Teltronic, part of the Sepura Group, has been chosen to provide a TETRA two-way radio communications solution for Qatar’s first tram system, which is being built as part of the country’s Education City project.
Located on the outskirts of the capital, Doha, Education City is an initiative by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development and aims to become the main education hub in the region.
The multi-line tram network is an important element of the car-free ‘smart city’ and is designed to host environmentally friendly vehicles that require no overhead contact lines. It covers 11.5km and hosts 24 passenger stations.
Siemens, the German-based company responsible for the project, has selected Teltronic to design and supply a tailor-made TETRA communications system for integration with a number of on-board subsystems.
The solution features hand-portable radios and on-board terminals, supporting train-to-ground communications, as well as communication with the control centre and all on-board sub-systems.
The system also enables the operator to deliver live announcements to passengers using the on-board public address system. All voice communication that takes place during radio operation is recorded, offering the ability to replay and analyse conversations between the vehicle and at the control centre.
The project required additional input to adapt the on-board equipment to the available space and existing installations within the cars.
“With this project, we reaffirm our world-leading position in professional transport communications solutions,” said Felipe Sanjuan Pasamar, business development director at Teltronic.
“We also strengthen our long-standing relationship with Siemens, with whom we have worked in close collaboration on projects such as Algiers Metro, Algeria; Moatize-Nacala rail corridor, Mozambique; and Monterrey Metro, Mexico.”