Höft & Wessel AG

EANS-Adhoc: Hoeft & Wessel supplies mobile communications solution to Swiss Federal Railways - Voice and data communications for shunting and construction operations - 2,700 extremely robust mobile systems based on GSM-R

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Hanover / Germany, 19/10/2010. The Swiss Federal Railways (Schweizerische Bundesbahnen - SBB) have commissioned Hoeft & Wessel AG with the development and supply of a new mobile solution for voice and data communications in the field of shunting and construction operations. Within the scope of this contract award, the Almex Division of the technology enterprise headquartered in Hanover, Germany, is to develop and supply a new system known as "LISA - Light and Integrated Shunting Accessory". The project under the auspices of the SBB Infrastructure Division is a key component involved in converting the past analogue radio system to GSM-R, the digital radio system that has been adjusted to meet the requirements of railway services. The communications system has a total value of around CHF 9.9 million (approx. EUR 7.3 million). Development and rollout will take roughly 2.5 years to complete.

The SBB shunting and construction workers will be equipped with a total of 2,700 mobile terminals. The new communications solution also comprises the central and decentralised infrastructure for operating the devices. An extensive software package from Almex tracks and covers the complex business processes in the field of shunting and construction operations and will provide SBB with substantial optimisation potential.

The LISA system provides SBB with a secure communication system at its construction sites and shunting operations based on GSM-R digital radio. Alternatively, the devices can also be operated in the normal GSM mobile telephony network. In addition to communications, a special data terminal provides extended functions to enable the requirements of dedicated tracks or status queries with the aid of centralised systems. By means of separate voice and data communications, it is ensured that the operating unit and the data terminal can operate at the same time without any disturbances. This makes the LISA system the ideal platform for voice and data communications in the field of shunting and constuction work.

The devices meet the special requirements of this extremely challenging field of activity. They are shock-resistant, splash-proof, resistant to chemicals and can even be operated while wearing gloves.

The Almex business division of the Hoeft & Wessel Group is one of the leading providers of ticketing and telematics systems for public transport in Europe. With its newly created solution, Almex now also offers its railway customers a significantly extended portfolio of solutions in the field of logistics.

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The Hoeft & Wessel Group is the leading German IT and engineering technology group for ticketing, parking and mobile solutions. Founded in 1978 by the two entrepreneurs of the same name, the company listed on the stock exchange since 1998 (ISIN DE0006011000) has developed into a corporate group with sales revenues of just under EUR 100 million and a workforce of 500 employees. Its headquarters are Hanover, Germany, and Swindon, UK, to the west of London. In the field of Research and Development, which is of key importance for the Group´s technological orientation, which employs more than one third of the workforce, the annual investment volume is at roughly 10 per cent measured in terms of sales revenues. In line with its internationalisation strategy, the group of companies operating in the business-to-business segment already generates more than 50 per cent of its sales revenues abroad.

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