Thales, a global technology leader for aerospace and transport sector, has secured a major contract to provide corrective maintenance, on-demand system enhancements, repairs and spares for signalling and communication systems of the Dubai Metro.
The contract was awarded by the French-Japanese consortium led by Keolis that includes Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Mitsubishi Corporation (MC).
As a world-renowned leader in automated trains, communication and ticketing systems, Thales has been selected by the consortium to optimise the maintenance and performance of the signalling and communication systems of the Dubai Metro.
The scope of work also includes maintenance of some signalling and communications equipment of the metro system and corrective and predictive maintenance, on-demand system enhancements, repairs and spares for the red and green metro lines and the Route 2020 extension.
In March, Dubai's Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) had signed up Keolis-MHI to operate the metro and tram networks for next 15 years.
Thibaut Paillat, Mobilization and Transformation Director of Keolis-MHI: "We are committed to enhancing the passenger experience and delivering on RTA’s vision of world-class, smart and sustainable mobility for the people of Dubai."
"We are pleased to partner with Thales, whose proven experience and expertise in working with RTA on the Dubai metro network makes them the right trusted partner," he stated.
Thales has a longstanding relationship with the RTA, working with the authority on the Dubai Metro to improve urban mobility and provide the latest enhancements to solutions that are already in service.
The French group had equipped the driverless trains on the red line, green line and Route 2020 extension with a range of solutions, including SelTrac signaling technology, integrated supervision, telecommunications, passenger services, security and automated fare collection systems powered by Thales’s Transcity Up solution and PG600 gates.
Thales’ management system optimises energy consumption and improves the overall connectivity, efficiency and performance of the metro to ensure a smooth passenger journey, said its top official.
"Thales has been a long-standing partner in the UAE’s mission for urban mobility, supporting this vision through industry, innovation and education," remarked Bernard Roux, the CEO Thales in UAE.
"We are committed to building a future that we can all trust, and we are working closely with Keolis-MHI and the RTA to ensure the highest standards of operations and maintenance on the Dubai Metro," he added.-TradeArabia News Service