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Connecting All Systems for Network Metro Amsterdam (NMA)

What was the challenge?

GVB is responsible for public transport in Amsterdam. The trams, buses and metro are important means of transport for the city’s residents and the many visitors. GVB’s metro network is one of the most advanced transport systems in the world in which Thales’ information technology plays a key role. 

In and around the metro are more and more digital systems, from signalling and passenger information systems to security cameras and ticket vending machines. The client wanted to avoid having different network providers for all these separate systems. In 2013, they launched a tender to find a partner that could connect all systems to one network and create a complete overview of all systems.

How did we respond?

Thales had the most competitive offer and was awarded the project to design and build this network to connect all systems for the Network Metro Amsterdam (NMA). The metro, but also the road tunnels and traffic control centres in Amsterdam are all connected through a large fibre network and, where necessary, with a mobile 4G solution.  

The NMA is continuously kept up to date and keeps pace with the expansion of Amsterdam, for example with the adjustments required for the Zuidasdok project. The network is monitored 24x7 for availability and digital security and GVB can count on 24x7 support agreed within the 10-year maintenance contract.

The results

NMA is the ICT-network on which various metro, road tunnel and traffic control centre systems run, which ensures efficient and reliable transport within Amsterdam and contributes to the city's accessibility and mobility.