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Making driverless trains in Malaysia safer: Alcatel-Lucent

AvantiKumar | March 15, 2013
Acatel-Lucent, CMC Engineering will provide advanced communications to support safety of the LRT Kelana Jaya extension project.

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Photo - Rajeev Singh-Molares, President, Alcatel-Lucent Asia Pacific.


French communications giant Alcatel-Lucent and Malaysian procurement and construction firm CMC Engineering will provide advanced communications to support the safety and efficiency of driverless trains for a new light rail (LRT) extension of the Kelana Jaya line in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Alcatel-Lucent Asia Pacific president Rajeev Singh-Molares said the company would provide the transmission system behind an integrated communications on the new LRT extension.

The communications backbone, built on IP (Internet protocol) switching and fibre optic technologies, will allow real-time communications between trains and central control, said Singh-Molares. The intelligent communication system will allow high-speed voice, data and video traffic and also support safety, maintenance, monitoring and passenger information services.

"Alcatel-Lucent is committed to making rail transport safer and more accessible," he said. "We have broad experience in providing integrated communication solutions for the rail industry around the world. We are a strong supporter of sustainable transportation projects such as the Kelana Jaya extension line, which will provide a green transport option for many people and open up new opportunities in the area."

Sing-Molares said the transmission system, based on Alcatel-Lucent's Synchronous Data Hierarchy (SDH) and IP technologies, will include the Alcatel-Lucent 1660 SM Optical Multi-Service Node, the Alcatel-Lucent OmniSwitch 9000E and OmniSwitch 6450 Ethernet LAN switches. Alcatel-Lucent will also provide its integration services for delivery of the system.

CMC Engineering's chairman Dato' Abdul Rahman Yusof said the integration of IT applications and operational sub-systems would increase safety and security through remote diagnostics and automated functions, constant awareness situation, with video surveillance.

Other functions include Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), monitoring systems, telephone & radio communications services, automated fare collection (AFC), and public address and passenger information systems, added Abdul Rahman.

"CMC Engineering is committed to providing our customers with high-quality, integrated technological systems using a mix of the very latest and best technologies," he said. "As such we are pleased to leverage Alcatel-Lucent's technologies expertise on this project to deliver a robust and reliable communications system that will enable a host of services."

The Kelana Jaya LRT line serves 350,000 people between Kelana Jaya and Gombak within Kuala Lumpur. The 17km extension is expected to be competed in 2014 and will include 13 new stations.


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