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Westermo to supply communications technology for new Berlin U-Bahn trains

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Westermo to supply communications technology for new Berlin U-Bahn trains
New Berlin U-Bahn train at Alexanderplatz station.

Swedish data network specialist Westermo has won a contract from Stadler Deutschland to supply data communications technology for a new fleet of trains for the Berlin U-Bahn metro in Germany.

Westermo Viper Ethernet switch.

The data networks will support mission-critical systems on-board the two- and four-carriage trains, including the train control and management system (TCMS) and others that ensure passenger comfort and safety.

The contract, worth more than €5 million, includes data communication technology for 606 cars, with an option on an additional 894 cars. Westermo will provide up to 8,500 of its compact Viper Ethernet switches to manage data networks on the BVG J/JK-series underground rail carriages.

The new carriages are designed to be very energy efficient, produce less noise and provide greater passenger comfort. Delivery of the Westermo products will commence at the beginning of 2022 and continue over a five-year period.

Jenny Sjödahl, Westermo.

Alexander Höfling, head of procurement for Stadler Deutschland, said: “Stadler and Westermo share a long-term relationship of very successful collaboration.

“We are happy to continue this with the new metro-trains from BVG for Berlin City.”

Jenny Sjödahl, CEO of Westermo, commented: “Westermo has many years’ experience of successfully providing data communication technologies in mission-critical on-board rail applications.

“One of our major strengths is our ability to provide networking solutions suitable for both train management applications and systems for enhancing passenger experience – which was a key requirement for this project.”

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