Alcatel-Lucent in pact with RATP of France to improve passenger safety

Alcatel-Lucent has tied up with the RATP
Group, a French public transport operator, to provide broadband communications
services to improve security, safety and the passenger experience on Line 1 of
the Paris Metro.

Line 1 metros will benefit from video train
control, video surveillance and operational data transfer between trains and
the control center. This will enhance safety and customer experience and
optimize operations and maintenance efficiency, as part of RATP Group’s project
to transform Metro line 1 into a fully-automated driverless system.

A new ground-to-train data transfer system
will allow real-time monitoring of the flow of data between the driverless
trains and central control. Twin cameras at the front and back of each train
provide real-time video control to the center, while video surveillance
streamed in real-time from the cameras inside each metro car enhances passenger

The system includes the provision of
passenger information services, including on-board TV programs, advertizing,
and updates for travelers and visitors to Paris. In addition, TDST provides
rapid notification of maintenance requirements, reducing response and repair
time and improving the efficiency of the service.

Alcatel-Lucent’s smooth implementation of
the TDST system has enabled the seamless transition from driver to driverless
operation without any interruption to service on the line.

The line serves major tourist destinations
such as the Louvre museum, and carries an average of 725 000 passengers
every day.

Line 1 is the busiest on the subway system
and runs from Chateau de Vincennes in south-east Paris to La Defense, an
important business district and location of the corporate headquarters of some
of the largest companies in France.

“Alcatel-Lucent has a long history of
delivering innovative secure communications solutions for the metro
environment. Our expertise in this industry meant we were able to provide a
highly efficient solution to transform RATP’s network and deploy it without
disrupting daily operation,” said Pascal Homsy, Alcatel-Lucent France Chairman and CEO.

Under this agreement, Alcatel-Lucent
delivered a complete end-to-end integrated system with full Wi-Fi coverage over
18km of track for Line 1 of the Paris Metro system including comprehensive
services such as design and integration. In addition, Alcatel-Lucent provided
an on-board interface connecting all subsystems including video-surveillance
cameras, and multimedia screens located in train carriages.

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