Bombardier Launches State-of-the Art Coded Track Circuit

2008-03-31 06:01:00

Bombardier Launches State-of-the Art Coded Track Circuit

PLYMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM–( EMWNews – March 31, 2008) – Bombardier Transportation Rail Control Solutions launched the new BOMBARDIER EBI Track 400 jointless coded track circuit at the recent Infrarail exhibition in Birmingham, UK. The cutting-edge track circuit, which offers unparallelled levels of safety, noise immunity and interoperability, was unveiled to the press and potential customers from all over the world, from as far as Korea. Tom Harris, MP and Under-Secretary of State for Transport, was also one of the first visitors to view the new equipment.

Allan Morgan, Business Director UK, Bombardier Transportation Rail Control Solutions, said: “The launch of this new EBI Track 400 track circuit technology is the culmination of over thirty years of experience and development in this important field. It forms the latest part of our well-established range of EBI Track train detection equipment, including the EBI Track 200 (TI21) track circuit. We already have a strong installed base of over 40,000 track circuits globally, including in the UK, Korea, Estonia, South Africa, Australia and India and we have already begun to see wide interest in this advanced technology.”

Colin Walton, Chairman and Chief Country Representative, Bombardier Transportation UK, commented: “Bombardier prides itself on being at the forefront of new technology and we are proud to be launching this latest advanced product. Bombardier has a long history of working with track circuits, and our facility here in Plymouth, where our engineers have developed the new product, continues to meet the ever changing market demands in the UK and international rail signalling industry.”

The EBI Track 400 coded track circuit uses advanced satellite communication techniques and multi-bit coded telegrams to deliver excellent code recognition performance in the noisy track circuit environment. These features significantly enhance the reliability of the track circuits, with exceptional traction immunity far exceeding industry standards. An integrated and remote track condition monitoring function enables preventative maintenance before traffic disruption. Benefits of the new technology also include that a train safety case can be made independent of track circuits, since the system is designed to meet forthcoming European interoperability standards. Developed in collaboration with satellite communication experts, Bombardier has a patent pending on this unique coding modulation scheme. Bombardier Transportation’s Rail Control Solutions portfolio covers the whole range of BOMBARDIER CITYFLO mass transit solutions, from manual to fully automatic systems as well as communication-based systems. It also provides BOMBARDIER INTERFLO mainline solutions, from conventional systems to ERTMS level 2 systems. Bombardier solutions encompass a complete palette of wayside and onboard signalling products.

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Bombardier Transportation

Bombardier Transportation has its global headquarters in Berlin, Germany with a presence in over 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide. The Group offers the broadest product portfolio and is recognized as the leader in the global rail sector.

About Bombardier

A world-leading manufacturer of innovative transportation solutions, from regional aircraft and business jets to rail transportation equipment, systems and services, Bombardier Inc. is a global corporation headquartered in Canada. Its revenues for the fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2007, were $14.8 billion US, and its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD). Bombardier is listed as an index component to the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. News and information are available at www.bombardier.com.

BOMBARDIER, INTERFLO, CITYFLO and EBI are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

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