Guardia consists of both hardware and software installed in the train, and allows the driver to visualise the train\u2019s position, speed and additional data, which is also transmitted to the control centre. Data such as track warrants can be collected at the same time.\r\n\r\nStadler formed a joint venture with Italian automatic train protection system manufacturer Mermec in July to develop ETCS capabilities, while also setting up an engineering site in Wallisellen, Switzerland.\r\n\r\nBLS placed an order in January for 52 Flirt EMUs that will enter operation between 2021 and 2025, with an option for 90 additional units.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe are delighted to be able to equip BLS trains with our automatic train protection system,\u201d says Stadler\u2019s head of signalling, Mr Alexandre Gr\u00eat. \u201cTo ensure the company\u2019s independence, it is important for Stadler to be able to offer its own signalling solutions. This is also a significant step forwards into the digital future for Stadler.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cWe welcome this competition in the field of automatic train protection systems and are convinced that Guardia will prove to be an innovative, reliable and flexible automatic train protection system for our BLS Flirt trains,\u201d says BLS project manager, Mr Stefan Maurer. \u201cIt will keep our annual system operating costs low, and vehicle availability high. Alongside the security aspect, it will also be of direct benefit to our customers.\u201d\r\n\r\nFor more information on fleet orders around the world, subscribe to IRJ Pro.