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Sender: "Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)" <[log in to unmask]>
X-To: Hal Hart <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thu, 4 Nov 1999 22:17:03 -0500
Reply-To: Michael Feldman <[log in to unmask]>
From: Michael Feldman <[log in to unmask]>
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In-Reply-To: <[log in to unmask]> from "Hal Hart" at Nov 04, 1999 04:42:14 PM
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Hal wrote,

> Michael Feldman wrote:
> > ...
> > I got a tip this afternoon from a friend close to the project
> > that the Canarsie Line contract was awarded and that the French
> > contractor won it, meaning the Paris software is coming to NY.
> Yes, that computes.  I now remember further that the guy I talked to at
> the SEI said his company had also done the French line.

Right. Maybe he was reluctant because the contract hadn't yet
been awarded. From what I've read, the competition in the
transport industry for systems like this is quite cutthroat.
We don;t see too much of it over here because our hi-tech rail
industry is way behind, but in Europe it's really rough.
> I have in front of me (taken from the SIGAda booth at OOPSLA'99
> yesterday) the very brief, half-page Ada Success Story titled "Ada Used
> in the Paris METRO System."  It seems to name GEC-Alsthom as the trains
> contractor and Matra Transport "for the automatic systems."  I assume
> we're trying to track down the latter.  It says "For further info,"
> contact Alsys World Dialogue in San Diego.  This was a reprint from
> "Alsys World Dialog," Spring 1994, Vol.8, No. 1.  Presumably this is now
> Aonix, and that they are now using ObjectAda is as good a guess as any.
> BEN?   Anyone else from Aonix?   -hh

Matra computes. I'll try to find out what I can and report back
next week.

Anyway, now we know why the NYCTA was trying to recruit Ada people
last year.:-)

Mike Feldman