Railway supply industry news round-up
Software company RailcarRx's Repair Shop Management System now supports leasing company TTX's billing format, which includes variations to the standard CRB billing format. RailcarRx says it has streamlined the process of creating repair cards for TTX pooled equipment, by allowing repair shops to update required data in bulk and generate a split BRC automatically. This eliminates the need to manually manipulate data on 500 byte files, and avoids double entry of data between systems.
Scheidt & Bachmann has obtained certification to the latest version 3.2 of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. ‘As a leading manufacturer of fare collection systems in public transport, we are hosting more and more back office systems for our customers so PCI DSS is extremely important when offering the highest level of security and reliability‘, said Head of IT Service Management Dirk Holzwarth.
Rolling stock leasing company Railpool has joined the Rail Working Group, saying it believes the Luxembourg Rail Protocol to the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment ‘is one important element in making refinancing more efficient and less expensive for us and our customers.’
Sella Controls is to sell and support EKE Electronics’ range of products in the UK and Ireland from June 1. This includes train management systems, train communication network gateways and passenger information systems, with Sella Controls to offer EKE’s Trainnet GPS-based automatic selective door opening system in conjunction with its own beacon-based Tracklink III. EKE Electronics is to market Tracklink products and engineering services in its worldwide markets.
On May 16 Bombardier announced a six-year C$700m agreement for IBM to support the integration of IT services across the Transportation and aerospace businesses in 47 countries. ‘As part of our turnaround plan, Bombardier is working to improve productivity, reduce costs and grow earnings’, said Sean Terriah, Chief Information Officer, Aerospace & Corporate Office. ‘The IT transformation initiative announced today will help us better integrate globally to create a best-in-class IT organisation.’
As part of a product diversification programme, United Wagon Co has begun supplying Transmashholding with high-strength springs for locomotives and metro cars.