Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) awarded Siemens Mobility a EUR 231 million contract to install electronic interlocking systems as part of the “Taiwan Railway Smart Electrical Systems Upgrade and Signalling Interlocking System Update Project.
The project primarily consists of replacing existing relay interlockings with new electronic interlocking (EI) systems at 68 stations that will cover 450 km of the island’s approximately 1,110 km total railway network.
“Siemens Mobility is delighted to have been selected to upgrade a significant portion of the rail network in Taiwan. Our state-of-the-art signalling and interlocking technology will augment operations throughout the network by increasing service reliability and availability, which will enhance the passenger experience,” Andre Rodenbeck, CEO of Rail Infrastructure at Siemens Mobility said.
As part of the contract, Siemens Mobility will provide 10 years of maintenance and Taiwan Railways Administration also reserves the right to procure electronic interlocking systems for 10 additional stations. The modernisation of the signalling system will allow the TRA to better optimise the operation and maintenance of the rail network.
Siemens Mobility will provide its EI system Trackguard Westrace Mk II, a highly flexible, microprocessor-based interlocking system suitable for both urban and mainline rail.
For maintenance, Siemens Mobility will use the OMNES predictive maintenance solution, an innovative digital services platform for railway signaling. The solution unifies all maintenance tools on a single platform in a secure and customizable way by using the most advanced methods of digitalisation. By minimising and anticipating the impact of incidents, OMNES improves the overall efficiency of operations, with the aim of ensuring 100% service availability.
The company will use the Building Information Modeling (BIM) methodology for the project which will enhance the sign process by enabling the digital recording of an entire rail network and uses digital models of a setting to record and manage relevant information and data.
In addition, Siemens Mobility will install a prototype station with an interlocking based on the Distributed Smart Safe System (DS3), an innovative and digitalised safety platform, which enables the usage of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) server hardware and offers advantages like a geographical redundancy and limitless scalability.
In December 2019, Siemens Mobility has won a signalling and communication contract for Taipei metro.