Wabtec secures rail interoperability contract in Australia

interoperability of rail systemsThe Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and Wabtec Corporation signed rail digital solution agreement under which the two companies will collaborate on developing one of the few approaches being considered to address interoperability of rail systems in Australia.

The company will investigate the capabilities of ARTC’s advanced train management system (ATMS) solution. Wabtec will develop the interoperability standard between ATMS and European Rail Traffic Management System – ETCS Level 2.

ATMS is part of the next generation of train management and safe working systems using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and public cellular networks to connect track infrastructure, locomotives, and network control. It enables autonomous train-based location determination, authority and speed supervision, and increased driver situational awareness.

ARTC and Wabtec will work together with the relevant stakeholders to outline the concept of operations and define the standards to realise the interoperability solution.

“ARTC recognises the complex challenge of solving interoperability of rail systems, and we are pursuing multiple pathways to find a feasible solution that will help to make rail safer and more competitive across Australia. We are excited to partner with Wabtec to actively pursue one of the options. The Australian Government recognizes the importance of rail interoperability as a priority, and we will continue to work with government and other key stakeholders to deliver systems and software solutions that enhance the nation’s rail system,” Wayne Johnson, CEO and Managing Director of ARTC said.

“This project will be a key building block that enables ARTC to transform Australia’s freight rail network. The system’s interoperability provides the option of integrating with locomotive digital solutions like the energy management and scheduling optimisation technologies that Australian railroads use in their operations,” Nalin Jain, President of Digital Intelligence at Wabtec said.

The proposed solution will provide software, systems, and services for ARTC to unlock productivity, advance sustainability, and enhance the safety of ARTC’s operations network spanning approximately 8,500 km.

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