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At the heart of Thales’ pioneering offer to tram operators is the Tramway Management & Control Solution (TM&CS). It’s a complete tram control system that optimises performance, providing an unprecedented level of supervision and control over tram networks, including routing and headway management. TM&CS incorporates Thales’ Automatic Vehicle Location System (AVLS), which enables an Operation Control Centre to monitor the position of trams at all times. Tram localisation can be achieved in a number of ways, including GPS and trackside beacons, depending on the solution chosen. 

Our core TM&CS solution includes the following functions:

  • Automatic Vehicle Location (AVLS)
  • Signalling for lines and depots
  • Traffic light and priority management at road and crossing areas
  • Train regulation
  • On-Board System (OBS)
  • Timetable management
  • Automatic train stop / Speed supervision (as options)
  • Additional functions (statistics, alarm management)


As well as controlling the network, Thales also provides complete automatic fare collection solutions that incorporate smartcards, ticket vending machines for tram stations and onboard validators. Passenger information and infotainment is another key facet of Thales’ offering for the tram market and includes public address systems and comprehensive passenger information displays, both in-tram and on-station. It is a fully-integrated solution.

With Thales state-of-the art video surveillance solutions, passenger protection and infrastructure & rolling-stock security can be operated in real-time with on-board and in-stations cameras and emergency help points...

With a complete portfolio for ground transportation, Thales responds to all customer demands, from line of sight operating systems to fully automated and large capacities systems (Mainline, Metro…).

Our solutions are designed for a flexible operating management: for normal operational scenarios, degraded scenarios or special events.

With proven references worldwide, Thales local teams are close to your business and take care of the overall integration of your systems, from the delivery up to full customer services (training, support, maintenance…). Building on this know-how and understanding, Thales ensures your smart long-term investment with our independent systems fitting all rolling-stock models and interfacing with all third-party systems.