Amtrak has selected Icomera to install, maintain and monitor onboard mobile Internet service for 88 new Siemens “Venture” single-level passenger cars. Also, Trainyard Tech, a rail yard process-control systems supplier, will use Asite as its construction management platform; and Wabtec Corporation is expanding its scholarship program in India.
EQUANS, through its subsidiary Icomera, has teamed with Amtrak on behalf of the Amtrak Midwest states (Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin) to install, maintain and monitor onboard mobile Internet service for 88 new Siemens “Venture” single-level passenger cars, which are jointly owned by the Midwest states and will be operated and contracted by Amtrak.
EQUANS said that Icomera first began work with Amtrak in 2015, when it was contracted to supply “next-generation passenger Wi-Fi” for 20 Acela Express trainsets operating on the Northeast Corridor (NEC).
The companies reported that Trainyard Tech will use the “Asite Data Platform—a central repository that provides a single source of information for the project—and Field for Site—Asite’s field management solution—to streamline and standardize its project management processes, putting the correct features in place to achieve the ISO standard.”
The Asite Platform will allow the Trainyard Tech team and its railroad customers to better manage electronic assets and collect electronic data, and provide “effective collaboration in a secure environment,” the companies said.
“Trainyard Tech has developed ways to keep our files in order and to keep our projects organized,” Trainyard Tech Director of Operations Paul Johnson said. “Asite will help us elevate these processes and create a standardized way to manage and track our projects, keeping our internal teams and clients happy. It is important to us to stay organized and to ensure that the customer is up-to-date on every portion of the project and the last thing we want to do is make more work for our teams. Asite is a system that will help us organize our project management and keep the version control up-to-date so we are getting the right products, the right plan sets out to our customers.”
“We are delighted to welcome Trainyard Tech to Asite and become their project management software partner,” Asite Chief Revenue Officer Dan Lehman said.
Wabtec on July 28 reported that it is expanding its collaboration with the Foundation for Excellence (FFE) in India to provide 240 students in need with Engineering Education Scholarships, as part of its “Accelerating Careers” program.
“Success in business starts with people and cultivating the next generation of thinkers, doers and innovators,” said Sujatha Narayan, Senior Vice President and Region Leader of Wabtec India. “This partnership provides bright, economically challenged students the financial support to reach their full potential and position themselves for successful careers.”
Wabtec said that in addition to scholarships, the program will provide students “with opportunities to learn, develop and grow through internship programs, projects, and Corporate Social Responsibility activities and facility tours.”
“This program allows FFE scholars to get hands-on experience and contribute to the industry on projects that matter,” said Sudha Kidao, Managing Trustee of the Foundation for Excellence India Trust.