Company Collaboration Brings Smart Travel To Nottingham

Nottingham trams Express Transit (NET) project has achieved enhanced control and monitoring features for its public transport, through the collaboration of Taylor Woodrow, Alstom (TWA) and Boulting Technology.

In a bid to become one of the UK’s first smart cities, Nottingham has recently expanded its existing tram to include two new lines. New routes join the existing line at Nottingham Station, with the entire network accommodating over 20 million passengers every year. It is estimated that the second phase of the Nottingham Express Transit (NET) will take three million car journeys off Nottingham’s roads.

The network itself had to be high speed, with all the components able to provide 1GB per second operating speed. Due to geography and existing fibre optic infrastructure, Boulting Technology also integrated a small set of junctions on the existing tramline to meet this requirement.

Boulting Technology installed single-mode fibre optic cables to achieve the required Ethernet communications links between tram stop equipment cabinets, miscellaneous equipment cabinets and traffic signal-controller cabinets. There were 74 new connections proposed in total across the entire network.

To allow secure communication with the network’s central monitoring station, the Urban Traffic Control (UTC) system, Boulting Technology also designed the firewall and internal networking for external users.

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