Toronto's trains powered by Jade

Software allows train controllers to schedule, monitor and crew Toronto's passenger trains

An IT system developed by Jade Software for passenger trains in Toronto, Canada, has gone live.

Jade had been commissioned by multinational train manufacturer and rail logistics services giant Bombadier Transportation to develop, deploy and support the software to allow train controllers to schedule, monitor and crew Toronto’s passenger trains.

There are seven rail lines in and out of Toronto. The trains move 170,000 passengers a day.

Jade managing director Rod Carr says the system builds on applications developed by Jade for UK train operator English, Welsh and Scottish Railway (EWS). He says Bombadier became aware of Jade via the web.

“They engaged with our US vice president, based in Atlanta, to commission software to be built in Christchurch and deployed in Toronto.”

The intellectual property is owned by EWS. Bombadier Transportation, the prime contractor, is headquartered in Berlin. The end-user is Go Transit, the Toronto passenger transport operator.

Carr says Jade was able to gather requirements, design the system, develop, test and deploy the solution in just over six months.

“The contract was delivered on time and within budget. In one way or another, it involved more than 40 of our 350 staff. All up, it was around 1,400 days effort.”

He says the same software is being evaluated for use in two other countries, one of which is an opportunity in Australia being primed by French multinational Thales.

“While all these prospects have a common core set of requirements, each has some unique requirements. What they want is a cost-effective solution that works. They are beyond brand buying and into solutions.”

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