Siemens to provide control systems for Bluewaters transport pods

Siemens to provide control systems for Bluewaters transport pods
Siemens wireless solutions will control the autonomous transport pods that will carry visitors and residents to Bluewaters Island.
Published: 7 August 2018 - 11:41 a.m.
By: Mark Sutton

Siemens will provide wireless control systems for the autonomous transport system that will serve Dubai's upcoming Bluewaters real estate development.

The mixed-use Bluewaters project, a man-made island, connected to the Dubai seafront, will be served by a a people-mover system comprising 25 automated Group Rapid Transit (GRT) vehicles, built by Dutch transport company 2getthere. Each vehicle is designed to carry 24 passengers and the system will connect the island to Dubai's existing metro network with a capacity of 2,500 people per hour in each direction.

The driverless people-mover will be wirelessly connected to the control room by Siemens' Scalance and RuggedCom industrial communications systems, with two simultaneous data channels for the highest levels of availability. The autonomous vehicles will maintain a constant connection with the control room, with the wireless system reducing the need for physical cabling and helping in reducing energy consumption, without compromising on performance or durability.

"Digital communication technology is the backbone of a smart transport infrastructure, and we're proud to be an integral technology contributor to this prominent project in line with the Emirate's strategy to make 25 percent of all journeys autonomous by 2030," said Uwe Troeger, Senior Executive Vice President, Process Industries and Drives and Digital Factory, Siemens Middle East.

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