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Global Rail Trust (GRT) has acquired Advanced Rail Management Corp. (ARM). The acquisition was announced yesterday at the 27th Annual Wheel/Rail Interaction Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. With offices in Austria, Germany and Spain, GRT provides consulting services to rail and mobility infrastructure providers. Based in the United States and Canada, ARM provides rail and wheel maintenance services to passenger and freight systems. "Our joining the GRT group means that we will be able to expand our solutions to other markets, and in turn facilitate the entry of GRT’s expertise into the North American market," said ARM CEO Gordon Bachinsky in a press release. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Humatics, in partnership with Hitachi Rail, completed a year-long pilot project evaluating the technical and economic benefits of the Humatics Rail Navigation System (HRNS). The project scope included deploying the HRNS on about a mile of Hitachi Rail's test track in Naples, Italy, and on one test vehicle, integrating with a Hitachi rail communication-based train control (CBTC) simulator. A series of test cases were completed to determine positioning and speed performance. The results were compared to ground truth sensors and evaluated against Hitachi Rail’s CBTC requirements.