Six million kilometers for the first wireless tramway in
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The Communauté Urbaine de Bordeaux (CUB), which
transports around 200,000 passengers on its three tram lines
every day, was the first metropolitan area in the world to opt
for this technology on 14 of the network’s 44 kilometres.
The APS availability rate on the three lines is over 99%.
Angers, Reims and Orléans subsequently chose APS
technology in 2006, followed by Dubai in 2008.
APS is a totally innovative solution and is exclusive to
Alstom. It is a power supply system without overhead lines that
enables the tram to travel “wirelessly” over any
distance, ensuring it blends seamlessly into the urban
environment. The tram is supplied with power via a rail
embedded in the track. The energy transmitted is then captured
by two collector slippers located at the centre of the tramset.
To ensure total safety for pedestrians, the charging of the
conductor segments is only triggered when they are covered by
the tram. In addition to giving an identical performance to
that of a conventional tram, for example in terms of speed, the
APS system also preserves the urban environment and the
heritage of historic city centres. It is a relevant solution to
cross zones that might not otherwise have been accessible. It
is also compatible with a variety of ground coverings and is
easy to extend for the development of a line or network.
About Alstom Transport
With sustainable transport in mind, Alstom Transport develops
and offers the most complete range of systems, equipment and
services on the rail market. Alstom Transport can manage an
entire transport system, from rolling stock to signalling and
infrastructure, and offers turnkey solutions. In 2007-2008,
Alstom Transport's turnover was €5.5 billion and its
orders increased by 39% over the previous financial year.
Alstom Transport is present in over 60 countries and has 26,000
employees. The company recruited 4,000 people worldwide in
2007, including 1,500 engineers and managers.
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