Rail

Bombardier's track safety technology lauded

Posted on February 6, 2013

Bombardier Transportation has won two international innovation awards for its TrackSafe technology designed to improve safety and productivity for railway track workers.

Bombardier received one of 15 Innovation Awards presented by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Europe's largest professional engineering society, to companies across a wide variety of engineering and technology disciplines that are using innovation and imagination to enhance peoples’ lives.

The competition attracted 430 entries from 25 countries. The IET judging panel said: “TrackSafe has the potential to have a major social impact because on a global scale it would improve both trackside worker safety and urban transportation productivity. The project has demonstrated a high degree of collaboration between industry, local operators and academia in order to gain the full benefits of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and other technologies.”

The Bombardier TrackSafe technology also received the Altran UK Foundation Award, and was cited for fulfilling one of the main missions of the Foundation: “To promote technological innovation for human benefit.”

Altran is a global leader in innovation consulting.

Bombardier developed the TrackSafe product in collaboration with the McMaster RFID Applications Lab at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, to reduce the hazards of inspecting and repairing track and related infrastructure. TrackSafe takes advantage of RFID technology to create improved location awareness for track workers and train operators, alerting both to potential hazards.

At present, Bombardier and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority are conducting a TrackSafe demonstration project on the Authority’s Green Line. The project was approved by the Federal Transit Administration following a request for proposals specifically aimed at improving right-of-way safety for rail transit workers through the innovative use of new and advanced technologies.

“Safety is a top priority at Bombardier, from the safety of our employees, to the safety of the millions of passengers that we carry every year on our rail vehicles, to the safety of transit workers,” said Matt Byrne, VP, Services North America, Bombardier Transportation. “TrackSafe is a powerful solution that provides an enhanced layer of safety for track level employees and we are very proud that it has been recognized by both the IET and the Altran UK Foundation.”

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

DART awards $783M design-build contract for Cotton Belt Commuter line

The 26-mile line will stretch across North Texas from Dallas Fort Worth International Airport to Plano, and it will connect northern areas of Tarrant, Dallas, and Collin counties.

WMATA extends, improves 'Rush Hour Promise' to riders

The service guarantee has credited back approximately $1 million for more than 277,000 trips with delays greater than 15 minutes.

London Tube travel linked to the spread of flu-like illnesses

Study discovered higher rates of airborne infections in Londoners that have longer subway journeys through busier terminals.

Bombardier wins bid to build new NJ TRANSIT railcars

The order for 113 Multilevel III passenger vehicles, the largest order for railcars in recent years by NJ TRANSIT, will allow the agency to replace the oldest railcars in its fleet.

Clever Devices to replace Metra tracking, announcement systems

The contract also calls for a test on 11 cars of an automatic passenger counting system that uses cameras in the entrances.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation