MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Global rail transport company Alstom recently opened a new research and development center in Melbourne, employing over 260 personnel across Florida.
The new 55,000 square foot Melbourne facility will serve as a test laboratory for the latest in railroad technologies.
“Alstom is committed to the city of Melbourne, Brevard County, and the state of Florida, and we are proud to celebrate our new offices,” said David McKay, Vice President, Freight & Mining for Alstom.
“This site allows us to consolidate all of our laboratories into a single area to capitalize on the expertise of our engineers and software developers to the benefit of our customers, as well as provide us with the opportunity to expand our team to match the size of the North American rail signaling market.”
The facility features office areas on three floors and a newly renovated laboratory occupies the first floor.
The laboratory supports engineering teams in Melbourne and Jacksonville, FL, as well as Grain Valley, MO, allowing Alstom to develop and perform hardware and software integration, safety, validation, temperature, and humidity tests prior to implementation in the field for commercial application.
Alstom is committed to recruiting from and developing talent in the local area, and works with Florida universities, including the Florida Institute of Technology, University of Central Florida, University of North Florida, and University of Florida, to hire new graduates and offer internships to engineering students.
In addition to its Melbourne location, Alstom also has offices in Jacksonville, Florida.
Recent project successes for Alstom in Florida include the design, procurement, testing, commissioning, and safety certification of a new signaling system for All Aboard Florida’s brand new Brightline express train passenger service.
Recently, Alstom released their StationOne program, an autonomous online marketplace dedicated to the railway sector.
The marketplace is now live with a large and growing panel of registered manufacturers of parts and components from the international market.
“We are very pleased to have received such strong interest in StationOne from actors throughout the mobility business in the short time since it was announced last year,” said Didier Bohin, President of StationOne.
“We are proud of being pioneers with this platform, which will facilitate operators’ procurement process and allow different vendors to access worldwide customers through a single online platform.”