Tuesday, April 24, 2012

GE Transportation launches new product line

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GE Transportation has launched a new a new portfolio of rail signaling and train control systems called Tempo Railway Solutions. Among Tempo’s offerings are ETCS (European Train Control System) technology and a Computer Based Interlocking system, both of which were introduced today at the UIC ERTMS (European Rail Traffic Management System) World Conference 2012 in Stockholm, Sweden.

“The introduction of Tempo Railway Solutions marks a major milestone in GE Transportation’s strategy in providing ERTMS compliant systems worldwide,” GE said. “The offering provides a complete range of ETCS-compliant wayside and onboard solutions, ETCS being one of the two main components of the ERTMS standard. ERTMS is one of the leading control systems worldwide and brings significant advantages in terms of maintenance costs savings, safety, reliability, punctuality and traffic capacity. This explains why ERTMS is increasingly successful outside of Europe, and is becoming the train control system of choice for countries such as China, India, Taiwan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia.”

Tempo Railway Solutions “are designed around a common failsafe, scalable hardware and software platform and an integrated suite of engineering tools, the combination of which simplifies the execution of railway signaling projects,” GE said. “It provides rail infrastructure managers and train operators a compelling solution to meet their current and future requirements in terms of cost and time efficiency to deploy and sustain train control and interlocking systems with minimum revenue service impact and maximum energy efficiency. The Tempo ETCS value proposition is already gaining market recognition in that its ETCS Onboard Controller (OBC) has been selected to integrate GE’s PowerHaul Series locomotives for 2013 revenue service in countries of the European Union.”

GE added that Tempo “builds on our know-how and lessons learned in designing and deploying rail signaling systems worldwide while leveraging the latest state-of-the-art hardware and software technologies developed at its recently opened Centers of Excellence in Florence (Italy) and Paris (France).”

GE Transportation plans to display its Tempo Railway Solutions portfolio at the InnoTrans exhibition in September 2012 in Berlin, Germany.