Hitachi Asia Ltd, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd, announced yesterday that it has secured a S$30 million contract with Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) to enhance the capability of the Sentosa Express light rail system, with a new Wireless Signaling System (CBTC(1)) and another train set.
The enhancement will enable the Sentosa Express to cater to more passengers and better serve an increasing number of visitors entering the island resort, said the company in a media statement.
This CBTC system, which is a signaling system for urban transportation such as the monorail, will use wireless communication to transmit information on trains' positions and speeds so that the distance between trains can be closer, yet safe and constant.
This significantly reduces the time intervals between trains, shaving off travel time for guests. The improvement on train efficiency will also allow the addition of another two-carriage train for greater capacity.
In addition, the enhancement will have an Automatic Train Operations (ATO(2)) function, which allows the computer system to fully control the train. This will relieve the train captains of manual train operation, and enable them to take on other functions such as managing the safety and security on the train.
"Hitachi is excited to work with SDC once again to provide a better user experience for the Sentosa Express with our CBTC system and new vehicles. We have been ensuring a safe and effective operation of the Sentosa Express since its launch in 2007, and this partnership is a testament of SDC's recognition in Hitachi's abilities," said Alistair Dormer, Hitachi Rail Global CEO of Hitachi, Ltd, adding that the company will continue to expand its railway systems business on a global scale.
Besides Singapore's Sentosa Express, Hitachi's CBTC system has also been applied to the Chongqing rail transit in 2009. This technology will also be adopted on Line 1, Vietnam's first urban railway in Ho Chi Minh City, according to the company.
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