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Rail supplier news from Mobilitie, Alstom, Cylus, Egis, SNCF Reseau and MTU (Nov. 18)

Mobilitie will deploy 5G wireless network infrastructure for Sound Transit's Northgate light-rail expansion. Shown: Sound Transit's Northgate Station under construction.
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Sound Transit has selected Mobilitie to deploy 5G wireless network infrastructure to support the agency's 4-mile Northgate Link light-rail expansion in Seattle. With more than 250 antennas, the wireless network on the Northgate extension includes more than 150,000 feet of fiber and cabling that provides a strong and reliable connection and backbone that will also facilitate future technologies, Mobilitie officials said in a press release.

The Alstom-led consortium Groupe PMM participated in the Reseau express metropolitain (REM) project office’s unveiling of the first rail cars that will carry passengers on the REM in greater Montreal. REM is a planned 41-mile, 26 station automated metro network. The cars for the REM are based on Alstom’s Metropolis platform. To date, Alstom has delivered four of 212 rail cars to Montreal. Meanwhile, lle-de-France Mobilites and Transilien SNCF ordered 13 Citadis Dualis trains from Alstom for $83 million. Of the order, 11 trains are destined for line T4 in France and two trains for line T12. 

Cylus and Egis partnered to form a center of excellence to support rail companies around the world in building cyber resiliency and securing critical networks. The center was designed by experts based on methodologies, technologies and standards (IEC 62443) to deliver a wide array of advanced security solutions and services to customers, Cylus officials said in a press release.

SNCF Reseau and Capgemini are deploying an application to optimize the supervision of SNCF Reseau’s rail network in France. The solution remotely monitors over 18,000 miles of railway to detect technical failures in the tracks, signaling, catenaries, level crossings or switches. Different systems work together to detect anomalies and warn maintenance staff, enabling installations to be restored as quickly as possible, SNCF Reseau officials said in a press release.

Michigan Technological University’s Rail Transportation Advisory Board added Chad Scherwinski and Rachel Klumpp as members. Scherwinski is assistant vice president of system maintenance and planning for BNSF Railway Co. in Montana. Klumpp is assistant manager of passenger contract compliance for CN in Illinois.