Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Invensys Rail gears up for InnoTrans

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Invensys Rail says it will have its biggest ever presence at InnoTrans this year with a massive exhibit (Hall 4.2, Stand 215) "packed with demonstrations of the company's latest developments and innovations and more than 30 of the company's experts from around the world on hand to showcase them." The exhibition takes place on September 21-24 at the Messe Exhibition Centre, Berlin.

"Topping the bill will be the first ever showing of Invensys Rail's brand new LYRA Vital Systems Platform, which is vastly smaller than existing equivalents, making installation of new signaling systems to legacy rolling stock in particular easier and more cost effective than ever, as well as being highly suitable for new train applications," says Invensys Rail President and CEO James Drummond. "LYRA is especially suitable for use with European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) and European Train Control System (ETCS), and Invensys Rail hopes to make a big splash with the new device."

Another first for Invensys Rail is the European debut of the U.S.-developed developed Positive Train Control (PTC) system. "Although PTC is primarily aimed at the North American market, railways with similar operating regimes or who don't require ERTMS can also benefit from the safety and capacity enhancements our PTC solution offers," says Drummond.

Also on tap: A working ERTMS demonstrator will showcase the company's high-profile and rapidly expanding work in that demanding sector, while Invensys Rail's groundbreaking Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) systems can be "road tested" by visitors on a Driver Machine Interface. The Spanish developed SIREI control center technology is another development which Invensys Rail "expects to generate a lot of interest, particularly given the growing focus on making rail operations and their associated control centers ever more efficient," Drummond notes.

The latest iterations ofthe WESTRACE interlocking will form the heart of a demonstration of Invensys Rail's modular signaling philosophy, "which seeks to make the design, installation, operation, and eventual upgrade of signaling systems simpler,cheaper, and more effective," Drummond says. "Level crossings, meanwhile, are coming under greater scrutiny almost everywhere in terms of safety and the disruption lengthy closures can cause to road users, so our latest Grade Crossing Predictor devices are sure to be of great interest to railways with large numbers of level crossings."