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November 3, 2016

US firm Metrom Rail releases new positive train control system

US-based Metrom Rail has launched a new positive train control (PTC) solution to address challenges faced by executives at transit agencies to adopt systems to improve passenger and worker safety.

US-based Metrom Rail has launched a new positive train control (PTC) solution to address challenges faced by executives at transit agencies to adopt systems to improve passenger and worker safety.

The new modular Aura PTC solution, which can be implemented without any impact on train throughput, uses wireless sensor systems that do not require centralised back-office operations.

Designed for transit lines that do not share track with freight trains, the system provides collision avoidance, speed and signal compliance, precision berthing, and worker protection.

The modular design of Aura ensures integration with new and existing transit rail systems.

Metrom Rail co-founder and CEO Jim Marchi said: "PTC technology is vital to improving the safety of passenger rail.

“Aura utilises the most advanced technology to solve these critical safety challenges for transit agencies."

"PTC technology is vital to improving the safety of passenger rail."

The Aura PTC system can be installed easily and ensures signal compliance, speed limit adherence, and separation enforcement, as well as position monitoring by sounding a warning in case a train operator violates operation rules. The system will decelerate or stop the train if the operator takes no action.

A data recorder integrated with the Aura system enables transit agencies to monitor train and operator activity and performance.

Metrom Rail co-founder and chief operating officer Rick Carlson said: "As technology innovators with experience in aerospace and healthcare, Jim and I have developed a knack for questioning the status quo and developing alternatives to legacy systems.

"After helping a majority of the Class I freight railroads for the past four years, we are excited to bring transit agencies a more practical solution to enhance efficiency and improve safety."


Image: Metrom Rail’s Aura positive train control system. Photo: courtesy of PR Newswire Association LLC/ Metrom Rail.

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