Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

PS4.3m Swiss Train Firm Deal Clinched by Petards

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

PS4.3m Swiss Train Firm Deal Clinched by Petards

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TEAM Valley technology firm Petards has sealed a PS4.3m deal with a Swiss train manufacturer that is building trains for new UK services.

AIM-listed Petards creates advanced security and surveillance systems for defence, rail and emergency services, and recent years have seen the firm target the new-build train sector, in tandem with the introduction of new franchises and new train fleets.

That strategy has continued to bear fruit, with a significant amount of new business secured with manufacturers such as Bombardier Transportation and Hitachi Rail Europe. Now Petards has announced a deal that will see it supply two of its systems - its market-leading EYETRAIN CCTV and Automatic Selective Door Opening (ASDO) systems - to Stadler Bussnang AG.

The firm said the new contract is for the design, development and supply of CCTV and ASDO systems integrated into Stadler's FLIRTUK trains, the firm's first mainline rolling stock in the UK which will be used on the Intercity and Airport (Stansted Express) services and on the new East Anglia franchise, run by Abellio, which runs until 2025.

Engineering activities will start immediately, with the first equipment deliveries starting in June 2017 and is expected that the project will be completed during the second quarter of 2019.

EyeTrain technology has already been installed on thousands of trains around the globe, helping to reduce operating costs, increase safety and improve passenger satisfaction.

It gives trains, especially the driver, access to CCTV coverage of both the internal and external of saloon areas and forward facing and track debris monitoring systems, all of which is integrated into Petards' video management software.

Meanwhile, the ASDO system gives improved passenger operations at stations where the platforms are shorter than the trains - without ASDO, carriages with one or more doors not facing the platform normally remain shut, forcing passengers to board or leave the trains through other carriages. …

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