Saturday, December 29, 2007

Metro Rail to finalise new signalling, communication system

Metro Rail to finalise new signalling, communication system
Saturday December 29 2007 09:08 IST

Sangeetha B K

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BANGALORE: The Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) will shortly finalise international consultants for the installation of signaling and telecommunication system in the metro.

The signalling and telecommunication system will consist of onboard train control, monitoring, diagnosis, communication, and onboard-to-ground communication for remote maintenance and dynamic updating of the operational parameters and passenger information system, audio and video announcements.

Says V Madhu, BMRCL Managing Director: “The signalling and the communication system in the Metro Rail is a significant aspect of the rail system.

Telecommunication is a vital aspect where communication with passengers, the train driver, the operations trained staff and for advertisements and display will function.”

“We are looking at the state-of-the- art signalling and telecommunication system for Bangalore Metro, either on the lines of the Delhi Metro Rail or the most advanced system that will be available.

The consultants should be able to design, manufacture, supply, installation, test and commissioning of signalling, train control and communication systems,” points out V Madhu.

The seven consultants who have been shortlisted are Siemens Ltd, Larsen and Toubro, Alstom Projects India Ltd, Bombadier Transportation, Mitsubishi Corporation, Westing House Rail System and Union Switch and Signal Pvt Ltd.

These consultants have worked on some of the world's best metro trains like the Madrid train, the Taiwan Metro rail, the light train in Philadelphia, South Korean Metro Rail, to name a few.

“The shortlisted consultants will be adjudged by the 'SysPra,' a French consultant, who are working with BMRCL for the best signalling and telecommunication system. As soon as the criteria for the systems are satisfied then, in about two weeks the consultants will be finalised” added V Madhu.


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