Mitsubishi to Supply Radio Equipment for Tokyo Metro
Thursday, February 22, 2018 | Comments

Mitsubishi Electric announced it filled an order by Tokyo Metro for radio equipment to be used in what is believed to be Japan’s first communications-based train control system (CBTC) for subways. The delivery includes wayside radio equipment for a branch of Tokyo Metro’s Marunouchi Line between Nakano-sakaue and Honancho stations and onboard radio equipment for a train that will be operated on the line for verification purposes.

Tokyo Metro will evaluate and verify the equipment through trial operations, aiming for full commercial deployment on the entire Marunouchi Line by the end of fiscal year 2023.

CBTC systems are being used to upgrade the detection of train locations and management of train intervals (headways), which are conventionally performed with wayside equipment. In particular, CBTC systems can enhance high-density train operations and reduce wayside equipment maintenance costs.

Mitsubishi will now assist Tokyo Metro in verification tests of the recently delivered wayside and onboard radio equipment, aiming at the launch of a commercial CBTC system by the end of fiscal year 2023. Going forward, Mitsubishi Electric expects to expand its business in transportation systems by supplying various railway signaling systems to railways around the world.

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