"Together with Bane Nor, Siemens will renew the complete Norwegian rail network into a full digital IP-based system – a real Internet of Things system."
Siemens has won the largest rail infrastructure order in its 170-year history, for which it is tasked with enhancing “safety, punctuality and capacity” on Norway’s rail network. The £700m (€800m) Bane Nor contract will see the German company install a signalling system across the country’s 2,600-mile (4,200km), 375-station infrastructure.
Siemens plans to introduce European Train Control System (ETCS) by 2034, when it will run alongside its IP-based network safety system, Sinet. A 25-year maintenance services contract is also included in the deal. Sverre Kjenne, Bane Nor’s executive vice president said the deal marked “the start of modernisation of the railway network in Norway”.
Bane Now is planning to invest more than £1.7bn (€2bn) in digitalisation and automation on its network over the next decade and the news comes weeks after Thales announced that it too would be delivering signalling for the Norway operator. That system, also due for completion by 2034, will see Thales working on a signalling system that Norway said would welcome the world’s first Traffic Management System (TMS). Completely separate from the latest Thales deal, a spokesperson from Siemens contacted by SmartRail World confirmed “there is no consortium – the companies have different scopes”.
Included in the installation of the Siemens’ work will be a complete signalling system with interlockings, ETCS Level 2, point machines, train detection systems, level crossings and related infrastructure. The first line that will begin using the new system will be the The Nordland Line (Nordlandsbanen) in 2022.
Siemens’ chief executive officer, Michael Peter, said that the project represented a major step in signalling history that is comparable only to the switch from relay to electronic interlockings around 30 years ago. “Together with Bane Nor, Siemens will renew the complete Norwegian rail network into a full digital IP-based system – a real Internet of Things system.
"In the end it will allow to give passengers a far more efficient and reliable travel experience with far higher punctuality, increased capacity and throughput,” said Peter, who added that it will all be controlled in Oslo.
Providing details on the Sinet safety system, Siemens said it will directly operate with the ETCS cab-signalling system and will include functionality for cloud-based services. As a result signals are no longer required along the lines because signal aspects are directly transferred to the driver’s cab, thus increasing efficiency.