On May 26, Sydney’s North West Metro, the first driverless metro in Australia commenced revenue service. CASCO participated in the signaling construction as subcontractor by providing FAOTS, a fully automatic driverless train supervision system that was independently developed by CASCO with Safety Integrity Level 2 (SIL2) and Grade of Automation 4 (GoA4). It is another successful application of CASCO’s driverless product in developed area since South Island Line of Hong Kong, and was praised as cutting-edge by Sydney Metro.
As the largest transportation hub project in Australia after Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney North West Metro attracted much attention since its commencement. It is 36km long, consisting of 13km existing line and 23km new line, along which there are 13 stations, including 5 existing stations and 8 new stations. Once delivered, the efficient and brand new metro line will thoroughly change the traffic situation of the northwest Sydney and improve local commuting efficiency.
The onboard FAOTS system is a centralized automatic train supervision system developed by CASCO specially for overseas market. With centralized control as the core, central devices are enhanced with no station devices installed, to improve the maintainability and convenience in troubleshooting. Meanwhile, the system integrates many functions, such as the latest interval intrusion detection, intelligent train interval operation monitoring and interval power failure detection, and shows advanced intelligence by enabling appropriate ventilation mode according to working condition and running speed of the train.
With this system, Sydney North West Metro can realize fully automatic management of various working conditions, e.g., auto wake-up, self-inspection, auto exit and entry of depot, mainline operation, auto vehicle cleaning and auto sleep, and further support degraded operation in case of fault. Once there’s any invasion in the interval, the system can automatically control the train to whistle, decelerate and turn on the lights after identification via access control or camera monitoring. If interval power failure occurs when a train is running, the system will take a quick response to minimize the impact.
Previously, CASCO’s FAOTS system was successfully applied to the South Island Line of Hong Kong at the end of 2016 and has been running stably since. To further meet the operational requirements of Sydney North West Metro, CASCO ergonomically optimizes and improves the control interface layout and icon design of FAOTS based on the habits and functional requirements of Sydney Metro customer to make it more convenient and user-friendly.
In addition, CASCO takes full responsibility for life-cycle management of the overall system for the project to secure the long-term safe and reliable operation of Sydney North West Metro, thus fully safeguarding local traveling, and creating reassuring experience for customers and the public.
On the afternoon of October 31, CASCO, together with Shanghai Shentong Metro Group Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as “Shentong Group”), Shanghai Telecom, Huawei, Shanghai Communications Services and other partners, launched China’s first rail transit operation management platform based on 5G applications – “5G+ Intelligent Operation Command Platform”, which is the first customized application of CASCO’s “Fully Automatic Operation System 2.0” for intelligent metros since its official release in June this year. At present, the platform has been officially put into operation at East Xujing Station of Shanghai Metro Line 2, aiming to provide intelligent rail transit service for the success of the Second China International Import Expo.
On October 11, 2019, under the escort of several CASCO signaling systems, the passenger dedicated line from Meizhou to Chaozhou-Shantou region officially entered into passenger-carrying operation, marking that the northeastern part of Guangdong was officially integrated into the “three-hour economic and living circle” of Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
At 10:00 a.m. on October 9, 2019, CASCO’s FZK-CTC3.0 centralized traffic control system with complete intellectual property rights was officially put into operation for Datong-Qinhuangdao Railway, the first heavy-haul railway in China. CASCO upgraded and transformed its original CTC system and assisted the successful reconstruction of signaling system, making it the first heavy-haul railway to be overhauled and renovated in China. It has not only greatly improved the freight capacity of the railway, but also set a new benchmark in the dispatching command of busy heavy-haul freight trunk railways with a capacity of ten thousand tons.