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Rail supplier news from Knorr-Bremse, Arup, SISCOG and Cylus (May 24)

The Knorr-Bremse-backed Autonomous Robotics Innovation Center in Westminster, Maryland, opened last month.
Photo – Knorr-Bremse Global Care North America


The Autonomous Robotics Innovation Center in Westminster, Maryland, supported financially in part by Knorr-Bremse Global Care North America (KBGCNA), opened last month. The center is a training and educational facility serving kindergarten-through-12th-grade students involved in science, technology, engineering and math programs and robotics clubs, and college students studying computer science. KBGCNA, Knorr-Bremse’s U.S.-based philanthropic arm, contributed $77,500 in grants to fund the center's renovation, leasing and startup costs. Parent company Knorr Brake Co. is headquartered in Westminster. The center is an initiative of the nonprofit Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory.

Arup marked the opening of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s new Potomac Yard Station in Alexandria, Virginia. The engineering firm was the lead station designer and provided structural, mechanical, engineering, plumbing, civil and geotechnical engineering services, as well as information technology and communications, sustainability and security consulting. The yard underwent extensive redevelopment to build the surrounding area into a “walkable urban hub,” Arup officials said in a press release. Arup designed the station and adjoining pedestrian footbridge to promote sustainable mobility over car traffic.

SISCOG, a software company specializing in scheduling, management and dispatching solutions for public transit operators, is slated to unveil its latest comprehensive product suite at the UITP Global Public Transport Summit 2023 in Barcelona, June 5-7. The company’s products aim to address staff recruitment and retainment, environmental sustainability and resolution of operational disruptions.

Cylus recently launched the Rail Tech Security Platform, a product to defend rail operators against cyber threats. The platform offers state-of-the-art analytics capabilities for rail systems, is custom-built for operators and can be easily integrated into existing digital infrastructure, Cylus said in a press release.