transport ticketing systems.

The white paper, entitled ‘Shifting the Ticketing Paradigm – CIPURSE™ Brings Mobility and Security to Transit Ticketing Systems’, provides an executive overview of the AFC system landscape today and the opportunities currently available to establish an open standard infrastructure. It explains how an interoperable and vendor-neutral ecosystem will foster the next generation of secure, cost-effective and flexible fare collection technology and can promote innovation by offering other value-added mobile services, such as payment and security, to encourage customer loyalty and engagement.

The importance of vendor-neutral systems in securing public-private partnerships is also explored, with the paper highlighting that many private investors are unwilling to commit funds to projects that are dependent on a proprietary solution. 

“Across the technology landscape, the introduction of open standards and deployment of subsequent open solutions has encouraged innovation and new commercial opportunities,” explains OSPT Alliance Executive Director, Laurent Cremer. “There is growing consensus among program owners that fare collection technology is now mature enough to look beyond single source suppliers, and capitalize on multiple-partner projects that can better support digital services and be more flexible to future market demands. A more open environment will deliver real value and convenience to public transport users.”

The member-driven OSPT Alliance initiative has developed an open standard – CIPURSE™ – which offers an advanced foundation for developing highly secure, interoperable and flexible transit fare collection solutions. It is built on proven standards, including ISO 7816, AES-128 and ISO/IEC 14443-4 for securing multiple payment types. The standard supports flexible design and deployment alternatives for transit system integrators and consultants.

Laurent highlights that rather than considering fare collection card issuance as a cost of doing business, it is now time for program owners to view ticketing as an enabler of new revenue. The OSPT Alliance CIPURSE standard offers the right foundation to achieve this. He continues: “Public transit users are looking for services that are convenient, mobile and innovative. Today’s public transit operators have the ability to not only offer new digital services to its customers, but to share access to this engaged community with other interested parties. In such a dynamic environment, however, systems need to be future-proofed to enable transit organizations to efficiently and cost-effectively evolve without being tied into a single-source agreement. This is why CIPURSE is so important and will gain real traction in the coming years.”

As a next step, the OSPT Alliance will be releasing a comprehensive technical document that offers guidelines into how existing AFC systems can evolve to adopt the CIPURSE open standard.

To download the ‘Shifting the Ticketing Paradigm – CIPURSE Brings Mobility and Security to Transit Ticketing Systems’ white paper visit www.osptalliance.org.  

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For further media information, please contact Kirsty Pearson or Lucie Wild at iseepr: Kirsty@iseepr.co.uk / lucie@iseepr.co.uk or on + 44 (0) 1943 468007

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About the OSPT Alliance

The OSPT Alliance is an international association chartered to provide the standard for secure transit fare collection solutions. It provides industry education, creates workgroup opportunities and catalyzes the development and adoption of innovative fare collection technologies, applications and services. The OSPT Alliance was founded by leading technology companies, and membership is open to technology providers, transit operators, consultants, solution vendors, government agencies and other stakeholders in the transit ecosystem. For additional information, please visit www.osptalliance.org.

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Siemens modernizes signaling equipment for Vienna's U4 metro line

27-05-14

Siemens has received orders from Wiener Linien to supply state-of-the-art signaling technology for the Austrian capital's U4 metro line in the course of the next few years. The scope of supply includes Trackguard Sicas ECC type electronic interlockings as well as the integration of the LZB513 automatic train control system. The 17-kilometer-long U4 line serves 20 metro station and links Hütteldorf in the west of the city with Heiligenstadt in the north. The orders are worth a total of over 40 million euros. Commissioning is scheduled to take place in stages from 2016 up to the end of 2019.

Unlike on other metro lines in Vienna, trains running on the U4 cannot be diverted onto a second track to avoid broken down vehicles as the route currently lacks crossovers as well as the technical means necessary to permit such movements. Rescue operations or defective trains can therefore quickly block an entire section of this line. In 2013 the City of Vienna passed NEU4, a comprehensive package of measures aimed at improving service on and increasing the reliability of the U4, or Green Line as it is called. In addition to a fundamental renewal of the entire infrastructure, the modernization will also include the construction of crossovers and the installation of new electronic interlockings.

Line 4 will be equipped with Trainguard type LZB513 automatic train control system made by Siemens. It enables train headways to be optimized in line with passenger volumes and maximizes the operating safety, reliability and availability of the metro. An integrated Automatic Train Operation (ATO) system drives the train automatically and ensures energy efficiency. The order also calls for the replacement of five SpDrS- 60U interlockings, including the two depots at Wasserleitungswiese and Hütteldorf, by Sicas ECC electronic interlockings.