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Railway supply industry news round-up

15 Mar 2019

DB’s long-distance passenger operating business has selected IVU Traffic Technologies software to gather and process information for vehicle planning, preparation and maintenance management. The first elements will be tested from the end of 2019, with full deployment from December 2020. ‘The new platform marks a big step forwards for us in terms of standardisation and digitalisation of processes’, said Dr Philipp Nagel, Head of Production at DB Fernverkehr. ‘This allows us to speed up and improve our decision-making. Our customers rightly expect stable rail services, and we are laying the foundation with this platform.’

Knorr-Bremse is to invest US$10m to take a 21% stake in Israeli machine vision company Rail Vision, and will appoint a director and two non-voting observers. ‘Rail Vision owns a dynamic and professional team with a strong competence in artificial intelligence and deep learning’, said Knorr-Bremse executive board member Dr Jürgen Wilder. ‘Rail Vision’s obstacle detection applications on main line by cameras will position us as a relevant player in this market and will allow us take a further step on our way to autonomous driving.’

Appalachian Railcar Services has announced the appointment of founder and CEO Warren Kurt Higginbotham as Chairman, with Michael Scott Driggers becoming CEO. 

Sulzer is to open a dedicated Rail Competence Centre at its Nottingham site. This will undertake repairs to generators, motors, automatic voltage regulators and other auxiliary equipment.

Malindo Air now sells tickets for the Kuala Lumpur’s KLIA Ekspres airport shuttle service. ‘It is in line with our digital partnership drive with partners who share a common goal in providing convenient and seamless service to our mutual customers’, said Noormah Mohd Noor, CEO of operator ERL.