In February 2016, Eurailscout Inspection & Analysis BV (The Netherlands) and Eurailscout France SAS (France) purchased one BaliseLifeCheck system featuring KER and Eurobalises diagnosis for their UFM160 (press release).
We are very glad to announce that The BaliseLifeCheck is now set up, and that a successful test has been done in France, in the area of Metz, where tracks are both equipped with Eurobalise and KER balises.
The UFM160 is equipped with the localization system “LocNG”, used by the SNCF Network in France. Switches and crocodile balises are detected to deliver real time positioning with all related information (mileage, line number, id-name) of these assets. The UFM160 can assign their precise location information to the French LocNG system. This way, all the measurements performed by the UFM160 can be geolocalized at the right position and include all the required information in the measurement report file.
ERTMS Solutions BaliseLifeCheck has been plugged to the LocNG to guarantee data correlation and respect required report formats. The integration tests have been successfully carried out in the area of Paris.
Jean-Michel Froment, Eurailscout France Deputy Director : “this system is very important for us to comply with our obligations towards SNCF Network and other infrastructure asset managers like OPERE (New high speed line Bretagne Pays de Loire). With the BLC interfacing LocNG, we can deliver for the first time in France, a complete and global maintenance information for Eurobalises and KER balises (KVB). This information can be used in network asset infrastructure databases for a long time. In the future, we hope to deliver predictive information after signals analyses to guarantee more safety in signaling maintenance”.
ERTMS Solutions’ “LifeCheck” product line is a preventive maintenance set of tools, which equips any type of trains, fitted or not with ETCS. It automates the track asset maintenance, enables to generate alarms, produces extremely detailed signal quality information and reports when it passes over a balise (eg. Eurobalises and KER) or any type of AC track circuit (eg. TVM430, TVM300), contact type (Crocodile) and magnetic signaling systems (AWS).