Transport operators and cities rely on Thales to respond to rapidly growing traffic density and to meet new demands in mobility. With our expertise in signalling, communications and cybersecurity, we move people and goods safely and efficiently.
We occupy a leading position in Switzerland thanks to our solutions for the European Train Control System (ETCS), All major railway companies in Switzerland are among our customers. With the ZBMS train control system, we are constantly expanding our range of services and adapting our proven railway safety solutions for use in the meter gauge railway sector.
Thales solutions are designed to meet the highest standards of security, availability, reliability and ease of maintenance. Our product portfolio range from route and train control systems such as the European Train Control System (ETCS) and electronic interlocking systems to field devices such as axle counters, switch drives and iLED signals.
ACCREDITED IOP COMPETENCE CENTRE
Thanks to the successful realisation of a number of large-scale projects, Thales has developed a team of recognised specialists in the field of train control installations in Switzerland, and has built a competence centre for interoperability services (IOP services) for ETCS-compliant solutions. In 2019, this competence centre was granted the accreditation as testing laboratory for integrated technical Interoperability (IOP) in the field of ETCS (STS 0659).
GOTTHARD AND LÖTSCHBERG BASE TUNNELS
For the first large-scale project, Thales equipped the 34.6 kilometer Lötschberg Base Tunnel with rail signalling solutions, including the ETCS Level 2 train control system. More recently, as a partner of the Transtec Gotthard consortium, Thales supplied the entire signalling infrastructure of the longest rail tunnel in the world; the 57 kilometer Gotthard Base Tunnel, which officially opened in 2016.
The 15.4 km-long Ceneri Base Tunnel is the final section of the transalpine corridor. Again, Thales won the bid to install the signalling solutions and has overall responsibility for project management, integration and commissioning of the train command and control systems. The tunnel is scheduled to open in 2020. Once put in operation, the journey time between Locarno and Lugano will be reduced from today’s 55 minutes to 22 minutes, and travelers from Zurich will reach the Lombard capital Milan in less than three hours.