Singapore coup for Siemens
An ST Engineering and Siemens Mobility consortium has won a $180 million contract to renew and modernise the communications system for the North-South and East-West Lines (NSEWL) and the Bukit Panjang LRT (BPLRT) in Singapore.
Covering 75 locations comprising stations, interchanges, on-line substations, depots and control centres, the renewal program will see a replacement and upgrade of the NSEWL’s and selected BPLRT’s existing communications systems, the first of its scale since the lines commenced operations more than 20 years ago.
ST Engineering Urban Solutions president Chew Men Leong said the NSEWL and BPLRT were the most heavily utilised lines in the country’s rail network.
“Collectively with our partner, we provide deep technical and domain expertise to ensure zero disruption while deploying the new communications systems to the existing systems and train services,” he said.
Siemens Mobility Asia Pacific CEO Michel Obadia said the win was testament to the company’s smart metro capabilities, and further strengthened its global track record in helping rail operators leverage advanced technology to solve their mobility challenges.
Serving as the digital backbone of rail networks, communications systems are integral for smooth rail operations as they manage and connect various components and systems in trains and stations.
When fully operational in 2029, the new communications system on the NSEWL and the BPLRT will further improve safety, reliability and efficiency for the rail operator, contributing to improved commuter travel experience.
ST Engineering is a global technology, defence and engineering group with offices across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the U.S., serving customers in more than 100 countries. The Group uses technology and innovation to solve real-world problems and improve lives through its diverse portfolio of businesses across the aerospace, smart city, defence and public security segments.
Earlier this year, it secured a contract to provide 96 sets of Platform Screen Doors (PSD) for all four new underground stations on Queensland’s Cross River Rail project, the Group’s first foray into the Australian rail market.
As a leader in transport solutions for more than 160 years, Siemens Mobility is constantly innovating its portfolio in its core areas of rolling stock, rail automation and electrification, turnkey systems, intelligent traffic systems as well as related services.