SYSTRA is helping Perth, the capital of Western Australia, with a major upgrade of its railway network’s radio system.
Via SYSTRA Scott Lister's offices in Australia and Singapore, we are providing engineering support to a joint venture (JV) between Huawei and UGL-CIMIC Group for a next-generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) based digital radio system on behalf of The Public Transport Authority of Western Australia (PTA).
SYSTRA teams are currently tasked with Systems Engineering and design independent verification with more engineering services to follow. The project is expected to be completed by 2021.
A first for SYSTRA, a first for Australia
This is the first LTE Rail project SYSTRA has been involved in as well as the first to be implemented in Australia. This provides us with a strong reference and marks an important stage in the development of our business in Perth, where the Railway Technical Society of Australasia (RTSA) will host the Conference on Railway Excellence (CORE) in May 2020, providing SYSTRA with another opportunity to increase its brand awareness in Western Australia.
"This project represents a great opportunity for us to get involved in LTE, a technology that provides a single unified network for optimising operational and maintenance services," said Patrick Desforges, Business Development Director – Australia & New Zealand. "We won this strategic project thanks to a great team effort involving the Paris Systems Division and SYSTRA Scott Lister's Rail engineering team. This project will definitely help us grow our footprint in Western Australia where other projects such as CBTC re-signalling are at the initial development stage."
Delivering cutting edge technology with a range of benefits
This Radio Systems Replacement (RSR) project will deliver a total end-to-end digital radio solution across the PTA's 180km electrified rail network and the new Forrestfield Airport Link twin tunnels. It will provide continuous, high availability voice and data radio coverage to the PTA electrified suburban network, including approximately 180km of rail corridor and adjacent land, 82 base stations and associated areas and railway depots. It will also provide greater reliability and flexibility, enabling a more efficient rail network to be created, supporting plans for future expansion.