Supply Side: Actelis, ZEDAS GmbHWritten by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
Northern Ireland Railways (NI Railways) has selected Fremont, Calif.-based Actelis to enable high-speed connectivity for a large-scale safety critical project. Also, the ONxpress Transportation Partners consortium has chosen ZEDAS GmbH’s asset management system for the On-Corridor Works Project of the GO Expansion program in Canada’s Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
Actelis on Jan. 3 reported that its hybrid fiber-copper system will be used at NI Railways, a division of Translink that operates and maintains track, bridges, level crossings and signals, transporting more than 1.5 million riders per week.
Actelis, which provides networking solutions for wide-area IoT applications, said the NI Railways project involving the hybrid fiber-copper system “requires carrying data from the agency’s main signaling center out to their support offices.” Actelis’ system, it said “was chosen for its high speed, media flexibility and reliability. Actelis’ products are implemented both trackside and in equipment rooms, to enable applications such as:
- “Vital customer information services to train stations and remote stops across the agency’s network.
- “Viewing and remotely downloading feeds from CCTV cameras.”
Actelis said it is serving NI Railways together with its partner, The Kenton Group, which provides design, delivery and support of network access needs internationally and throughout the United Kingdom.
“The Actelis solution provides the reach, reliability, data security and speed we need to successfully support connectivity for some of our most critical network applications,” said Nigel Taylor, Telecoms Maintenance Manager for Translink. “We look forward to adding new Actelis devices in 2023 at locations where we have fiber installed to further upgrade our network.”
“IoT and digital applications are necessary to support safe and efficient rail travel,” said Tuvia Barlev, Chairman and CEO of Actelis. “We are extremely proud to extend high-speed connectivity throughout NI Railways’ network to enable the delivery of these services, meeting the needs of daily passengers across Northern Ireland.”
ZEDAS GmbH on Jan. 5 reported that ONxpress Transportation Partners—a consortium comprising Alstom, Aecon Group Inc., Deutsche Bahn International Operations GmbH, FCC Construcción S.A. and Hatch —has selected the zedas®asset software “to digitize and automate maintenance processes in the areas of rail vehicles and rail infrastructure in order to simultaneously reduce maintenance costs and ensure the reliability and safety of the systems.” The software is scheduled for use from 2024, according to ZEDAS Gmbh.
ONxpress Transportation Partners in April 2022 signed the project agreement for the On-Corridor Works Project of the GO Expansion program following a procurement process led by Metrolinx and Infrastructure Ontario.
“The multibillion-dollar On-Corridor Works Project will transform collective mobility in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), making it faster, more reliable, and more sustainable,” the consortium said at that time. “GO Expansion will transform the GO rail network from a commuter service into an all-day rapid system, converting the network from a diesel-powered commuter railway to a primarily electric regional express system, and will include system-wide upgrades to deliver all-day service every 15 minutes on the core rail network. The On-Corridor Works Project, Ontario’s largest capital infrastructure project, is an innovative, fully integrated contract that will not only deliver fast, more frequent and improved rail services within the GTHA, but also cleaner and more environmentally friendly service.”