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Egypt: Thales to Modernise Cairo Metro

Image courtesy of Thales
Image courtesy of Thales

Thales Transportation has signed two contracts to modernise Cairos aging metro system, implementing Thales fare collection and integrated communications system and upgrading the fare collection system for Lines 1 and 2 of the rapid transit network.

TransCity Ticketing Solution

Following the successful implementation of the TransCity system in South Africa, Thales will implement the system on Lines 1 and 2 of the Cairo Metro. It will replace equipment which was installed in the 1980s, when the lines were constructed.

Thales will install 850 access gates, 100 vending terminals for ticket outlets and 75 portable ticket control terminals. In addition, it will supply a new system architecture. The TransCity central system will oversee all data generated across the existing network and accommodate evolutions and extensions to the network in the future.

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The 18 month long project will be particularly challenging as Cairo has one of the densest public transport networks in the world and there are expected to be no disruption to passenger services while works are being completed.

Once the installation is complete, magnetic stripe and contactless fare technology will enable seamless passenger access to the metro system. The fare collection equipment installed on on Lines 1 and 2 will enhance reliability and reduce maintenance costs. They system uses Web 2.0 technologies and guarantees that it will meet the ongoing management of the system as the network develops in the future.

Integrated Communications and Supervision for Extended Line 3

Working in a consortium with Alstom, Thales will implement a fully Integrated Communications & Supervision Systems for the extended metro line 3, effecting 15 new stations and one depot. The 17km line will run from Attaba to Rod El Farag and Cairo University.

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The system will be installed in the Line 3 operational control centre, providing real-time management and control of the entire telecommunications, ticketing and electro-mechanical systems of the metro line.

The extension of Line 3 is part of a 76 month programme of strategic investments in Cairo in order to improve performance and increase capacity on public transport services.

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