The first mega-cities emerged 30 years ago. Now the planet has five times as many urban conglomerations with more than 10 million inhabitants. And still the figures rise. By 2015 there will be 22 mega-cities.With one in two of the world’s population living in cities, the need for non-stop urban and inter-city transport has never been greater. Road and rail networks are the arteries that keep the heart of our modern society beating, and they are becoming more clogged every day.
Smarter ways to manage urban transport
Integration and interoperability at every level of the transport system are key to smooth, continuous metro operations and enhanced safety and security. Thanks to integrated, secured and safe solutions, all critical data can be centralised on one system and accessed through a single user interface. Thales delivers on-board and on-platform communications; automatic train control technologies to supervise automatic trains and equipment; and integrated operation control centres for advanced applications such as video surveillance and real-time passenger information. As a result, operator services can be more frequent, reliable and user-friendly, despite increased traffic loads, while faster throughput and shorter lead times generate significant gains in profitability.
Thales processes over 100 million e-ticket transactions in 100 cities
daily. Electronic ticketing and tag technology gets travellers through
the barriers faster while enabling closer co-operation between
Taking smart traffic management a step further, Thales also links urban transport operations centres to the command and control posts of emergency services, such as road traffic police, ambulance services and fire brigade, for rapid response in case of accidents or emergency.