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July 20, 2015

Italy’s RFI installs new Alstom computer-based interlocking signalling system

Italy's railway network owner Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) has installed Alstom's new remotely controllable computer-based interlocking signalling system at Bari Parco Nord as part of the €7.6m project.

Alstom SMARTLOCK

Italy’s railway network owner Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) has installed Alstom’s new remotely controllable computer-based interlocking signalling system at Bari Parco Nord as part of the €7.6m project.

The project involved replacing the previous electromechanical system with Alstom’s new generation of Smartlock 400 GP system, and other related works.

The scope of work also included installation of electrical power supply, telecommunications, air conditioning, fire alarm and extinguishing and access protection equipment.

"The collaboration with RFI to obtain the authorisation of the National Railway Safety Agency was a determining factor in ensuring the success of this project."

Alstom’s Smartlock 400 GP is the latest generation in computer-based interlocking systems for station and line control. It reduces operating costs through the full automation of route settings and direct links to station services such as passenger information systems.

It will allow the operator to manage rail traffic safely in accordance with the most recent standards and regulations.

The system has been developed by Alstom’s railway signalling centre of excellence in Bologna and its railway signalling research and development centre in Bari.

Alstom Bologna managing director David Cannafoglia said: "The collaboration with RFI to obtain the authorisation of the National Railway Safety Agency was a determining factor in ensuring the success of this project, which involved the implementation of a new product."

The company noted that the fully integrated train detection system, direct interface with point machines and signals, and remote diagnostics help to reduce maintenance costs.


Image: Smarlock 400 GP computer-based interlocking systems for station and line control. Photo: courtesy of Alstom.

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