In September 2019, Scalian Belgium began a support mission for Alstom Digital Mobility (ADM) in Charleroi. Antonio d’Auria, who is responsible for this activity in Belgium, talked to us about this work and the offshoring partnership.
ADM is responsible for developing the main systems and products used for the Group’s rail signalling projects. Scalian is part of the STM-ATB programme, the signalling system used by the Dutch rail network, where the company is involved in verifying and approving the new generation of products.
This verification entails the processing of over 20,000 lines of code. Owing to the volumes involved, we work with a number of offshore sub-contractors in India and, soon, with others in Italy. A number of embedded systems engineers and specialists in verification and assessment are present on Scalian premises. They are working in collaboration with a team of seven people employed by an Indian sub-contractor. A second team of 20 people began work in early October.
The first phase of this work was completed at the end of October but it could still generate new needs for Alstom. In any case, it provides Scalian with pertinent differentiating feedback on its ability to sign offshoring partnerships. It also provides a basis on which to consider establishing services in Italy and India, based on our own offshoring models and systems.