Alcatel awarded rail safety contract

Alcatel has been awarded 20 million Euros to deliver control and safety train detection systems, including several thousand advanced-technology axle counters, to the Taiwan Railway Administration.

Alcatel today announced that it has been awarded a contract to deliver control and safety train detection systems, including several thousand advanced-technology axle counters, to the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA).

The contract, valued at approximately 20 million Euros, is the largest ever signed worldwide for this class of railway monitoring solution.

Alcatel will equip the entire 1100km-long Taiwanese network with 6,200 axle counters within the next two years. About 2,500 multiple-section axle counters and 3,700 single section axle counters will be installed for automatic train detection in all stations and track sections.

Alcatel 6315 FieldTrac is a two-out-of-two microprocessor-based multiple-section axle counter system, which, according to Alcatel, can evaluate and monitor up to 32 sections simultaneously. Alcatel 6316 FieldTrac, a single section axle counter, is reportedly able to evaluate three detection points and monitor one section.

“We are proud to have delivered the first axle counters worldwide certified for the highest safety integrity level (SIL 4) in accordance with CENELEC (European committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation) standards,” commented Hans Leibbrand, Head of Alcatel’s transport solution activities in Germany.