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    Metro Report International

    CBTC to use BlackBerry software


    SOUTH KOREA: sTraffic is to use BlackBerry’s QNX OS for Safety software in its communications-based train control systems. ‘Both BlackBerry and its QNX OS for Safety have an unparalleled reputation and proven safety pedigree’, said sTraffic Project Manager KH Kim. ‘Thanks to the company’s ...

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    Rail specification temperature sensor


    SENSOR: Variohm EuroSensor has launched a variant of its ETP21 series temperature sensor that meets the demanding specifications required by the rail industry. Based on the established PT100 measurement element and with 17-4PH stainless steel wetted components, the EPT21R has been tested for compliance with ...

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    CRRC rolls out completed 600 km/h maglev trainset


    CHINA: The first complete five-car maglev trainset designed for 600 km/h operation was formally rolled out by CRRC Qingdao Sifang on July 20. Described by the manufacturer as ‘another important milestone’ in the five-year research and development programme backed by the Chinese government, ...

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    Talgo and Repsol to develop fuel cell trains powered by renewable hydrogen


    SPAIN: Rolling stock builder Talgo and petrochemical group Repsol signed an accord on July 19 to develop fuel cell trainsets powered by hydrogen generated from renewable sources.

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    Rail freight monitoring technology partnership launched


    NORTH AMERICA: Supply chain data analytics company Nexxiot and cargo monitoring technology specialist TransRail Innovation Group have announced a partnership to integrate TRIG’s sensors into Nexxiot’s modular hardware and cloud data network. TRIG’s digital sensors evaluate liquid cargo levels in real-time, monitor whether wagon handbrakes ...

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    Onboard computer for railway AI


    COMPUTER: Syslogic has launched its AI Railway Computer RSL A3, which it says is the first onboard computer for rolling stock to be based on the NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier Industrial system on module. The industrial module offers the same performance level as the tried-and-tested ...

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    Anápolis to host railway research centre


    BRAZIL: Work is expected to start later this year to establish a Centre of Excellence for Railway Technology in Anápolis, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Infrastructure and the state government of Goiás on July 15. Expected ...

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    INet Gateway provides real-time yard management platform


    USA: Industrial Networks has expanded its suite of yard management tools with the INet Gateway platform, which is designed to smooth everyday logistics and data collection tasks including inventory management, shunting, inspections, wagon repair photos, security seal tracking and usage analytics reviews. A mapping screen ...

  • PKP Energetyka has built a lithium-ion battery energy storage facility designed to stabilise the traction electricity supply and allow for more efficient use of renewable energy sources.

    Battery power banks to boost Polish traction supply


    POLAND: Traction power supply infrastructure company PKP Energetyka has built a lithium-ion battery energy storage facility designed to stabilise the traction electricity supply and allow for more efficient use of renewable energy sources. PKP Energetyka says the energy storage facility installed at Garbce, 50 km ...

  • Whoosh Media will work with Grand Central to place QR codes on stations and train seats to distribute information.
    Rail Business UK

    First of a Kind funding announced for 30 rail innovation projects


    UK: The Department for Transport and Innovate UK have awarded £9m of First of a Kind funding to support 30 rail innovation projects. This year’s funding round is focused on making railways ‘cleaner, greener and more passenger-friendly’. ‘The competition always throws up surprises and the ...

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    Alstom awarded second Stuttgart ATO contract


    GERMANY: The Land of Baden-Württemberg’s rolling stock management body SFBW has awarded Alstom a contract to retrofit 118 regional trainsèts with ETCS and automatic train operation equipment for operation in the Stuttgart area.

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    CAF looks to partner with rail and bus start-ups


    SPAIN: CAF Group has launched CAF Startup Station as a venture client unit which will partner with ‘top tier’ start-ups with ideas for the rail and bus sectors. CAF Startup Station will provide the entire CAF Group with in-house services to identify start-ups, validate their ...

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    Lineas orders TBL1+ interface as an app


    BELGIUM: Freight operator Lineas has commissioned The Signalling Company to develop a mobile app providing TBL1+ functionality as an add-on to its digital onboard ETCS platform. Lineas is a partner with ERTMS Solutions in the TSC joint venture, and has already commissioned the company to ...

  • CFL has awarded Alstom a contract to equip 34 Coradia Stream EMUs for automatic train operation, in what the supplier says will be the first project in Europe to fit a regional train fleet for Grade of Automation 2 using ATO over ETCS (Image: Alstom).

    Regional train automation contract awarded


    LUXEMBOURG: National railway CFL has awarded Alstom a contract to equip 34 Coradia Stream EMUs for automatic train operation, in what the supplier says will be the first project in Europe to fit a regional train fleet for Grade of Automation 2 using ATO over ETCS. ...

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    Metre-gauge infrastructure measuring vehicle


    SWITZERLAND: Rhätische Bahn is using a track and electrification inspection and measuring vehicle designed to provide metre-gauge railway operators with detailed data to help plan maintenance and renewal works. The vehicle has been developed in a joint project by RhB, Fachhochschule ...

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    Stuttgart S-Bahn automatic train operation and ETCS contract awarded


    GERMANY: DB Regio has awarded Alstom a €130m contract to supply ETCS and automatic train operation technology as part of a project to upgrade the Stuttgart S-Bahn network under the Stuttgart 21 programme ETCS onboard equipment suitable for Level 2 or Level 3 operation will ...

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    Iarnród Éireann digitalises revenue protection


    IRELAND: Iarnród Éireann has worked with technology companies Famoco and Theta to increase the level of digitalisation in its revenue protection process.

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    Shift2Rail, CEN and CENELEC sign standardisation co-operation agreement


    EUROPE: Shift2Rail, the European Committee for Standardization and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization have signed a memorandum of understanding formalising their existing collaboration and agreeing to work together to identify areas where standardisation can contribute to innovation in the rail sector. Examples of such ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Passenger information displays incorporate sign language interpretation


    UK: Network Rail has begun deploying 20 LB Foster fixed and mobile touch-screen passenger information displays with in-screen British Sign Language interpretation at London Euston station, and a large screen is to be provided beside the departure boards on the main concourse. Network Rail ...

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    Automated wagon inspection project launched


    GERMANY: The DigiTwin project has been launched to develop automatic measurement systems able to create a ‘digital twin’ of passing wagons to support train preparation and predictive maintenance. The two-year project is being undertaken by Bonn-based lineside monitoring equipment company RailWatch and freight operator Metrans ...