AusRAIL, Events, Signalling & Communications

Smart connected mobility on show

As a global transportation business, Thales Australia undertakes solutions for signalling for mainline and metro as well as revenue collection systems. However, its biggest presence in Australia lies in integrated communications and supervision.

Speaking at AusRAIL PLUS, Thales Australia general manager of Ground Transportation System, Elias Barakat (pictured), said as an example, the company provided mainly Sydney Metro with the central control system and “all of the comms equipment that you find on the metro stations such as customer information, public address CCTV and so on”.

At the Thales stand, the theme is centred on smart connected mobility.

“We are showcasing our Data-Driven Operation Control Centre, which is our latest offering for the OCC for the metro lines,” Barakat said.

“It provides the operator with one interface where they can actually see all of the systems that our control system interfaces to on the one screen, and be able to monitor and control those various subsystems.”

The Data-Driven Operation Control Centre removes the need to utilise a separate screen on a separate desk to monitor and control the systems and creates a streamlined experience for the user.

The first day of the AusRAIL event has garnered substantial interest in the Data-Driven Operation Control Centre as well as in DIVA, Thales’ video analytics solution. This helps the operator make better informed decisions around passenger behaviour.

“It basically provides video analytics of passengers in trains or stations and can detect people who are wearing masks, if they are needed to wear a mask, and it can provide all of these analytics back to the operator,” Barakat said.

Other innovations on display at the Thales Australia booth is its passenger flow application and smart intermodal mobility.

“Our passenger flow application gives the ability to monitor passenger flow in trains and on stations, so that it gives the operator the ability to make decisions about routing and about timetabling and so on,” Barakat said.

“And finally, our smart intermodal mobility, based on our revenue collection system, which is the equivalent of the Opal system that you have in Sydney.”