WABTEC reported on June 16 that it has acquired Collins Aerospace’s Arinc rail solutions business, a rail dispatch and back-office system provider. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The move follows three recent acquisitions by Wabtec: Trimble’s Beena Vision wayside inspection system business in April; MASU’s railway friction business based in New Delhi, India, in January; and Greenbriar Equity Group’s Nordco unit in March 2021.

Wabtec said the Arinc transaction will expand its digital and electronics portfolio.

Arinc’s rail solutions business supports transit, regional, inter-city, commuter, subway and light rail systems across the United States and Canada. According to Wabtec, this includes “dispatch and back-office capabilities with fully integrated train control and Positive Train Control (PTC), control centre integration and customer information systems, as well as cybersecurity and life-cycle management solutions. Arinc’s RailwayNet product provides connectivity to the Interoperable Train Control (ITC) Federated Network that supports PTC messaging, including full message functionality, back-office, and operations centre services, system monitoring, and support.”

In 2019 the company was awarded a three-year contract by NJ Transit to replace its Train Management and Control (TMAC) and Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (Scada) systems.

“Arinc’s rail solutions systems, coupled with Wabtec’s digital and electronics portfolio, will accelerate the industry’s journey of rail optimisation,” says president of Wabtec’s Digital Electronics business, Mr Nalin Jain.