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Alstom unveiled the world’s first Eurobalise with integrated encoding capabilities

posted on 28th Nov 2023 09:43

Alstom has introduced a groundbreaking Eurobalise that integrates simplified ERTMS encoding functionality to serve multiple use cases. This innovative solution represents a major stride in advancing rail safety standards, addressing the critical need for increased safety during track work. Its easy installation offers infrastructure operators a cost-effective proposition.

Alstom has received the first firm order from Infrabel for 50 pieces and 20-year maintenance services, with the potential to expand to 100 pieces. The production will involve engineering and manufacturing sites in Villeurbanne and Charleroi.

The solution, to be deployed by Infrabel for the first time, includes an automatic warning system to safeguard track workers. It efficiently secures the work area by transmitting "STOP" or "GO" messages to the train automatically.

When used in a Level 1 with limited supervision (ETCS L1LS) installation, it autonomously selects the right message out of 16 possibilities and transmits it to the train in SIL4 (the highest Safety Integrity Level). 

Finally, the solution addresses the essential necessity for elevated safety during track maintenance. By allowing operators to remotely control train movements, the system minimises the risk of accidents and enhances overall safety standards.

This advanced Eurobalise version is based on the proven Alstom Onvia Balise technology with over 400,000 units installed around the world.

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