Singapore’s mass transit operator, SMRT Trains and PCCW Solutions have fully rolled-out the track access management system (TAMS) on the North-South and East-West lines (NSEWL), Singapore’s oldest MRT line.
TAMS is a digital solution developed by SMRT Trains and PCCW Solutions to digitalise and automate track access allocation for the regular maintenance and planning of engineering works. Replacing time-consuming and labor-intensive manual processes, TAMS is a holistic system with real-time updates of track allocation status and access progress, providing end-to-end visibility of workflows.
In addition to optimising the productivity, the system has built-in safety rules to conduct conflict checks on each scheduled track access request against safety requirements, ensuring safety standards are upheld for all stakeholders.
The implementation of TAMS has saved the operator 30,000 manhours per year and contributed to increased rail reliability through optimised maintenance efforts. In 2020, the North-South Line (NSL) achieved more than 1.3 million mean kilometres between failure (MKBF) and the East-West Line (EWL) achieved more than 1.4 million MKBF.
“The implementation of TAMS on the North-South, East-West lines has given us optimised use of limited engineering hours for higher productivity and enhanced safety in our maintenance regimen,” Lam Sheau Kai, President, SMRT Trains, said.
Following the success of the track access management system for NSEWL, SMRT Trains has embarked the implementation of track access management system on the Circle Line (CCL), Bukit Panjang Light Rail Transit (BPLRT) network, and six depots, to reap further productivity gains.
Strides Engineering, a business arm of SMRT Corporation which provides a range of station-based rail-related services, and PCCW Solutions signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly develop a go-to-market strategy to promote TAMS in the Southeast Asia region. The collaboration will leverage PCCW Solutions’ strengths as a digital enabler, as well as SMRT’s domain expertise in using digital technology for rail operations and maintenance, bringing the benefits and best practices of TAMS to regional urban train operators.