Archive for category: Technology

New traffic control centre for Argentina

Argentina is hoping a new traffic control centre will reduce the risk of accidents and derailments on a major part of its freight railway network. State-owned Trenes Argentinos Cargas has built the centre to monitor the position and speed of trains in real time across 9,000km of its track. By installing technology developed by Brazilian […]
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SJ becomes first to trial microchip train ticket

Sweden’s SJ believes it is the first train operator in the world to trial a microchip implant ticket on its services. Passengers signed up to the company’s loyalty scheme, SJ Prio, will be among the first to use the new system. The idea came from SJ’s innovation partner, Epicenter, which gives its members the option […]
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Thales secures fare collection contract for Cairo metro

Egypt’s National Authority for Tunnels has renewed its confidence with Thales with two new contracts for fare collection systems on the Cairo metro. The French firm was previously awarded contracts to upgrade the fare collection systems on Lines 1 and 2 of the Cairo Metro – which became the first metro system in Africa in 1987 […]
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Thales secures fare collection contract for Cairo metro

Egypt’s National Authority for Tunnels has renewed its confidence with Thales with two new contracts for fare collection systems on the Cairo metro. The French firm was previously awarded contracts to upgrade the fare collection systems on Lines 1 and 2 of the Cairo Metro – which became the first metro system in Africa in 1987 […]
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Delhi Metro passengers now able to travel using mobile QR code

Thales has successfully rolled out contactless ticketing technology on two stations of the Delhi Metro, India. The ‘Dream Gate’ automatic fare collection (AFC) systems are being rolled out across Phase III of the metro system and will – according to Thales – be one of the largest deployments of AFC throughout the world. The Dream Gates […]
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Alstom renew deal with Teleste for onboard passenger information systems and CCTV

Finish technology firm Teleste Information Solutions has signed another frame agreement to provide onboard systems for Alstom trains. Teleste has already delivered on-board systems to over 100 of Alstom’s trains in Europe. Its latest deal covers: passenger information systems, CCTV, intercommunication and public address systems as well as TFT and LED displays. Alstom commodity manager Laurent Bacqué said: “To […]
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Engie acquires onboard trains communications specialist Icomera

French energy firm Engie has bought onboard trains communications specialists Icomera through its subsidary Engie Ineo. Engie has outfitted 12,000 kilometres of rail, 1,800 light rail tramways with electrification, signal and telecom systems and the acquisition strengthens its position in the transport industry. The move also forms part of Engie’s plans to make mobility cleaner and […]
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Hacking the railway

The recent attacks on computer networks at health locations in Britain, Russia’s interior ministry, the Spanish telecom giant Telefonica and the US delivery firm FedEx, as well as organisations in Sweden, Germany and around the world has once again raised the issue of cyber security. Railway control and information systems are becoming more connected, and […]
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Troubleshooting failed electronics components in the rail industry

Taking on the challenge of finding robust alternatives to failing electronic components often requires some creative thinking and a little customisation. It is a scenario which is all too common in the rail industry – a suitable component is chosen, it is equipped with additional protection to help it to cope with the harsh operating […]
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Alstom to showcase smart technology that could ease metro passenger congestion

Alstom is set to showcase its Optimet real-time train occupancy technology at the UITP summit in Montreal. The product promises to enhance passenger journeys on metros by influencing them to board carriages that are less crowded. In turn the system – which has been developed by Metrolab and launched by Alstom – will ensure a smoother […]
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DB plans significant expansion of 3D-printed parts by end of 2018

From headrests to ventilation grilles, DB has already produced 1,000 spare parts using 3D printers. By the end of this year that number will have increased to around 2,000. But DB has ambitions to expand its use of 3D printers further, with as many as 15,000 components expected to be produced using the technology by […]
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