Ansaldo STS CEO’s Andy Barr was on hand to officially inaugurate our new CBTC (Communication Based Train Control) integration lab in Bangalore office. The new state-of-the-art facility further strengthens the local company’s capability by enabling functional testing to be conducted on site in Bangalore. Prior to the test lab opening, all CBTC integration testing required by the team in India was conducted by the French colleagues at the Les Ulis facility. Akshata Raj, Senior Signalling Configuration Engineer, said that in preparation for the development of the new lab, she spent three months in Les Ulis to gain a full understanding of their CBTC platform.
“Colleagues from both France and India worked very closely in the past few months to ensure we successfully emulated the Les Ulis CBTC platform here in Bangalore,” she said.
The new lab is the latest step in ASTS India’s strategy to build local competency and ensure it is optimally positioned to respond to the new business opportunities flowing from India’s rapidly growing metro market. In addition, this new lab will support other metro projects from other Legal Entities as well.
“We already have a fully functional Automatic Train Supervision (ATS) lab here in Bangalore, and now an operational CBTC integration lab. We hope that, in addition to servicing local requirements, our team can provide support for global requirements from our Bangalore facility,” she added.
In India, Ansaldo STS is currently delivering a considerable number of metro projects. These include: Noida – Greater Noida Metro: CBTC Signalling & Telecommunications system (30km, 22 stations, elevated); Navi Mumbai Metro: CBTC Signalling, construction of a new metro system in Navi Mumbai (for Phase 1: 11.1km, 11 stations elevated, turnkey E&M); Kolkata Metro: CBTC Signalling & Telecommunications system (16.6km, 12 stations, 6 underground 6 elevated); Mumbai Monorail: Signalling system Track Circuit (0.9km) in revenue service.