Adelaide based simulation system company Sydac is preparing to deliver its first rail simulator to India, as part of a $30 million contract with the government owned Indian Railways. Minister for Investment and Trade Martin Hamilton-Smith, who met with key stakeholders last week during South Australia’s largest ever trade delegation to India, said the simulator will be handed over in the city of Jodhpur next month.
Sydac Managing Director Dermot Dixon said this contract will boost India’s rail safety and is the largest of its kind in the world. “Our focus is on providing thousands of India’s drivers with simulated training using twelve full-cab rail simulators and 60 desk simulators in twelve cities, including the main centres of Mumbai and Kolkata. Sydac will also build training centres across India over the next three years,” Mr Dixon said.
“On the back of our success in the rail sector, Sydac is now focusing on opportunities in India’s commercial vehicle sector, including providing simulators to help train bus and truck drivers. Very promising meetings were arranged through the State Government that should position Sydac well to compete in a huge market to increase the safety on Indian roads. We hope our commercial vehicle product will be successful in local and international markets to further secure jobs development in Adelaide.”
Stark Area Regional Transport Authority Executive Director Steve Shearer said the simulator provides an accurate experience for drivers and has potential to improve safety in Australia.