Thales modernises communications on Cairo Metro Line 3

Thales to provide complete integrated communications and supervision system for the extension Al Thawra on the line 3 (Phase 3), as well as winning two contracts to upgrade of the fare collection system for Lines 1 and 2

Thales modernises communications on Cairo Metro Line 3

Thales has signed a contract in consortium with Alstom for the implementation of full integrated communications and supervision systems covering 15 new stations and an additional depot on the Line 3 (Phase 3) of the Cairo Metro.

The line runs 17 km from Attaba to Rod El Farag and Cairo University. This extension is one of the Egyptian authorities’ strategic investments in Cairo to increase the level of public transport services and will result in 76 months of activity.

Thales is acting as system integrator and has responsibility for more than 10 subsystems including: SCADA, radio, CCTV, multiservice network, telephony, fire detection, public announcement, passenger information, etc.

The new implementation will be installed at the Line 3 operational control centre, for real time management and control of the whole telecommunications, ticketing and electro-mechanical systems of the metro line.

TransCity ticketing solution
This is Thales’s second deployment of the TransCity solution this year, following the contract awarded in South Africa in September. In Egypt, Thales will deploy its TransCity fare collection solution on Lines 1 and 2 of the Cairo Metro, replacing the equipment installed in the 1980s, when these first two lines were built.

Under the contract, Thales will supply 850 access gates, 100 vending terminals for ticket outlets and 75 portable ticket control terminals, as well as implementing new system architecture. In addition, the TransCity central system will supervise all data generated across the existing network and accommodate future network evolutions and extensions.

The 18-month project will be conducted on one of the densest public transport networks in the world with no disruption to passenger flows.

Once completed, a combination of magnetic stripe and contactless fare media technology will make it easier for passengers to access the metro system. The new fare collection equipment installed at stations on Lines 1 and 2 will improve reliability while reducing maintenance costs.

The TransCity solution, which uses Web 2.0 technologies secured by Thales, will also offer the best guarantees for the management of Cairo’s fare collection system as it evolves.

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