Siemens Receives System Acceptance for Latest RailCom Manager Release

Posted by Barry Pearson on June 6, 2014  |   Comments Off on Siemens Receives System Acceptance for Latest RailCom Manager Release

Siemens Rail Automation has received full System Acceptance from Network Rail for the latest release of their RailCom Manager platform, which facilitates the control of IEC61850 devices within an automated substation. This follows the successful completion of an upgrade of the SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) traction power control system at Network Rail’s integrated electronic control centre in York earlier this year.

Originally installed in 2002, the upgrade was required not only to overcome certain areas of obsolescence, but also to extend the operational life of the system and to provide the capability for future interfaces to Network Rail’s new DNP3-IP communications protocol.

The work, which saw the successful migration of the SCADA traction power system to Siemens’ latest RailCom Manager platform, took place over a 20 day period and was followed by a 30 day trial, with the system being signed into operational use on 2 January 2014. The whole programme was delivered as a completely seamless migration, with no disruption to the operational railway.

Commenting on the programme, Vincent Clark, Electrical Control Manager at Network Rail said: “The update of the SCADA system at York was delivered seamlessly by the professional Siemens team. Not only was the project completed on budget and within the agreed timescales, but also without a single minute’s delay to the operational railway. We now have a SCADA system which is fit for the 21st century”.

The system accommodates the forthcoming changes to the East Coast Main Line, in line with Network Rail’s power supply upgrade programme, and can be easily expanded to control other areas of the infrastructure.

Siemens’ Technical Support Services Manager, Andy Smith, added: “We were delighted to have completed this vital update work and to have received System Acceptance for RailCom Manager. The update has delivered both improved operational performance and a completely new user interface, with the workstations now running familiar Windows screens. The system is now in the hands of our maintenance team which is providing ongoing support to Network Rail in York”.