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Thales' systems for Dubai's Route 2020 tested in Italy

RTA officials visited Thales' factory for tests related to the project's telecommunication and onboard control systems

Route 2020 is an extension of Dubai Metro's Red Line.
Route 2020 is an extension of Dubai Metro's Red Line.
Thales hosted officials from the Rail Agency of Dubai's RTA for the tests in Italy [image: WAM].
Thales hosted officials from the Rail Agency of Dubai's RTA for the tests in Italy [image: WAM].

The broadband radio wireless telecommunication and onboard control systems of Dubai’s Route 2020 project have been tested in Italy.

Railway system provider, Thales, hosted officials from the Rail Agency of emirate’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), for the tests.

Abdul Rida Abu Al Hasan, executive director of rail planning and projects at RTA’s Rail Agency, said the authority was conducting “field visits to factories in different countries” in a bid to ensure technical compliance.

He continued: “Tests covered the technical specifications of telecommunication equipment and verifying their compliance with the international standards.

READ: Dubai completes $2.45bn financing for Route 2020 metro extension

“Operational tests were also carried out to ensure the integration of telecommunication systems with other systems, such as the automated rail control system and the main rail control unit.”

Meanwhile, the onboard control system will used to control transmission and the display of critical security and central information to and from the central control unit. Its remit will include surveillance cameras and emergency communication systems, in addition to information required by Dubai Metro riders, such as details of the route, upcoming stop, and safety guidance.

The onboard system displays the rail route on pre-programmed screens, eliminating the need for paper stickers. It can also control voice announcement levels by “measuring and analysing the noise level onboard, and automatically adjusting the volume accordingly”, WAM reported.


The RTA awarded a contract to the Alstom-led consortium, Expolink, which also includes Spain’s Acciona and Turkey’s Gulermak, to design and build an extension for the Red Line and upgrade the system of the existing line in June 2016.

Alstom selected Thales to provide the driverless train signalling technology and other vital systems, it was announced in March 2017. 

At the time, it was revealed that Thales would provide the driverless train signalling technology, as well as integrated supervision, communications, passenger services, security, and fare collection systems.

Route 2020 is a 15km extension will include seven stations, and is currently under construction to connect the existing network with the Expo 2020 Dubai site.



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