|Largest fiber-optic city network in the world to ensure seamless communication for forthcoming driverless citywide rail network in Brussels.
Brussels, Paris, December 10, 2013 - Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) and STIB, Belgium’s largest urban public transport operator, are to deploy a new broadband communication network capable of carrying all operational traffic needed to ensure communication and safety for the new fully automated driverless metro rail network in Brussels.
The driverless metro system in Brussels will increase train frequency from 24 trains an hour to 40 to cope with the rapid expansion of passenger traffic in the Belgian capital. Shifting to a fully automated network requires special safety measures, such as a new signaling system, automatically controlled platform gates and more than 10,000 interconnected video-protection cameras.
The fiber-optic network is seamless and secure, providing the required broadband capacity for corporate and operational services as well as for data and video traffic, essential to passenger safety.
Besides the immense growth in communication bandwidth, this fibernet project drastically increases the availability and resilience of STIB’s own fiber infrastructure. The fibernet has an extremely robust design, which can even sustain multiple fiber cuts using failover mechanisms that restore communication links within only 50 milliseconds.
Karel Van Oostveldt, Senior Manager Telecommunications of STIB said: “STIB's development is based on performance and quality, efficiency and sustainability - values commonly shared with Alcatel-Lucent. With its proven broadband solution and know how in the rail sector, Alcatel-Lucent will bring the required foundation for our passengers and mission critical services as well as all innovations which will increase the attractiveness of our public transport offering.”
Pascal Homsy, President Strategic Industries of Alcatel-Lucent said: “Railway operations are becoming increasingly automated and integrated, and the existing communication networks are put under tremendous pressure because of advanced signaling, asset management and improved video security. Meanwhile, passengers are demanding to be connected, entertained and informed. This creates very complex challenges for railway operators who need to improve transport capacity, maintain punctuality and enhance safety. Alcatel-Lucent helps urban transport operators to seamlessly integrate all pieces of this mission critical infrastructure.”
The largest Belgian urban public transport company, the Société des Transports Intercommunaux de Bruxelles, serves the 19 communes of the Brussels Capital Region as well as 11 other outlying communes. It covers a surface area of 241.5 km² and provides transport for a population of over 1,100,000 inhabitants and thousands of commuters.
The STIB network has 4 metro lines, 19 tram lines, 50 bus lines and 11 night bus lines. In 2012, over 348.8 million people chose public transport to get around the capital. The number of people using public transport in Brussels has increased by 70% over 10 years. This spectacular progress is almost unique in Europe.
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