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Lockheed Martin to help Australian rail network manager develop train management system


Australian Rail Track Corp. (ARTC) and Lockheed Martin recently reached an agreement to develop an Advanced Train Management System (ATMS) for ARTC's rail networks.

Based on Telstra's Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology, ATMS will be designed as a single communications system to replace nine separate communications systems. ATMS will feature computerized in-cab signaling to replace current trackside systems, satellite-based location technology and an automated warning system.

ARTC plans to implement the system to operate more trains and boost rail capacity. The Australian government will provide ARTC $42 million to build a fully interoperable communications system and $20.3 million to develop an ATMS blueprint.

"This new state-of-the-art system will improve rail performance and productivity, and put Australia in the forefront as a world leader in advanced railway systems,” said Chuck Cantello, Lockheed Martin vice president for rail systems, in a prepared statement.

ARTC manages Australia's national interstate rail network, including systems in New South Wales and Hunter Valley.

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