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Bombardier introduces maintenance, security systems to North American transit-rail market


Bombardier Transportation has been busy at this week’s American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) 2007 Rail Conference in Toronto. The company introduced two new products to the North American transit-rail market.

Yesterday, Bombardier launched the ORBITA rail maintenance solution, a new predictive maintenance program available under its third-party fleet maintenance services. The system comprises data filtering and visualization capabilities, automated alerts and advisories. ORBITA transfers data remotely in real time from vehicles to wayside control centers, where Bombardier experts analyze it, coordinate with maintenance centers and cross-reference the information with the firm’s database of global rail fleet information to establish equipment performance patterns and identify potential issues.

Launched internationally in 2006, ORBITA currently is being used by the United Kingdom’s First ScotRail.

Bombardier also introduced the SEKURFLO rail security system. Designed in conjunction with video surveillance solutions supplier March Networks, SEKURFLO is a new line of onboard mobile security solutions.

SEKURFLO includes advanced audio and video surveillance capabilities, security event recording and integrated security event management features. Packages range from basic onboard recording and manual data downloading to more advanced, fully integrated, real-time onboard-to-wayside monitoring.

Bombardier and March Networks are securing contracts with several transit operators overseas.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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