TETRA Network Deployed for Driverless Trains in Sydney Metro
Monday, November 18, 2019 | Comments

Teltronic and MCS Digital, an Australian integrator of mission-critical systems, deployed the TETRA communications network that provides voice and data services to the Sydney North West Line Metro, Sydney’s first metro line. This transport infrastructure uses driverless trains for the first time in Australia.

The system is comprised of TETRA base stations to cover the entire line, mobile and portable terminals, and 66 onboard radios that comply with the strict railway regulations. In addition, Teltronic deployed its control center solution designed for the transportation environment, with seven operator desks from which communications are managed.

Driverless trains make communications especially critical, so the TETRA network is integrated with both a passenger warning system and an emergency alarm system to contact the control center, allowing messages to be sent to the train information panels and prerecorded messages to be transmitted through the public address.

Likewise, the communications network is integrated with Automatic Train Supervision (ATS) and Train Control and Management System (TCMS), systems that allow the correct operation of the vehicles. The system supports voice communications and train-to-ground critical data transmission, sending the alarms produced on the train in real-time so the control center is always aware of events, allowing quicker response and more efficient operations.

“The fact of being able to provide technology for the first driverless passenger train in Australia is a great achievement for Teltronic, especially in a project that has needed such an important integration effort,” said Felipe Sanjuán, Teltronic director of transportation business development. “The deployment has been a success and the rest of the country is already observing the example of what TETRA technology is capable of, and we hope that this reference generates new business opportunities.”

Teltronic is also responsible for the TETRA communications system of the Central Business District and South East Rail, a tram line that extends more than 12 kilometers and has 19 stations.

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