Alstom to supply Romania with signalling equipment as part of EUR100 million contract
Alstom, leader of a consortium composed of Alcatel Lucent Romania and Pas 97 Impex, will supply the Romania national railway company (CFR SA) with Atlas 200, its European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) Level 2 solution for the Sighișoara-Coșlariu-Simeria high-speed railway segment. Alstom’s share in the contract is worth around €100 million.
This represents the beginning of an extensive modernisation and signalling works on the 170 kilometre railway segment to be finalised in 40 months. The new signalling system will upgrade the commercial transportation speed from 120 km/h to 160 km/h.
In order to test and measure the performances of the supplied systems, Alstom will provide to CFR one regional train, a Coradia Polyvalent dual-mode (electric and diesel), fully equipped with testing capabilities.
Gabriel Stanciu, Managing Director of Alstom Transport in Romania, said: “We have carefully decided on the best solutions for this particular rail segment. This deal will greatly contribute to fast and safe rail transport in the region.
“The passengers will not only appreciate the increased speed and the enhanced comfort on the upgraded section, but also the design and the capabilities of the test train, showing what could be the solution for future passenger transportation needs in the country”
Alstom is the world leader in ERTMS technology with contracts awarded in 23 countries covering 12,500 km and more than 4,600 trains, and has equipped seven of the world's twelve high speed lines which use this technology. It is the second project with Atlas 200 in Romania.
Alstom was also the first company to equip a very-high-speed line with the technology from Rome to Napoli in Italy, as well as a cross-border high-speed line from Liège in Belgium to the German border, the line with the densest traffic (Mattstetten–Rothrist in Switzerland) and a line dedicated solely to freight transport on the Betuwe line in the Netherlands.
Coradia Polyvalent is a concentration of the technology created during over 30 years of experience. It is the only generation of trains to have a low floor throughout and to integrate bi-modal drive systems to give passengers a whole new experience of travelling on regional trains.
The Coradia Polyvalent bi-modal power supply system reduces the train's environmental impact, aligning its operating mode to existing infrastructure on both electrified and non-electrified lines. Moreover, its architecture allows easy maintenance.
The company’s major ongoing projects in Romania are the 25 year maintenance services provided to Metrorex, as well as several modernisation and rehabilitation projects for SNCFR.
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Pandora and IBM digitise jewellery supply chain
Pandora has overhauled its global supply chain in partnership with IBM amid an ecommerce sales boom for its hand-finished jewellery.
The company found international success offering customisable charm bracelets and other personalised jewellery though its chain of bricks and mortar retail destinations. But in 2020, as the COVID-19 outbreak forced physical stores to close, Pandora strengthened its omnichannel operations and doubled online sales.
A focus on customer experience included deploying IBM’s Sterling Order Management, increasing supply chain resiliency and safeguarding against disruption across the global value chain.
Pandora leverages IBM Sterling Order Management as the backbone it its omnichannel fulfilment, with Salesforce Commerce Cloud powering its ecommerce. Greater automation across its channels has boosted the jeweller’s sustainability credentials, IBM said, streamlining processes for more efficient delivery. It has also given in-store staff and virtual customer service representatives superior end-to-end visibility to better meet consumer needs.
Jim Cruickshank, VP of Digital Development & Retail Technology, Pandora, said the digital transformation journey has brought “digital and store technology closer together and closer to the customer”, highlighting how important the customer journey remains, even during unprecedented disruption.
"Our mission is about creating a personal experience and we've instituted massive platform changes with IBM Sterling and Salesforce to enable new digital-first capabilities that are much more individualised, localised and connected across channels and markets,” he added.
Pandora’s pivot to digital
The pandemic forced the doors closed at most of Pandora’s 2,700 retail locations. To remain competitive, it pivoted to online retail. Virtual queuing for stores and virtual product trials via augmented reality (AR) technology went someway to emulating the in-store experience and retail theatre that is the brand’s hallmark. Meanwhile digital investments in supply chain efficiency was central to delivering on consumer demand.
“Consumer behaviour has significantly shifted and will continue to evolve with businesses needing to quickly adapt to new preferences and needs,” said Kareem Yusuf, General Manager, AI Applications and Blockchain, IBM. “To address this shift, leading retailers like Pandora rely on innovation to increase their business agility by enabling and scaling sustainable supply chain operations using AI and cloud.”
Yusuf said Pandora’s success was indicative of how to remain competitive by “finding new ways to create differentiated customer experiences that protect their enterprises from disruptions to help mitigate risk and accelerate growth”.