17 December 2013

Thales Opens Regional Integration Centre in Singapore

17 December 2013 - Thales, a global technology leader in the Aerospace, Transportation and Defence & Security markets, officially opened its Regional Integration Centre (RIC) in Singapore today. The Thales RIC will address Signalling and Integrated Communication & Supervision Systems, with a focus on innovative developments based on its Seltrac® Communication-Based Train Control (CBTC) solution and its ATSSoft supervision platform flagship.

As Singapore’s population is expected to grow, so will the expectations and demands of its commuters, thus the government is currently working to expand the Rail Transit System (RTS) and bus services. As announced by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in its 2013 Master Plan, the RTS network will increase from 138 km today to 360 km by 2030. Leveraging on the technology and expertise residing in the RIC, Thales aims to work alongside the local operators, contributing to the development of these proposed network enhancements.

These challenges however are not just unique to Singapore. Other growing cities in South-East Asia would similarly benefit from the solutions developed by Thales, which will be further customised and tailored to their specific requirements at the RIC. 

The scope of the RIC will include business development, bid and project management, procurement, system engineering, installation, test & commissioning as well as the supervision of health & safety aspects. It will also provide additional value-added services to Thales’s customers such as troubleshooting, support, training and documentation.

RIC will incorporate a Technical Competence Center for developing innovative solutions in ground transportation. There will be a comprehensive Integrated CBTC lab enabling the testing and validation of a complete MRT line, training for operators and simulation of both normal and degraded modes of operation.

The presence of such a localised facility will provide greater opportunities for training & development as well as shorter turnaround times for product evolutions and operator support. It will join Thales’s vast network of Centres of Competence for transport systems, all over the world (Toronto, Shanghai, Paris, Stuttgart, Vienna and Madrid). 

Ian Woodroofe, VP Transportation & Security, Thales Solutions Asia, said: “The region is witnessing immense growth and along with it, an increasing need for modern and efficient infrastructure. In order to be close to its customers, Thales is very happy to announce the creation of this Regional Integration Centre in Singapore to address the specific requirements of the region. Our solutions will enable these growing cities to better manage their transportation networks and serve their commuters.”

The opening of the RIC signifies Thales’s continued confidence in and commitment to Singapore and is fully in line with the company’s growth path accompanied by continued investments in its local industrial capability and technical competencies in the fields of Avionics, Land Transport, Urban Security and dedicated mission critical systems. 

Source: Thales