SANTA CLARA, CA and ROCHESTER, NY--(Marketwired - Apr 16, 2013) - Lilee Systems and Alstom today announced the joint launch of a new, first-of-its-kind suite of interoperable Positive Train Control (PTC) products for rail lines. Combining their respective expertise in advanced communications systems and rail signaling technologies, the two companies have developed an Interoperable Train Control (ITC) solution that for the first time offers the industry a Wayside Interface Unit with Systems Management Agent (SMA) functionality. The companies will unveil and demonstrate their new offering during the third annual PTC World Congress in Orlando, Florida.
The partners' joint PTC offering is built on Alstom's proven microWIU Wayside Interface Unit and addresses two fundamental priorities -- safety and smart management of railroad's wayside signaling and train control equipment. Augmenting the microWIU with Systems Management Agent (SMA), Service (SMS) and Gateway (SMG) capabilities allows rail system operators to monitor, configure, control, secure and update their installed train control equipment and assets using a fully-integrated communications network. This approach improves and simplifies management of railroads' ITC devices. The joint offering is available immediately to rail operators in the U.S. and Canada.
"Lilee Systems and Alstom have well-established track records for solving customers' signaling and train control challenges," according to Steve Zwart, Alstom's Director of PTC activity. "Recognizing a need to help those same customers simplify and accelerate their PTC deployments, we are now building on our complementary core competencies and together providing a suite of tools that make the management of PTC wayside assets secure, reliable and easy to deploy."
"Alstom is a rail industry leader with superior solutions and deep technical knowledge," Jia-Ru Li, CEO of Lilee Systems, added. "By combining their proven microWIU wayside interface unit with our WMS-2000 communications and asset management framework, we are reducing the complexity of our customers' freight and commuter rail PTC implementations."
The launch of this new wayside train control technology offerings comes as freight and passenger rail operators work towards fulfilling a federal mandate for full deployment of Positive Train Control technology by December 31, 2015.
About Lilee Systems
Founded by leaders in the wireless industry and headquartered in California's Silicon Valley, Lilee Systems is the leading vendor of wired and wireless IP-networked communications products and solutions focused exclusively on the railroad and rail transit industry. Team members have extensive backgrounds in IP routing and switching, standardized LMR communications, and have been voting members of the IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi, 802.15 WPAN, and 802.16 WiMAX working groups for many years. The company's extensive experience in Software-Defined Radio (SDR) technology makes Lilee unique in the industry. By leveraging its core competencies in radio frequency (RF) systems and networking, Lilee Systems has developed the TransAir family, including the PTC-3000 series 220 MHz Radio Transceiver, the WMS-2000 Wayside Messaging Server, the LMC-5000 series Mobility Controller, and Communications Manager units to offer a complete end-to-end interoperable IP-based communications network. For more information, please visit http://www.lileesystems.com.
Lilee Systems, TransAir, and the Lilee Systems logo are trademarks of Lilee Systems. All other brands, products, or service names are or may be trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.
Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure and sets the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest capacity automated metro in the world, provides turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. The Group employs 92,000 people in around 100 countries. It had sales of EUR 20 billion and booked close to EUR 22 billion in orders in 2011/12.
Alstom offers the first Federal Railroad Administration type-approved Positive Train Control solution in North America, and the only one with over ten years of revenue service on America's busiest rail corridor. Alstom's proven ACSES PTC technology, systems integration capabilities and unwavering commitment to safety make Alstom the provider to help customers meet the mandate for PTC deployment.
The microWIU is Alstom's latest PTC innovation. A compact, stand-alone vital Wayside Interface Unit (WIU), the microWIU offers a low-cost, scalable solution for monitoring vital input sources as part of a complete PTC network. The technology behind the microWIU, and Alstom's full suite of PTC wayside solutions, is based on proven safety-focused design principles, which enable Alstom to provide robust, scalable and reliable PTC products. Learn more at www.alstomsignalingsolutions.com/ptc.