Malaysia chooses Thales to provide Kuala Lumpur with an integrated transit control center
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Urban Transport News): Prasarana Malaysia Berhad, one of the largest transport operators in Malaysia, has chosen Thales to integrate its signaling supervision and control systems, which manage the SelTrac CBTC and AlTrac ETCS L1 platforms, as well as the network management and backup, in the new integrated control center in Kuala Lumpur (ICC).
When completed, Prasarana will be able to operate all of its existing lines – KL Monorail, Kelana Jaya, Ampang and Sri Petaling lines – from a single integrated control centre. At the same time, network management and backup solutions will be integrated to provide seamless end-to-end management of signaling assets across different sites. The integrated train operation will enable commuters in Kuala Lumpur to enjoy service with a rapid response time in the event of a system failure or incident affecting train operation. The new CIC will be located at Taman Ikan Emas.
The project will also include modifications to three existing operational control centers which will be used as back-up centres, thus ensuring a very high level of operational redundancy and system availability.
“This prestigious project will be an important step in the way Prasarana operates its lines. As a long-term strategic partner of Prasarana, we are proud to share their vision of operational excellence with the creation of this integrated control center. We look forward to delivering this project which will bring stronger synergies between Prasarana and Rapid Rail and ultimately improve the passenger experience for commuters in Kuala Lumpur,” said Francois-Xavier Boutes, Country Director of Thales Malaysia.
“This is an important project for Thales to demonstrate its capabilities to integrate multi-signaling platforms as part of its digital strategy. This is another achievement in the 30 plus years of the Thales-Kuala Lumpur relationship,” commented Alcino De Sousa, Vice President. Chairman and CEO, Thales Urban Rail Signalling.
This project is another testament to Thales’s long-term commitment to developing local skills in areas of high demand in Malaysia and in global markets. Engineers from Thales Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. will lead and manage the project, integrating solutions from Thales’ global teams located in Canada, Portugal and Singapore. In addition, this project will be the first of its kind where Thales will involve a large pool of young graduates under the Malaysian government’s Protégé program, who will undergo training and be inserted into real projects for easier integration into the market.
The project is expected to be delivered by April 2023.
Thales has been actively involved in the transport sector in Malaysia since 1998, when the Kelana Jaya LRT line began operating with Thales’ SelTrac™ CBTC system. Over the years, Thales has upgraded the Kuala Lumpur Monorail with a turnkey signaling solution as well as extensive CBTC signaling on the Kelana Jaya and Ampang LRT lines. As part of its commitment to strengthening local rail expertise in Malaysia, Thales has also established a Rail Center of Excellence in Batu Gajah with the support of the Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), to provide training and technology transfer. to the next generation of railway engineers.