Hitachi Energy reported that its acquisition of COET “strengthens” its offering in high-power electric vehicle charging infrastructure, power electronics, and the grid edge. COET also designs, manufactures, and supplies DC traction products and components for rail and AC and DC equipment for high-power industrial applications. (Photograph Courtesy of Hitachi Energy)
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Supply Side: Hitachi Energy/COET, Comply365/Vistair

Zurich, Switzerland-based Hitachi Energy acquires COET, a designer and manufacturer of power equipment for electric mobility, rail and industry, headquartered San Donato Milanese, Italy. Also, Beloit, Wis.-based Comply365, LLC merges with Bristol, England-based Vistair Limited, forming a compliance, safety, and data-intelligence technology company to serve the rail, aviation, and defense industries.

Alstom’s Mark V cars “will make SkyTrain better and more convenient for our customers, with added amenities for people using mobility devices, strollers, and bicycles,” reported Kevin Quinn, CEO of TransLink, which on Aug. 22 unveiled the new cars (above) that have entered the testing phase at a Kingston, Ontario, facility. (TransLink Photograph)

Transit Briefs: TransLink, Amtrak, Brightline, LACMTA, NJT, WMATA

TransLink offers a preview of its new Alstom-built Mark V cars for the SkyTrain automated rapid transit system in metro Vancouver. Also, Amtrak has approved a stop in De Soto, Mo., for its Texas Eagle line; Brightline, Florida’s private-sector passenger railroad, selects Comply365’s mobile app for crews; Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA) is renaming its West Santa Ana Branch Transit Corridor project; New Jersey Transit (NJT) ranks on Forbes’ America’s Best-in-State Employers 2023 list; and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) reduces fare evasion by more than 70% with its new, higher faregates.

Watco Rolls Out iPads With Comply365’s Mobile App

Watco is wrapping up the rollout of iPads with Comply365’s Mobile App, which “distributes critical railroad resources in electronic format, making them searchable and easily kept up to date,” the company announced

IANR Adopts Comply365 Digital Rulebooks

Class III Iowa Northern Railway (IANR) has contracted with Comply365, a provider of enterprise SaaS (software as a service) and mobile solutions for content management and document distribution, to transform its operation

Keolis is digitizing operating documents such as rulebooks, bulletins and special instructions that more than 1,000 train conductors, locomotive engineers, track workers and other personnel are required to carry when operating on the MBTA Commuter Rail network.

Supply Side: Comply365, Duos Technologies

Keolis Commuter Services, operator of Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) commuter rail, has selected Comply365 to digitize materials for operations personnel; and Duos Technologies has partnered with Dell to help streamline its automated railcar inspection system.

NS, Comply365 Deploy Digital T&E Tools

Norfolk Southern’s “digital transformation” initiatives now include rulebooks, bulletins, special instructions, and other “mission-critical documents” that the railroad’s more-than 8,000 T&E (Train and Engine) workers—conductors, engineers and other field operating personnel—are required to carry while on duty. NS has contracted with Cloud-hosted software provider Comply365 for rollout of a content management system and mobile application to “digitize operations, improve efficiency and enhance safety and compliance.”