Irish Rail awarded Indra a EUR 32 million contract to develop a fully integrated rail traffic management system that will manage 2,400 km of rail network. Under the contract, a new train control centre will be developed in Dublin.
Indra will be responsible for the design, installation and commissioning of the management system and control equipment, as well as its maintenance for 15 years, with the possibility of extending it to 20 years. It also includes training facilities, such as a signalling simulator, as well as providing a backup control centre in a secondary location.
The integrated rail traffic management system will manage a 2,400 km network that transported 50.3 million passengers in 2019.
Indra will equip the new rail control centre with an integrated and highly automated control system, based on its Mova Traffic line of solutions. Among other advantages, this technology will enable management tasks to be centralized, providing more efficiency and safety while improving passenger service and information, incident resolution procedures and maintenance.
The new centre will replace the existing one, also located in the Irish capital, which has different disaggregated control systems. The centre will have the capacity to control the majority of signalling systems on the network and those that may be installed in future projects.
Besides the solution, which will integrate regulation systems, Indra will develop an automatic router, communications, network management, a control panel and remote monitoring. Train circulation will be optimised, reducing potential conflicts and errors by providing operators with a single holistic interface and making information easily accessible to all stakeholders. Access to the railway for maintenance work and incident control will improve, enabling fast and efficient resolutions.
Mova Traffic’s rail traffic management solution is prepared to incorporate digital big data, artificial intelligence and the IoT. These technologies make it possible to adapt transport to actual demand, improve the passenger experience, facilitate maintenance, and more intelligent, safe, sustainable, efficient, collaborative and open mobility.