Urbalis control system Alstom 2010
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Saving time in cities, in complete safety
Increasing demands are being made of urban rail transport. Reconciling peak usage with passenger safety and comfort is a delicate exercise. To increase line capacity, it is essential to shorten intervals between trains and reduce journey and station stopping times .
The Alstom solution
Urbalis is one of the most advanced solutions addressing the problems of rail network congestion. This system for piloting trains and operating urban and suburban lines integrates a radio-based Automatic Train Control system (also called CBTC – Communication-based Train Control).
Urbalis improves passenger transport and network performance
- Through continuous radio communication between trains, track, interlocking systems and the control centre, Urbalis optimises traffic by reducing intervals between each train (as little as 90 seconds instead of the usual 2 to 3 minutes), thereby increasing the line’s capacity,
- Short intervals, precise stopping and regularity of traffic can be achieved by means of Automatic Train Operation (ATO) supervised by a train attendant or in a driverless Unattended Train Operation (UTO),
- Informed of the state of the network and trains in real time by the Urbalis system, maintenance teams can intervene faster and with greater efficiency,
- The open architecture of Urbalis also makes it possible to integrate the transmission of information from trains to the control centre (video surveillance for passenger protection) and vice versa (passenger information system).
Urbalis,rapid and easy installation
- Entry into service time is easy, both for new lines and in the case of the renovation of the train control and signalling system of an existing line.
- The renovation can be led without disturbing operations and in a short schedule, from 24 to 36 months compared with 48 to 60 months for competing solutions,
- Urbalis is compatible with all types of rolling stock (metros, tramways, suburban trains), with or without a driver, built by Alstom or by other suppliers.