Thales and Nokia win TfL contract

Transport for London has awarded Thales the contract to “deliver a comprehensive communications renewal to support the safe operations of the Tube network.” The work is being carried out in collaboration with the company’s transmission network partner, Nokia.

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According to a statement from Thales, this will ensure that “TfL’s multi-services network [MSN] operates at peak performance, minimising functional risks, journey disruptions and costs for TfL.” The MSN sits underneath Thales’ Connect communications ecosystem, which includes radio, transmission and CCTV technology.

Discussing why the ‘renewal’ is important, a spokesperson said: “Legacy systems can slowly become unreliable and could disrupt services, leading to delays and an overall negative impact on passenger journeys. Ensuring a data-backed, integrated and timely update – such as this one spearheaded by Thales and Nokia – proactively addresses these concerns, without hampering passenger mobility.

“Nokia’s mission-critical IP/MPLS network solution is the backbone and complements this system by providing secure, reliable, and scalable connectivity, ensuring that the foundation for this communications ecosystem is robust and sustainable.”

TfL’s director of information technology, Rebecca Bissell, said: “We are delighted to be working with Thales and Nokia on this renewal of our multi-services network, which supports a number of key systems.

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