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The Mobility Newsletter provides background information about new developments, products, solutions and the people heading up the Siemens Mobility Division.
Deutsche Bahn begins passenger operations in Berlin's North-South tunnel. Siemens upgraded the line with the ZBS electronic automatic train control system (Berlin S-Bahn train protection system). The old mechanical train stops have been replaced by eurobalises, which transmit signal data to drivers in the tunnel and can also monitor train speed, a capability previously lacking.
In April, Siemens' Vectron electric locomotive was sent to Bulgaria to undergo authorization tests. The tests were carried out near Sofia, the capital, as well as on one of the main lines connecting the western and eastern parts of the country. Authorization will enable the Vectron family to further extend its coverage by serving an important freight corridor between Europe and Asia.
Extreme heat and high humidity are typical of the climate in the Emirate of Qatar. And the Avenio tram scheduled to enter service in the capital of Doha in 2016 will have to function flawlessly under these conditions. To ensure it's ready for these extremes, the tram undergoes comprehensive tests in temperatures ranging from zero to more than 40 degrees Celsius in the Climatic Wind Tunnel testing facility of Rail Tec Arsenal (RTA) in Vienna, Austria.