’Thales and Dubai’s, Automatic Train Control system uses smart and efficient algorithms
In service since 2009, the Dubai Metro is the longest driverless metro in the world, offering optimal lifecycle costs due to low maintenance overheads and operating costs. It is equipped with an entire package of Thales solutions including SelTrac CBTC signalling solution.
Thales ATC system (Automatic Train Control) has smart algorithms on how an automatic driverless train is driven following optimized running curves to achieve energy savings results with minimum negligible impact on the travel time.
It is using coasting techniques in predefined locations between the stations, which are carefully selected and optimized. The topography of the lines and the train speed at various locations of the metro lines are fully integrated in the software getting maximum use of train coasting mode.
In July 2022, Thales demonstrated in partnership with RTA, significqnt energy savings on Dubai Metro lines. The function is flexible and configurable. The Operator can decide to enable it or disable it.
The percentage of Energy saving achieved in real Dubai Metro operation conditions has reached 15%, press communique stated.
“The operation of the metro requires meticulous plans and processes in line with the top global standards of the industry to ensure the highest rates of quality, health, safety and environment (QHSE) and enhance the sustainability of operations,” noted Abdul Mohsin Kalbat, CEO, RTA’s Rail Agency.
“At Thales UAE, we are working hard to contribute to Thales Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy through three pillars: making the world safer, greener and more inclusive,” commented Bernard Roux, CEO, Thales, UAE.