Microlocation products and software provider Humatics Corp. announced that its Director of Sales, Rail and Transit Joffrey Lauthier has been appointed to lead its New York City team, which aims to improve the city’s transit system. The announcement comes on the heels of a 15-month signaling pilot leveraging ultra-wideband (UWB) technology with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and Siemens on the L train.
Lauthier’s responsibilities at Humatics include “pioneering UWB microlocation technology in the public transit ecosystem and accelerating the global adoption of Humatics’ rail navigation solution.”
Lauthier has more than 20 years of experience in the field. He started his career designing and commissioning traffic control centers for transit agencies in North America. He then went on to manage signaling projects and lead the sales of communication-based train control systems with Alstom, GE Transportation and Bombardier in Asia Pacific. Before joining Humatics, he was with SGS, where he grew a global business assessing the safety and interoperability of passenger trains.
Beginning in March 2019, Humatics partnered with New York City Transit to launch the first-ever UWB deployment for train control, outfitting 5.5 miles of track with UWB infrastructure and equipping four train cars with UWB and inertial positioning technology. The pilot “proved that Humatics’ rail navigation solution met all conditions to pursue safety certification across the system, is rugged enough to withstand the New York City transit environment, and delivers a higher positioning precision allowing trains to run closer to each other.”
Specifically designed to address industrial localization challenges, Humatics UWB technology aims to deliver “unprecedented precision and range in mission-critical applications. Humatics’ system is easily integrated with other sensors and train control systems and fuses input data from these systems to deliver a highly-accurate positioning that can be relied upon for safe train operations.”
“Signaling and transit accessibility is now more important than ever to get New York City moving again as we collectively recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Lauthier. “Having worked in transit technology and railway infrastructure for over twenty years, I look forward to working with the Humatics team and the MTA to bring much-needed improvements to the subway that can have a real impact on the lives of everyday New Yorkers.”
“Joffrey has an incredible track record of delivering results and is a superb fit for leading our new dedicated New York City team as we work with the MTA to modernize the aging system and get New Yorkers moving again,” said David Mindell, Founder and CEO, Humatics.