Thales

Simmons Machine Tool Corp. and Hegenscheidt-MFD Corp.—partner companies within the NSH Group since 2001—are merging to better serve customers. Simmons designs and manufactures precision machines and automation systems for railway wheelset maintenance and production, and Hegenscheidt-MFD Corp. provides technical support, service and tooling for the company’s deep rolling crankshaft products in North America.

Supply Side: Simmons Machine Tool, Thales, BAI

Simmons Machine Tool Corp. and Hegenscheidt-MFD Corp. are merging to become NSH USA Corp. In addition, Thales’ interoperable ticketing technology is now “Visa Ready for Transit” certified, and BAI Communications (BAI) is acquiring Mobilitie, a U.S. telecommunications infrastructure company.

Positioning, The Next Generation

Among the final duties that former MTA New York City Transit Vice President Network and Resignaling Pete Tomlin discharged before he left the agency following Andy Byford’s resignation as President was demonstrating an innovative piece of new technology—UWB (Ultra-Wide Band), wireless technology that offers faster and less-expensive installation of modern CBTC (communications-based train control) by eliminating much of the onboard and wayside equipment traditionally required for advanced-technology signaling. Tomlin—arguably one of the finest signaling and train control people on the planet—collaborated with suppliers Thales and Piper Networks in an impressive public demonstration of UWB.

High Capacity Light Rail

RAILWAY AGE, DECEMBER 2019 ISSUE: If legendary New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra were to ride Ottawa’s new Confederation Line, he would say—provided he was familiar with the old North Shore’s Electroliners or Philadelphia Suburban Transportation Co.’s Liberty Liners—“It’s déjà vu all over again.”