Siemens and Thales to equip first Santo Domingo metro
Neuilly-sur-Seine Cedex, France – Siemens and Thales consortium are to supply the electromechanical equipment for the first metro line in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. The state transportation authorities placed an order with the consortium that is worth 99 million euros. The portion of consortium leader Siemens is 72 million, the Thales portion is 27 million.
The contract has been signed with the Dominican Republic’s Oficina para la Reorganización del Transporte (OPRET). The new line with its 16 stations will be about 14 kilometers long and link the north and the south parts of the city. It is the first stage in a major upgrade of the island’s transportation systems designed to meet the growing needs of the capital’s three million residents for mass transit infrastructure. Work on the metro began 10 months ago. The line is due to open in 2008.
Siemens and Thales are to supply the fixed trackside equipment for the new line. The Siemens scope of supply involves the project management, signaling and safety systems, automatic train protection, the operations control system and the power supply. The latter includes traction substations and the 1500 V DC overhead contact line.
Thales will supply the supervision systems comprising station control and the operations control center, telecommunications and SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), access control and contactless fare collection. Based on SCADA technology, the Thales SCADASoft is a modular solution meeting all the function requirements of a supervision system. It ensures the smooth management of day-to-day activities and allows efficient management and resolution of emergency situations.
“As market leader in the field of turnkey solutions for mobility systems, Siemens is proud to have been awarded this contract for the capital of the Dominican Republic. Our experience and expertise with systems integration and project management have been demonstrated by numerous tailor-made turnkey projects the world over, including Latin America. This expertise will make sure that Santo Domingo will receive a state-of-the-art metro system,” said Mr. Stefan Hofsäss, President of the Turnkey Systems Division at Transportation Systems.
“The new contract is a further illustration of the strong international demand for the advanced technologies that offer public transit users a simple, modern service. It confirms Thales’s know how in the field of cutting-edge transportation solutions, combining here our ticketing and our low voltage solutions. Our low voltage solution clearly demonstrates the benefits for the operator of a tight integration between supervision, communications and security in a single control system,” said Jean-Louis Olié, Managing Director of Thales Transportation Systems.
The Transportation Systems Group (TS) of Siemens AG is one of the leading international suppliers to the railways industry. As single-source supplier and system integrator, the Group combines in its business segments Automation & Power, Rolling Stock, Turnkey Systems and Integrated Services all the expertise necessary to cover the spectrum from signaling and control systems to traction power supplies, as well as rolling stock for mass transit, regional and main line services. Extensive experience in project management and forward-looking service concepts complement our portfolio. In fiscal 2005 (ended September 30), TS generated sales of around €4.2 billion with around 18,400 employees worldwide. Further information on TS can be found at www.siemens.com/transportation
Thales is a leading international electronics and systems group serving defense, aerospace and security markets worldwide, supported by a comprehensive services offering. The company’s civil and military businesses develop in parallel to serve a single objective: the security of people, property and nations. Leveraging a global network of more than 20,000 high-level researchers, Thales offers a capability unmatched in Europe to develop and deploy critical information systems. Thales employs 60,000 people on five continents and generated revenues of €10.3 billion in 2005, with a record order book of over €20 billion. Thales’s Transport & Energy business line www.thalesgroup.com/transport integrates secure systems for customers in the public transport and energy sectors. Its solutions span integrated ticketing and fare collection systems, train supervision and control, motorway toll collection, traffic and vehicle fleet management, public car park systems, telematics and supervision solutions for electricity, oil and gas distribution.