With 4G and 3G mobile networks potentially causing severe interference to safety-critical GSM-R, Sweden's railway sector is currently engaged in an intensive programme to combat the problem by a self-imposed deadline of July 1. Kevin Smith reports on the project's progress.
THE European Railway Agency (ERA), which became operational in 2006, was set up by the European Union as part of its plan to create a single railway area. ERA is responsible for developing a common approach to safety, safety regulation and accident investigation, enhancing interoperability through the Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSIs) which it sets for railways and manufacturers and by acting as the system authority for the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), and facilitating the exchange of information within the railway sector.
BOMBARDIER ended 2015 announcing an important development: Canadian pension fund La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ) will acquire a 30% stake in Bombardier Transportation to become a second shareholder alongside our parent company Bombardier, which will retain a 70% majority stake. La Caisse is a globally-invested pension fund and one of the largest institutional investors in North America.
TESTS of on-board functionality of ETCS Baseline 3, conducted on an operational line fitted with Baseline 2 ETCS in Switzerland during the second half of April, have successfully demonstrated the backward compatibility of the two versions of software, says Siemens.
HITACHI announced on January 14 that its onboard ETCS equipment has been fully certified by a notified body in accordance with the European Control Command and Signalling Technical Specification for Interoperability (CCS TSI).
Advances in GPS technology mean it is now possible to track wagons in real-time, offering benefits for customers, operators, and fleet managers. Colin Gerrish, CEO of PJ Measurement Technologies UK, and Günter Petschnig, CEO of PJ Messetechnik, Austria, outline the monitoring capabilities of the new Waggontracker system.