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Updates from RailComm, Axion, Alstom and IPICO


• CSX Transportation has expanded its RailComm Inc. Domain Operations Controller (DOC®) system located at Boyles Yard in Birmingham, Ala. RailComm modified the existing DOC server to add graphical control for additional switch locations. The system is designed to be expanded with additional workstations and/or field control nodes without interrupting the current system’s operation. RailComm also added a new DOC workstation to remotely control several additional power switches.

• Axion International Holdings Inc. obtained a $560,000 crosstie order from a major U.S. railroad. Axion, which provides structural building products produced from recycled consumer and industrial plastics, plans to leverage the order to expand crosstie business in the rail and transportation infrastructure sectors, the company said.

• Alstom announced that the first-ever metro line in the Dominican Republic entered service on Jan. 29. Dominican operator OPRET awarded Alstom a contract for 19 Metropolis trainsets in May 2006. Line 1 of the Santo Domingo metro runs nine miles from north to south, connecting Villa Mella and La Feria, and serves about 200,000 people daily at 16 stations. Alstom was responsible for producing and integrating traction systems, supplying bogies, and manufacturing and assembling cars.

• IPICO Inc. obtained an order from ProcAT N.V. for UHF tags and readers as part of a nationwide program with Societé Nationale des Chemins de fer Belges (SNCB) to automatically track, trace and secure passenger trains and rolling stock in Belgium. ProcAT will supply SNCB with IPICO's fixed and handheld readers, and custom-designed railway tags to be attached to the thousands of cars. The majority of the readers will be installed next to tracks and automatically record the data of each car as a train passes at high speeds.

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