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Rail supplier updates from CalAmp, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Bombardier and Gannett Fleming (May 17)


•       CalAmp Corp. has obtained $5 million in initial purchase orders to supply interoperable positive train control (PTC) radios to two Class I railroads for delivery in the second half of 2012. “These initial orders for radios will facilitate a smooth transition for CalAmp from the end of our PTC development contract to full scale production,” said Mike Zachan, general manager of CalAmp’s Wireless Networks business, in a prepared statement. “In addition to our PTC radios, we will be extending CalAmp’s full suite of mobile asset management and LTE communications solutions to the rail market to further enhance our value add in this strategic market segment.”

•       Parsons Brinckerhoff has obtained two contracts, worth $12.8 million, covering design of high-speed and conventional railway systems for the United Kingdom’s second high-speed rail line, which will run between London Euston and Birmingham in the West Midlands, according to a company press release. The firm also will take a lead role across all designers for system-wide and operational maintenance issues, and will support other designers on civil engineering, construction and environmental issues.

•       Bombardier Transportation is celebrating 20 years of business with the Mexican rail manufacturing industry. To mark the occasion, the company will hold a ceremony with government officials from Mexico, Canada and Quebec, customers, and local economic development and union representatives. As part of its development strategy in Mexico in 1992, Bombardier chose Ciudad Sahagun, Hidalgo to install its design and manufacturing plant for passenger trains.

•       Gannett Fleming Transit & Rail Systems has appointed Richard Rapposelli manager of transit communications in Valley, Forge, Pa. He will be responsible for providing development and implementation of system designs of transit communications projects, analyzing communication system performance of technology platforms and related support services. Rapposelli has more than 30 years of experience providing detailed designs and implementing video-based and electronic security protection systems, intelligent transportation systems, communication system design and control care operations, construction management services for cutover and re-signaling, and design for transit systems.

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