Connecting driverless trains

Alcatel has been awarded a multi-million Euro contract to design and deploy a communication system for the new driverless metro in Brescia, Italy.

Alcatel announced today that it has been awarded a multi-million Euro contract to design and deploy a fully integrated communication system for the new driverless metro in Brescia, Italy. The driverless metro system, which will serve 17 stations, is expected to be complete by 2011.

The project covers all the communication needs of an advanced, fully automated transportation system. Alcatel will have overall responsibility for design, integration, test and commissioning services, as well as for the supervision of the installation of the entire system.

The IP based Alcatel’s solution encompasses a fast Ethernet (Gigabit Ethernet) network, the Alcatel OmniSwitch 7700, tetra radio system, passenger security and information systems, an intelligent on-board communication system as well as the Alcatel OmniPCX Enterprise IP communication server, with IP gateways to connect the 17 stations along the tracks. The Alcatel Metro Operation System (AMOS) will also be provided.

Alcatel says AMOS is a dedicated software platform, which allows operators in the control centre to monitor and operate in real time passenger security and information systems in a centralised and co-ordinated way. It enables interoperability between the various managed sub-systems.

The contract was awarded by Ansaldo Transporti Sistemi Ferroviari (ATSF), a subsidiary of Finmeccanica. ATSF is prime contractor for the electromechanical infrastructure and the rolling stock parts of the transportation system ordered by the Municipality of Brescia.