Bombardier Transportation opened a new high-tech laboratory in Mannheim today with the Baden-Württemberg Transport Minister, Winfried Hermann and the Thuringian Environment Minister, Anja Siegesmund in attendance. The guests also included the Mayor of Mannheim, Lothar Quast. Bombardier Transportation has invested around 1 million euro in the new laboratory. The groups involved in the construction were, for the most part, businesses from Mannheim and the surrounding area.
The new high-tech hub will develop and test pioneering electronics systems for train control (TCMS) and signalling and control systems. That means Mannheim will see the brains of trains being programmed and work being done on the digital network for communication between the train and track section for greater safety in rail transport. Both are key elements in the digitisation strategy of the federal government and the rail industry. Around 40 employees have their ultra-modern workplace in the IT laboratory, which boasts around 1,140 square metres of floorspace.