Citing that, under federally mandated Positive Train Control implementation by 2015, there are nearly 75,000 wayside locations on North American railroads that must be upgraded, Ansaldo STS USA has introduced the first component of its new “VitalNet™ PTC Solution” product family.
The MicroLok® II VitalNet™ CPU, a PTC central processing unit for the MicroLok® II product line, “provides vital (safey-critical) PTC compatibility that enables customers to leverage existing and new MicroLok II wayside signaling investments in concert with PTC implementation,” ASTS USA announced today. “An existing MicroLok II CPU board is easily exchanged with a VitalNet CPU board, providing a PTC-ready interface. The upgrade does not affect the existing MicroLok II interlocking logic and does not require a re-test of the application logic in most situations. Building upon an existing MicroLok II installed base with the VitalNet CPU provides PTC functionality with minimal labor costs.”
AST USA said VitalNet CPU boards are available for order and will be available for delivery to customers in volume quantities starting in October, 2009. All FRA-required safety evaluation documentation is provided for the MicroLok II as well as other ASTS USA products and systems.