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Bombardier Level Crossing Technology Set to Increase Rail Security

December 16, 2013 Warsaw Transportation,  Press Release

  • BOMBARDIER EBI Gate 2000 solution part of EU-funded PROTECTRAIL project
  • First integration of Bombardier’s level crossing system with obstacle detector will offer customers increased functionality and security
  • Successful testing completed during industry demonstration in Poland

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation has participated in the European Union funded railway industry partnership for integrated security of rail transport, PROTECTRAIL, as a consortium partner. As part of this, its EBI Gate 2000 level crossing system contributed to demonstrations of the latest state-of-the-art rail security solutions at the test track in Żmigród, Poland. The system is manufactured in Poland and integrated with an obstacle detector for the first time.

The successful testing was the result of the collaboration between Bombardier’s site in Katowice and the global technology company Honeywell, which provided the radar scanner. When integrated, the EBI Gate 2000 system is able to receive information about an obstacle on the level crossing, which may impact the crossing or train operations, and send data to the PROTECTRAIL system. The information can then be used to alert crossing, station or train personnel. This successful testing also provides the foundation to develop a mechanism to inform the train driver about the need to brake.

The demonstration was attended by approximately 100 participants, including Andrzej Massel, former Under Secretary of State, Polish Ministry of Transport; Jerzy Wisniewski, Fundamental Values Director, UIC; representatives of the European Commission as well as project partners, railway stakeholders, transport authorities and rail police.

Slawomir Nalewajka, Head of Rail Control Solutions Poland, Bombardier Transportation, said: “As well as contributing to this important study, which will help meet customers’ growing expectations regarding security, these tests have provided valuable field experience in operating the integrated system. The increased functionality will further benefit the security and safety of our rail infrastructure.”

PROTECTRAIL is one of the largest integration projects for railway security at present. The consortium is composed of 29 companies working together since September 2010 to integrate existing security solutions in the rail environment to meet future security challenges. The objective is to develop a global framework, taking existing solutions, making them interoperable, and testing them in demonstrations with real-life scenarios.

As a leading consortium partner, Bombardier’s Network Solutions group is responsible for the global integration efforts of the 29 members to improve overall passenger security. In Poland, the consortium has demonstrated an effective common approach to reduce the engineering costs associated with integration while improving the overall situational awareness in security and operational control centres.

For more information visit www.protectrail.eu.

About Bombardier Transportation

Bombardier Transportation, a global leader in rail technology, offers the broadest portfolio in the rail industry and delivers innovative products and services that set new standards in sustainable mobility. BOMBARDIER ECO4 technologies – built on the four cornerstones of energy, efficiency, economy and ecology – conserve energy, protect the environment and help to improve total train performance for operators and passengers. Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and has a very diverse customer base with products or services in more than 60 countries. It has an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.

About Bombardier

Bombardier is the world’s only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, we posted revenues of $16.8 billion. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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