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11/9/2012


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Rail supplier updates from RailComm, Thales and Siemens (Nov. 9)



Herzog Technologies has selected RailComm to provide a wireless remote-control yard system for the Port of Los Angeles. The switch machines will be controlled remotely by a combination of RailComm's Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) System and handheld DTMF radios. The DOC system includes a workstation that enables the user to monitor device status and review operation logs of all system activity.

Thales has obtained its second communications-based train control (CBTC) project in Brazil in less than a year for the Manaus monorail, according to a press release. In the city of Amazonas, the 13-mile monorail will be an automated driverless system using Thales SelTrac CBTC, which will be supplied by Thales center-of-competence in Toronto. Implementation will be completed in two phases, with partial completion scheduled in time for the FIFA World Cup soccer event in 2014.

Siemens AG announced U.S. sales rose 18 percent to $5.5 billion and orders fell 2 percent to $5.1 billion in the fourth quarter of fiscal-year 2012. For the entire fiscal year, sales increased 16 percent to $21.6 billion, but orders slipped 2 percent to $20 billion on an adjusted basis compared with FY2011. Although a "strong quarter enabled us to fulfill our expectations for fiscal-year 2012 and achieve one of our best years ever," the company didn't fully succeed in boosting performance compared with its competitors, said Siemens President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Loescher in a prepared statement. "To get back to reaching our own goals, we've launched Siemens 2014, a company-wide program aimed at raising our total sectors profit margin to at least 12 percent," he said.

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