Westermo Data Communications is sponsoring the Signalling and Telecommunications Engineer of the Year award at this year’s RailStaff Awards. The award aims to highlight pioneering work developed by the rail industry’s signalling and telecommunications specialists as new projects and renewals crowd the rail industry’s expansionist agenda. 2014 is proving a busy year for Westermo as it launches a new training programme at Network Rail’s York centre and prepares to take part in Rail Live 2014.
Says Phil Mounter, Rail Projects Sales Manager at Westermo, ‘It is important to recognise the contribution made to railways internationally by railway signal engineers. The growing signalling and telecommunications sector is sometimes overlooked but it makes a huge contribution to the new rail industry.’ In an industry where timing is crucial and every second counts, top-performing signalling installation engineers are an integral element of rail engineering dynamics.
‘Signalling and telecommunications engineers are out there whatever the weather and wherever the project takes them. They work with quiet professionalism and concision to get the job done – often within the parameters of a tightly-timed possession or total blockade,’ says Phil. ‘We want to recognise these men and women and this award is a big thank you to all our customers, suppliers and staff,’ Phil adds.
Says Tom O’Connor, managing director of the Rail Media Group, ‘Westermo is at the heart of developing new technologies that underpin the signalling and telecommunications sections of the industry. Phil’s quite right – we don‘t hear enough about S & T engineers and this award will go some way to redressing that. I’d like to thank Phil and wish all signalling engineers well at the RailStaff Awards 2014.’
The RailStaff Awards is a cross-industry exercise in getting together and uniting the industry. Says Phil, ‘Getting together is important. Part of our approach is to communicate directly with signalling and telecommunications designers, installers, maintenance technicians, engineers and managers. We believe we are all in the communications business. For us, talking, discussing and refining what we do is essential and gives us the edge. Top S&T engineers choose Westermo when building mission- critical communications networks.’
Westermo products are built using high quality, military-grade components with low power consumption and data integrity in mind. Westermo offers some of the most reliable, secure and energy efficient products on the industrial market today. Founded in 1975 in Sweden, Westermo now has a global reach. In Britain Westermo has been supplying Ethernet and serial industrial communications devices to the rail industry for many years. New ideas, top quality equipment and listening to the concerns of the engineers themselves has placed Westermo among the market leaders in signalling and telecommunications.
Westermo has recently signed a contract with Network Rail to provide training for personnel in Industrial Data communications at Network Rail’s brand new training facility in York. The training, as well as covering current and emerging technologies, will also include older legacy equipment which is still very much part of the Network Rail Infrastructure and will be for some time to come.
For the first time and new to 2014, Westermo will be rolling out its new Road Train vehicle at Rail Live 2014. Says Phil, ‘Our Road Train vehicle is a mobile demonstration and training centre for delivering both product training and technology workshops to engineers and managers of all disciplines.
On show inside the vehicle will be the Wireless Distant Signal, a collaborative joint venture between Network Rail’s Modular Signalling group, Westermo and others which is developing ways of renewing signalling on secondary routes at a substantially lower cost than could be achieved by the usual techniques. Also participating and forming part of our technology workshop will be Atkins and Schneider Rail.’
‘Rail Live 2014 at Long Marston, Warwickshire on 18th and 19th June will be a great opportunity to meet customers and suppliers,’ says Phil. ‘Both because of its location and thanks to Network Rail and the Rail Alliance it is right at the heart of the rail industry. We look forward to seeing Westermo customers there and amongst them, who knows, maybe a future winner of this award.’
For more information about Westermo see http:// www.westermo.co.uk