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Bombardier marks 100 years in rail signalling industry

Anniversary will be marked worldwide by a series of employee events.


BERLIN, GERMANY — Bombardier Transportation is celebrating its 100th anniversary in the rail signalling industry.

The company said the centenary of its Rail Control Solutions (RCS) division will be marked worldwide by a series of employee events.

The anniversary is celebrated on the date of the inauguration of the Ericsson Railway Technical Department in Sweden, an important forerunner to the Bombardier rail control business. Bombardier’s RCS footprint has expanded to include over 3,600 employees at 27 sites on six continents. It has customers in over 50 countries.

“Continuously adapting the latest technology has ensured vast improvements in the safety and speed of rail travel as well as connectivity, automation and capacity,” said Peter Cedervall, president of the Rail Control Solutions Division at Bombardier Transportation.

Bombardier’s rail control innovations include the world’s first computer-based interlocking (CBI) system and the world’s first radio-based, moving block train control for driverless, automated people movers. As well as the introduction of the highest speed rail control for China’s longest lines, Bombardier was the first to implement European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) Levels 2 and 3/Regional.

Its balise technology was chosen as the worldwide standard for ERTMS and a highly advanced Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) solution has also been chosen for over 30 projects worldwide.

Bombardier Transportation is headquartered in Berlin, Germany, and has a customer base in more than 60 countries and an installed base of over 100,000 vehicles worldwide.

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