Finnish company Teleste has acquired passenger information system supplier Iqu Systems, which will continue with its current management as a stand-alone company. ‘We appreciate the deep experience Iqu Systems has in the German public transport market and regard their understanding of customer requirements as a valuable asset when further developing our offering for public transport operators’, said Esa Harju, Head of Teleste’s Video Security & Information business.

Keolis and the Institute for Data Valorisation created by HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal and the Université de Montréal have signed a five-year partnership for the sharing and analysis of big data to support the development of urban transport technology. Joint research and development projects will focus initially on Québec, followed by other areas where Keolis is active including France, the USA and Europe.

Kombud has supplied Politechnika Warszawska with a type MMS-1 force meter and type N86F switch gear module for laboratory use as part of their co-operation in the areas of development, certification and education.

United Wagon Co is to create a unified financial management system based on the SAP S/4HANA resource management suite. The scope includes strategic planning and budgeting, accounting and reporting for all types of accounting.

On November 1 more than 40 companies attended a supplier engagement day which Siemens hosted in Cardiff in partnership with the Welsh Government’s Department for Economy & Infrastructure in a bid to increase collaboration with local SMEs and boost innovation in the rail supply chain.

Trolex Aporta Holdings has secured £1m of investment from Finance Birmingham’s national Rail Supply Growth Fund, which it will use to accelerate the rollout of its Juxta on-train entertainment system.

RSK company Structural Soils Ltd has launched a site investigation and support service for the UK rail industry. ‘These new services will enable Structural Soils to mitigate the complex, multi-faceted nature of rail-related surveys and provide effective solutions to the challenges that clients face’, believes director Jon Bassett. ‘By offering collaborative services from a single supplier, RAIL SI and RAIL SI+PLUS ensure that clients will have minimal reliance on multiple, subcontracted services and thus greater project control. This will improve project health and safety standards, and ensure that work is completed in a timely manner.’

SNCF is to join Spark, an online library for research materials managed by the UK’s safety and standards organisation RSSB. ‘Joining SPARK helps users understand who is doing what, where‘, said Christophe Chéron, who handles co-ordination and partnerships at Shift2Rail for SNCF. ‘This type of partnership promotes research by sharing information and stepping up the pace of innovation.’