Alcatel has been selected by the Shanghai government to deploy its radio-based signaling system for the city’s new N6 metro line. Alcatel says the deployment will allow the metro to operate trains with greater frequency and provide passengers with safer and more efficient services.
Shanghai Shentong Group awarded the contract, valued at E30 million, to the consortium led by Alcatel Shanghai Bell, Alcatel’s flagship Chinese company. Shanghai metro line N6 Rail is 33 kilometers long.
Under the contract, Alcatel will provide its ‘SelTrac’ radio communications-based train control (CBTC) system to the newest mass transit line in Shanghai.
SelTrac includes a wireless data communication system linking the track network and the trains. This technology removes nearly all track embedded equipment and thus simplifies maintenance operations. In addition, the bandwidth provides capacity to have both train control and extended on-board passenger services, such as video surveillance, operating over the same network backbone.
Prior to this contract, Alcatel was selected to deploy its radio train control system for the Shanghai N8 metro line.