Alstom becomes world’s first company to be fully certified for latest digital train control standard

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Reaffirming its leading position in digital rail technologies, Alstom has become the first company in the world to be fully certified for the latest onboard and trackside ETCS standards. The certifications were issued by the independent railway certification and testing organisation Belgorail. The newest software evolution ensures interoperability with Baseline 3 Maintenance Release 2 for the complete railway system. 

“We are proud to have yet again set a new standard in rail. We are on track to gradually replacing all the existing incompatible systems throughout Europe and optimising and boosting the international freight and passenger transport,” said Jean Francois-Beaudoin, SVP Alstom Digital Mobility. 

“With this certification, we are looking forward to offering our advanced technologies to India and supporting in revamping of the mainline railway landscape”, added Thameem Kamaldeen, Managing Director – Alstom Digital Mobility, India & South Asia. 

  • ETCS is the signalling and control component of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) which provides a system of standards for train signalling management. 
  • It is arguably the most efficient train control system in the world, bringing significant advantages in terms of maintenance cost savings, safety, reliability, punctuality and traffic capacity. 
  • It is a replacement for the legacy train protection systems and is designed to replace the many incompatible safety systems currently in operation. 
  • This explains why ETCS is increasingly successful outside Europe and is becoming the train control system of choice for countries such as India, Australia, Taiwan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia.
  • The first projects include application of the new standards on a conventional line in Monza-Chiasso, Italy, with revenue service planned for summer 2021, and the very high-speed line Paris-Lyon, France, with revenue service planned for 2024. 
  • Alstom is a major supplier of onboard and trackside ETCS equipment via its ATLAS solution, representing 70% of the world’s onboard rail systems in service and 18,000 kilometres of tracks worldwide. 
  • In total, Alstom has been contracted to equip 9000 trains with Atlas onboard solutions, of which 1,100 vehicles will be equipped with the Baseline 3 Release 2 solution. 
  • Today, across 30 countries, Alstom has provided significant performance improvement for all ETCS standards, including the very first application of ETCS Level 3 in Germany. 
  • As an energy efficient solution, ATLAS is designed to be scalable to meet customer needs across various levels. 
  • In the latest versions of ATLAS, Alstom introduces virtual and adaptive blocks, prioritising reduction in infrastructural needs and costs.  
  • Atlas also comes with Automatic Train Operations (ATO) systems that ensures interoperability. 
  • Alstom sees huge potential for the technology in the Indian market. 
  • Indian Railways has already announced that it is planning to install ETCS Level 2 on four lines across the North, East, South & West zones, as a pilot project to reduce congestion on the railway network and increase line capacity, thereby improving punctuality and increasing the average speed of the train while ensuring safety. 
  • National Capital Region Transport Corporation (NCRTC) has also decided to equip India’s first RRTS corridor (Delhi-Meerut) with ETCS Level 2 signalling system.

About Alstom:

Leading the way to greener and smarter mobility worldwide, Alstom develops and markets integrated systems that provide the sustainable foundations for the future of transportation. Alstom offers a complete range of equipment and services, from high-speed trains, metros, trams and e-buses to integrated systems, customised services, infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility solutions. The company recorded sales of €8.2 billion and booked €9.9 billion of orders in the 2019/20 fiscal year. Headquartered in France, Alstom is present in over 60 countries and employs 38,900 people.

About Alstom in India:

Alstom has established a strong presence in India. It offers a complete range of equipment and services, from high-speed trains, metros, trams and e-buses to integrated systems, infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility solutions. With more than 5700 full times employees, and in line with Government’s Make-in-India’ initiative, Alstom has been investing heavily in the country to deliver world class rolling stock, research & development and components to not only serve the domestic market, but also rest of the world. We have four industrial sites in the states of Bihar (Madhepura), Andhra Pradesh (SriCity), Tamil Nadu (Coimbatore) and West Bengal (Kolkata). India also houses in Karnataka (Bengaluru), the largest Engineering centre for Alstom, outside of France. Additionally, Alstom has a localized sourcing and supply chain, to the extent that most projects are over 75% percent built from indigenous materials. 

Source: Alstom-Press Release

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