Tuesday, March 17, 2009

GE Transportation wins $60 million Trenitalia contract

Written by  Luther S. Miller, Senior Consulting Editor

Italy's Trenitalia has awarded a contract to GE Transportation worth an estimated $60 million for the design, supply, and installation of 400 onboard SSC (Sistema di Supporto alla Condotta) train-protection systems for passenger and freight diesel locomotives. Trenitalia is the operating company of Italian State Railways.

GE Transportation describes SSC as a new-generation system that "continuously monitors the actual speed of train, thereby guaranteeing that its maximum speed is not violated." When necessary, the system can enforce braking. SSC has already been adopted on more than 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles) of lines managed by RFI, the Italian Railway infrastructure group.

Erie, Pa.-based GE Transportation is a subsidiary of Fairfield, Conn.-based General Electric Co.