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Updates from Alstom, HDR, C.R. England, General Cable and NICE Systems


• An Alstom Transport-led consortium obtained two contracts from the National Authority for Tunnels for infrastructure and signaling work on Line 3 of Cairo, Egypt’s metro system. The contracts cover the second phase of Line 3, which will link the Abbasiya district with Al-Ahram, a distance of about four miles. The entire 20.5-mile line will extend from the Cairo airport to Imbaba. Alstom will provide its Urbalis 200 train-control system, points machines and station signaling equipment. The company also will help design and supply electromechanical systems for four stations.

• Engineering and consulting firm HDR has named Timothy Dougherty national director of design-build for the transportation business group. He most recently was senior project manager and vice president with Parsons Brinckerhoff, where he also held various other positions the past 18 years.

• Transportation service provider C.R. England Inc. has won the 2008 Globe and Spear Award from the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. The award recognizes a carrier’s on-time pick-up and delivery service, equipment availability, customer service and tracing capabilities. Since 1999, C.R. England has worked with Wrigley to determine which loads would be better suited on rail versus trucks. C.R. England provides intermodal, truckload, LTL and other transportation services.

• General Cable announced it obtained approval for MTA New York City Transit’s TX cable specification, including the Polyrad® XT – TX. General Cable now is a qualified supplier for future NYCT capital programs, and maintenance, repair and operational requirements. The transit agency’s capital program investments should spur increased demand for infrastructure cables, General Cable said.

• NICE Systems Ltd. obtained a contract from Xian Metro to provide IP video security systems for 21 stations for the Chinese city's first metro line, which is schedule to open by 2010’s end. The stations will be connected to a security system featuring NICE’s real-time distributed digital video and 700 channels, and monitored for potential crime activity and terrorist threats, enabling security personnel to identify risks and take appropriate actions.

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