SJ is to use JDA Demand and JDA Rail Price Optimizer software to develop its forecasting and dynamic pricing strategies. ‘We needed a smarter, more dynamic revenue management approach to not only replace our manual processes, but one that would also streamline and automate our processes to better keep up with our customers’ increased demand and changing buying behaviours,' said Maria Hoftberg, Director, Revenue Management & Pricing.

Hunter Douglas is producing aluminium ceiling panels for the seven stations on Amsterdam’s North-South metro line. The panels have a double layer of aluminium which reflects light back towards the platforms, separated by a honeycomb filling which provides a high level of sound absorption.

Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp’s Yawata plant has begun producing rails which it says are the longest in the world at 150 m.

A Chinese steelmaker has ordered a Surfiles optical measuring system from NextSense, which will be used to check the flatness of rails for high speed lines. It offers the possibility of measuring the ends of long steel products in one measurement.

The MobiWallet grouping of 15 suppliers and government bodies is developing a unified payment platform intended to enable users to pay for multi-modal urban transport via any smartphone.

Handheld Group has launched the Nautiz eTicket Pro II rugged handheld computer which can be used for fare collection and ticket validation. It meets military standards for durability and resistance to humidity, shock, vibration, drops, salt and temperature. A high-brightness touch screen provides access to Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 software. In addition to a contactless smart card reader from Arcontia, it features a barcode scanner and a 5 megapixel camera with an LED flash. Connectivity options include 3G and wi-fi; the unit also has a GPS receiver.