Thales to digitalise SMRT Trains’ operation

Digital technology The transport operator in Singapore, SMRT Trains and Thales Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for future collaboration in digital technology sector which includes data analytics to enhance rail maintenance and operations on the country’s oldest MRT lines – the North-South and East-West lines, including the Tuas West extension.

Under the agreement, both parties will share engineering knowledge and rail expertise in various areas and leverage digital technologies including Artificial Intelligence to unleash the full potential of the diagnostic data readily available within the existing signalling and rail systems.

By efficiently mining such data, including train control, supervision and radio communication diagnostic data, SMRT can benefit from greater efficiencies in the maintenance of the trains and systems. The digital technology agreement will reduce the time needed to analyse and identify the root cause of potential faults will enable automatic fault diagnosis for accurate and timely data-driven maintenance and will enhance the reliability with faults pre-empted.

To ensure that the collaboration remains focused on real challenges and pain points of the end-user, the SMRT engineering teams will bring common problem statements to be addressed from a rail operator’s perspective, which both teams can work on. Thales brings its expertise as a technology partner with its in-depth knowledge in Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) signalling and rail control systems, and best practices in data analytics technologies.

“Through our partnership with Thales, we are excited to work towards developing a data-based approach to improve our train lines’ reliability, as well as to take another step in transforming SMRT Trains into an information-rich and fully digitalised company,” Lam Sheau Kai, the President of SMRT Trains said.

The two companies have market the 10th anniversary of collaboration which saw the  implementation of the renowned SelTracTM CBTC signalling system for the North-South and East-West line, and has forged a close understanding and cooperation between both organisations where they worked as a team to provide reliable journeys to Singapore’s rail commuters. This renewed collaboration underscores the strong partnership between Thales and SMRT Trains and reaffirms Thales’ position as a world-leading rail solutions provider.

Singapore MRT system carries more than 3 million passengers per day and the implementation of new technology will improve the infrastructure reliability providing increased travel quality.


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