Siemens
will provide wireless control systems for the autonomous transport system that
will serve Dubai’s upcoming Bluewaters real estate development.

The mixed-use Bluewaters
project, a man-made island, connected to the Dubai seafront, will be served by
a a people-mover system comprising 25 automated Group Rapid Transit (GRT)
vehicles, built by Dutch transport company 2getthere. Each vehicle is designed
to carry 24 passengers and the system will connect the island to Dubai’s
existing metro network with a capacity of 2,500 people per hour in each
direction.

The driverless
people-mover will be wirelessly connected to the control room by Siemens’
Scalance and RuggedCom industrial communications systems, with two simultaneous
data channels for the highest levels of availability. The autonomous vehicles
will maintain a constant connection with the control room, with the wireless
system reducing the need for physical cabling and helping in reducing energy
consumption, without compromising on performance or durability.

“Digital
communication technology is the backbone of a smart transport infrastructure,
and we’re proud to be an integral technology contributor to this prominent
project in line with the Emirate’s strategy to make 25 percent of all journeys
autonomous by 2030,” said Uwe Troeger, Senior Executive Vice President, Process
Industries and Drives and Digital Factory, Siemens Middle East.

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