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Electronic interlocking system from Funkwerk to control whole marshalling yard in Sweden

(PresseBox) (Kölleda/Thüringen, ) .
- World leader in iron ore products expands rail network
- Increased productivity and safety of marshalling operations with "Alister"
- Electronic interlocking system Alister now operating in nine countries, worldwide demand increasing

Funkwerk has scored a new success in equipping railway depots with its electronic interlocking system, Alister. Swedish-based Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara AB (LKAB), one of the world's leading producers of iron ore products for the steel industry, plans to upgrade its mine railway system in the Sjöbangården marshalling yard in Kiruna with Funkwerk's leading interlocking system technology. An appropriate contract worth millions has now been placed with Funkwerk. Funkwerk will execute the contract in cooperation with Leonhard Weiss GmbH & Co. KG, which will be responsible for track construction.

Developed by Funkwerk, Alister now operates effectively in over 40 applications throughout nine countries.

"And the demand in Europe for this solution continues to rise, as electronic interlocking systems are increasingly important for efficient and safe railway operations. Processes particularly in marshalling yards can thus be automated to reduce the operating costs. Our Alister system provides a sophisticated and technologically groundbreaking solution here," explains Dr. Hans Grundner, Chief executive officer from Funkwerk.

Proven effectiveness decisive for new contract

Alister has proven its effectiveness many times over, even under extreme conditions, in Europe north of the Arctic Circle as much as in tropical Indonesia. LKAB is one of the many companies able to testify to the benefits of Alister after years of practical application.

The Sjöbangården marshalling yard north of the Arctic Circle was completely modernised between 2007 and 2009 and equipped for the first time with the modern electronic interlocking system Alister from Funkwerk. The centrally operated system has since monitored and controlled marshalling operations on 12 tracks with 32 points. As part of the system's capacity increase, a further 18 points along with 25 signals from Funkwerk are now to be integrated into the existing interlocking system. All traffic in the marshalling yard will in future be managed by Alister from a control centre. In the course of upgrading, the depot will also gain a further connection to the network of Trafikverket, the operator of Sweden's longdistance railway network. The upgrade is scheduled for commissioning in the second half of 2012.

Following the upgrade, the benefits of the Alister interlocking system will extend to the whole rail network in the Sjöbangården depot. Along with the core functions of the interlocking system and increased reaction times, the modern user interfaces will ensure greater safety and productivity. Funkwerk developed its interlocking system for LKAB with focus on the customer's safety requirements. The system is certified in compliance with the SIL (Safety Integrity Level) standard issued by the CENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization).

Market for cost-effective depot controlling systems growing

Cost-effective electronic interlocking systems are currently turning into a global market worth billions. To improve their economic efficiency for marshalling operations, but also in freight and passenger transport, railway companies need signalling technology characterised by low investment costs and long-term, costeffective operation with a high level of security. The technological Alister platform from Funkwerk meets these requirements and is easy to adapt to different interlocking applications. It is therefore suited both for passenger transport and for use in depots, marshalling yards, industrial railways, and gravity hump yards.

Alister has already gained Funkwerk a significant share in the market and promises above-average growth in light of the Europewide modernisation of railway operations over the next few years.

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Based in Kölleda near Erfurt, Funkwerk AG develops, produces and markets solution-oriented communication and information systems used in vehicles, transport and other companies and institutions. With its four segments Traffic & Control Communication (communication, management and information systems for transport and industry), Automotive Communication (communication equipment for vehicles), Enterprise Communication (telecommunication solutions, networks and data integrity for companies), and Security Communication (personal security, video monitoring and property protection), Funkwerk occupies a strategically excellent position in future markets. Further information on Funkwerk AG is available at