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Rail supplier news from Duos Technologies, Siemens, TranSystems and RSI (Jan. 25)

Duos Technologies Group Inc. has received a renewal of SAFETY Act Designation for its praesidium® technology from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Enacted by Congress in 2002, the SAFETY Act provides legal liability protections for providers of qualified antiterrorism technologies and their customers, Duos officials said in a press release. To achieve the designation, Duos had to demonstrate that praesidium® has the capacity to deter, defend against, identify, respond to or mitigate an act of terrorism. The company received initial SAFETY Act designation in 2010 with a retroactive protection for technologies deployed after April 1, 2004.

Siemens obtained a contract from Ansaldo STS to electrify two passenger-rail lines in Lima, Peru. Under the agreement, Siemens will electrify the entire metro line 2 and the first 5 miles of line 4. The scope of supply includes six feeder stations, two 20 kV cable distribution rings, and 21 rectifier substations, along with a supervisory control and data acquisition system. The two lines will connect additional city districts and the international airport to the Peruvian capital's mass transit network, Siemens officials said in a press release.

John Grow was named executive vice president and chief strategy and marketing officer of TranSystems Corp. He has more than 30 years of experience in the planning, design and management of a wide variety of transportation projects and programs in the public and private sectors, TranSystems officials said in a press release. In his new role, Grow will be responsible for expanding the firm's business development and marketing efforts and of the company's top line and various transportation market sectors. He joined the company in 2000. Before that, he served as assistant director and chief engineer for the Ohio Department of Transportation.

The Railway Supply Institute (RSI) is now accepting 2016-2017 school year applications for the annual RSI Scholarship Program, which provides a minimum of five scholarships in the amount of $5,000 to children of rail supply industry employees. Depending on the number of scholarship donations, additional awards may be given at lesser amounts, RSI officials said in a press release. Applicants must be the child or dependent of a current employee whose company is a member of RSI or one of the Coordinated Mechanical Associations. The 2016-2017 deadline is June 5. Winners will be announced in July. The application and additional eligibility requirements can be found here.

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