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Assuring a good future for the German railway network: Manufacturers of signalling equipment and the DB Netz AG conclude a contract for the use of innovative technology

The signalling equipment manufacturers that are organised in the German Railway Industry Association (VDB) and the DB Netz AG signed contracts for implementing standard interfaces in the control and safety systems at the end of the last year by which the joint specification works have been finished and their results will now be implemented in practice. The project is supposed to make an important contribution to the future viability of the German railway network.

Berlin, 02 January 2012 – The latest standardization results in the field of signalling engineering will be applied in practice in the form of state-of-the-art signal boxes. Signal boxes are central switch points used for controlling all control and safety systems in the railway traffic including level crossings and signal radio stations – so-called (RBC). Based on the results of the joint standardization efforts made by the industry and Deutsche Bahn, these systems are intended to be connected by modern, efficient and standardized interfaces in future.

"The contract is a milestone for the use of modern signalling box equipment that is fit for the future of the railway", said Oliver Kraft, Chairman of the Board of DB Netz AG. "Its conclusion shows that industry and railway have done their preparations in the field of technology development so that the foundations for necessary and economic products could be laid."

Axel Schuppe, Managing Director of the German Railway Industry Association (VDB) pointed out that "innovative signalling boxes are the basis for equipping the German railway corridors with ETCS – the . Hence the concluded contract proves to be a step forward on the way to an unlimited railway traffic in Europe. It is regarded as imperative to continue this way also with regard to politics."

Apart from the DB Netz AG the following industrial companies are involved in the project: Alstom Transport, Ansaldo STS, Bombardier Transportation, Funkwerk, PintschBamag, Scheidt&Bachmann, Siemens and Thales.

Published on 02 January 2012.