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Executive summary..............................................................................................................3
Thales.................................................................................................................................... 4
Thales in the Middle East.....................................................................................................5
A global public transport offering........................................................................................8
World-class rail signalling solutions.....................................................................................8
Integrated communication and supervision systems...........................................................9
Fare collection: pioneering multi-modal, multi-operator systems.........................................9
References........................................................................................................................... 10
Dubai Metro, a particularly important project for Thales.....................................................10
Press releases..................................................................................................................... 12
Transport: Thales' CBTC technology celebrates 25 years and remains at the cutting edge
of innovation...................................................................................................................... 12
Transport: Thales is strengthening its international presence............................................14
Thales provides a transportation system to the Meccas Metro in time for the Hajj
pilgrimage.......................................................................................................................... 17
Biographies......................................................................................................................... 18
Jean-Pierre Forestier.........................................................................................................18
Gabriel Colceag................................................................................................................. 18

Executive summary

No other company in the world offers such an extensive portfolio of advanced electronic
solutions for ground transportation. These include signalling, supervision, communications,
passenger information, security and fare collection systems. The primary role is to enhance
the safety, capacity and operational efficiency of transport networks.
Thales also has a unique ability to integrate and create intelligent linkages between different
control systems contributing to seamless end-to-end transport service. Connecting systems
unlocks potential and adds operational value: Thales customers can deliver energy savings,
enhanced security, better passenger information and much more responsive operations in

this way.
In tandem with this, Thales provides long-term services and customer care. By offering both
solutions and services, Thales allows the customer to get the most out of their infrastructure.
And by making public transport safer, more comfortable and easier to use, we play a
decisive part in attracting and retaining passengers.
Face to the new market trends
Customers face a number of new market trends. Energy management is becoming
important and it is requested in an increasing number of invitations to tender. Customers
need to reduce overall energy consumption to move the largest number of passengers
with the least amount of electricity. They also need to control peak electricity demand,
because many operators pay additional charges for exceeding pre-set thresholds.
The need for interoperability and intermodality the freedom for operators to run different
types of trains on the same infrastructure is also very important. It means to eliminate the
barriers that exist between metro and main line operations in cities. Harmonised signalling
and train control is going to play a decisive role in achieving this.
Mobility is a fundamental need everywhere but that does not mean that all markets are the
same. In emerging economies, for example, the priority is extending urban mobility and
Thales is primarily engaged in greenfield projects. New operators need to know that they will
get the most out of their investment in new physical assets, and they are able to guarantee
this by investing in electronic infrastructure.
In mature markets, by contrast, the challenge is essentially one of renewal and
modernisation to get the very best performance out of existing networks. This means
providing enhanced capacity, improved journey time capability and the ability to manage and
control energy use. And there is a fundamental need to deliver new signalling with minimal
disruption to the operational railway.

Thales is a global technology leader for the Defence & Security and the Aerospace &
Transport markets. In 2010, the company generated revenues of 13.1 billion with 68,000
employees in 50 countries. With its 22,500 engineers and researchers, Thales has a unique
capability to design, develop and deploy equipment, systems and services that meet the
most complex security requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with
operations around the world working with customers as local partners.

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Thales in the Middle East

More than 30 years of presence, partnership and successes
With 30 years of presence and partnership in the Middle East and the Gulf countries, Thales
has developed outstanding relations with the countries of the region and is a reliable partner
for local companies.
Thaless Middle East regional HQ is located in Dubai. Beyond the provision of systems and
equipment that enhance customers security and defence capabilities, Thales is keen to
develop a progressive and close cooperation in technology, industry and training.
In 2010, the Middle East accounted for approx.10% of the Groups total revenues.
Thales in the United Arab Emirates
Addressing both defence and civil markets, Thales has built on a long-standing presence in
the United Arab Emirates, dating back more than 30 years.
With over 500 people employed in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the UAE are the cornerstone of
Thales in the Middle East.
In the defence market, Thales has supplied tactical radios (PR4G), ground-to-air
communication systems (GATR), air defence systems (Crotale), on-board electronic systems
for the Mirage 2000-9 Fighter, Multi-role Tanker Transport Aircraft (MRTT) and Maritime
Patrol Aircraft. .
In the civil market, Thaless recent successes include: Airport Surface Detection Equipment
(ASDE) and radars at Dubai airports, Air Traffic Management System at Abu Dhabi Airport,
secure fare collection system, signalling and telecommunications for Dubai Metro, security
and telecommunication systems for Borouge 2 petrochemical site.
Thales also provides the In-Flight Entertainment systems for the Airbus and Boeing fleet of
Etihad Airways and has supplied thousands of electronic payment terminals to UAE banks.
In the space domain, Al Yah Satellite Company Yahsat, a wholly owned subsidiary of
Mubadala Development Company, awarded in 2007 a contract to a joint team of Thales
Alenia Space and Astrium to build their dual satellite communications system. Yahsat will
provide customers with innovative solutions for broadcasting services, internet trunking via
satellite, corporate data networks and backhauling services to telecom operators.
Partnering with local industry through joint ventures

Thales Advanced Solutions (TAS) is a joint venture between Thales and C4

Advanced Solutions (C4AS), a subsidiary of Emirates Advanced Investments (EAI),
which focuses on systems, product, software and solutions development mainly for
cutting edge technologies related to Communications , Radar and other defense

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Thalbat Advanced Technologies is a joint venture with Baynunah Aviation

Technologies (BAT), in the field of defence, aiming at giving technical and
technological support to the United Arab Emirates Air Force in the field of onboard
electronics, in particular sensors and avionics systems.

CERT Thales Institute (CTI) is a joint-venture training company between the Centre
of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT) of the Higher Colleges of
Technology and Thales. The CERT Thales Institute provides courses and
programmes in five areas: Radiocommunications, Project and Maintenance
Management, Multimedia Development and Electronic Documentation and Desktop

National Telesystems and Services (NTS)

Gamco Thales Systems (GTS) is a joint venture company with a subsidiary of

Mubadala (ADAT), dedicated to electronic systems maintenance.

Thales in Saudi Arabia

With an established presence in the Kingdom (over 900 employees) as well as a diversified
portfolio of activities, Thales has built in the Kingdom a mature relationship based on a solid
partnership country-wide.
In the Defence field, Thaless commercial successes include major Shahine and Crotale
contracts for Air Defence. In the Naval domain, Thales is prime-contractor for the Sawari-II
contract (three frigates), which follows the successful Sawari-I program (four frigates), for
which Thales now provides logistic support. In 2007, Thales was selected by the Saudi
Arabian Ministry of Defence to supply a major electronic protection system to the Saudi Air
Force (worth 126 million), known as Al Madhallah (the Umbrella).
In the Aerospace and Space domains, a contract was awarded to Thales by the General
Authority of Civil Aviation, for Navigation Aid Equipment. In the training field, Thales is also
partnering with Saudi Arabias General Authority of Civil Aviation for the development of the
Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation in Jeddah. Under a contract worth 152 million riyals (approx.
30 million), Thales will organise training of instructors in air traffic control, maintenance of
civil aviation electronics systems, fire safety and airport security, working in partnership with
Frances National University of Civil Aviation (ENAC) for the air traffic control component. In
April 2008, Thales and Advanced Electronics Company (AEC) signed an agreement to set up
a joint venture in charge of developing simulators in Saudi Arabia, as well as providing the
associated training and support services.
Another success was that of Thales Alenia Space, when it was selected in 2009 by Arabsat,
alongside Astrium, to build and deliver in orbit two new satellites, Arabsat 5C and Arabsat 6B.
Astrium will supply the platforms and integrate the satellites. Thales Alenia Space will design
and build the communications payloads. In addition to this partnership on the fifth generation
Arabsat satellites, Thales Alenia Space was also co-prime contractor with Astrium on the

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fourth generation (Arabsat 4A and 4B and BADR6). The company has already delivered to
Arabsat since the 1980s, three first-generation satellites, two second-generation satellites,
and one third-generation satellite.
Also very active in the Security and Transportation fields, Thales was chosen in 2005 to
secure Mecca during the annual Hajj. Thales supplies an information system incorporating
smart image analysis technology for guidance of pilgrims and protection against accidents
caused by overcrowding. The integrated crisis management system allows for close
monitoring and control of crowd movements, providing an early warning of any build-up.
In 2009, Thales was awarded a contract worth 103 million by China Railway Construction
Corp. to supply, integrate and deploy its proven driverless train control and
telecommunication systems for the Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Metro project, the first for
the Mecca region.
In April 2009, Thales has signed its first main line contract in Saudi Arabia, in cooperation
with Saudi BinLadin Group, worth 340 million euros. The North-South Railway project is
major infrastructure project to connect Riyadh with the North of the country. Thaless leading
European Train Control System (ETCS) Level 2 will be implemented on the North-South
Railway project, stretching across 2,400 Km.
Thales is also a leading player in radio and TV broadcasting equipment via its subsidiary
Thales Security Solutions and Services KSA (T3S KSA). In 2006, the company was chosen
to create the Fibre Optic backbone for Etihad Etisalat (Mobily), the operator of the second
GSM network in Saudi Arabia, a contract worth 180 million.
In the area of information and communication systems security, Thales has been working for
over ten years with Saudi Arabias Monetary Agency (SAMA) to secure the countrys
electronic payment system.
Thales in the other Middle Eastern countries
Thales has been a long-standing and trusted partner of the Qatari armed forces. The Group
supplied the electronic equipment of the Qatari Navys corvettes. Thales also provided
tactical radios and networks (PR4G, UHF/VHF), Air Defence Systems and On-board
Electronic Systems (Mirage F1/200-5, Alphajet).
More recently, civil projects have become important, like air traffic equipment for the Doha
New International Airport, secure identification systems and site security. In May 2010, Qatar
Airways chose next generation Thales In-Flight Entertainment (TopSeries) and connectivity
system for its fleet of 30 787 aircraft with 30 options. Earlier in 2009, Thales In-Flight
Entertainment systems had been selected to equip Qatar Airways fleet of 30 Airbus single
aisle aircraft.
Moreover, Qatar Airways selected Thales Training and Simulation for the supply of Full Flight
Simulator (FFS).
Thales won contracts throughout the region for Air Traffic Control (Egypt, Iran),
Communications (Egypt, Oman, Qatar, UAE), Radars and Air Defence systems (Egypt,
Kuwait, UAE, Yemen), and Naval systems (Kuwait, Oman, Qatar). Thales also supplied radio

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and TV broadcasting equipment to a large number of countries, particularly Saudi Arabia and
In 2008, Thales Alenia Space has won contract with Nilesat, the Egyptian satellite company,
to provide the Nilesat-201 broadcasting communication satellite and associated services and
ground stations. Nilesat-201 will enable to provide digital Direct to the Home (DTH) TV and
radio broadcasting services and high-speed data transmission services over North Africa,
Middle East and Gulf area, starting in February 2010. In the past, Thales Alenia Space has
provided Nilesats first two satellite payloads on board Nilesat-101 and Nilesat-102 satellites.

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A global public transport offering

Thales has more than 100 transport customers worldwide

Thales has 7,000 people specialised in transportation activities
Thales provides its services to main line railways and urban transport
Thales has a global market approach and a worldwide presence
Thales enjoys unique positioning in
strengthened by long-term partnerships




Thales has a comprehensive portfolio of solutions based on open architectures

The ground transportation business is growing and represents one of the Groups major
areas of development. Thales has a unique leadership position in rail control systems with a
comprehensive offering spanning two market segments: main line railways and urban
transport. Thales capabilities cover:
Rail signalling
Integrated communication and supervision systems
Fare-collection systems
Thales has a worldwide coverage with a network of centres of excellence: China, France and
Canada (metro systems), Germany, Austria, France and Spain (main lines railways ), France
and China (Fare-collection systems).
Our customers challenges are:
Make public transport attractive for passengers
Save on operational and maintenance costs
Improve transport offer with limited investment
Guarantee safety of train movements
Reduce environmental impact
By providing systems and services enabling them to get the most out of their infrastructure,
we help our customers to achieve their challenges.
World-class rail signalling solutions
Thales is the worlds second largest supplier of rail signalling critical systems. Its offering
meets the requirements in particular of main line and urban rail operators, rail infrastructure
managers, prime contractors and rolling stock OEMs. Thales systems ensure automatic train
speed and control, which brings enhanced performance and safety to customers and better
return on investment for operators. This is one of the major challenges facing operators
today given the exponential increase in traffic volumes. The automatic control systems
developed by Thales allow operators to carry a maximum number of people while offering
passengers optimum capacity, comfort and safety. At the same time, our solutions address
growing demand for interoperability between new infrastructures and legacy transport

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systems. To meet these changing needs and standards, Thales signalling activity offers indepth expertise in system testing and deployment.
Thales is one of the major contributor to the development of Europes high-speed rail
networks with the European Train Control System (ETCS) solution. Thales has the best track
records in terms of ETCS project deployment with major references in Spain, Germany,
Austria, Switzerland, Romania, Poland, Finland, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Bulgaria,
Greece, Turkey, Hungary, Mexico, Algeria, India, Saudi-Arabia, Australia and South-Korea.
Thales leads the Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) market with 30 metro
equipped with SelTrac CBTC solutions in the largest capitals worldwide.
Integrated communication and supervision systems
Communication systems represent another fast-growing market and Thales leads the
Supervision and Communications market with a comprehensive solutions offering. Thales is
uniquely positioned to enable operators to implement integrated communication and
supervision systems, which not only optimise infrastructure usage but also ensure optimum
The communication systems simultaneously pilot traffic management systems (i.e.,
signalling), as well as maximum passenger security and comfort thanks to an array of alarm,
video-surveillance, abnormal behaviour detection, fire detection, lights, escalators and
passenger information systems.
Fare collection: pioneering multi-modal, multi-operator systems
Thales is the 3rd worlds leading provider of fare-collection systems, with an extensive
presence in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Middle East.
From a single metro line or bus operation to a transportation system that stretches across an
entire nation, Thales Fare Collection Systems are there to meet customers needs no
matter how large or small the network.
Proven in service throughout the world, Thales end-to-end Fare Collection offer embraces
everything from design, equipment supply and integration to through-life maintenance and
The result: seamless journeys for passengers and quick, secure revenue collection and
distribution for operators today and for years to come.


Dubai Metro, a particularly important project for Thales

RTA, operator of the Dubai metro, wanted to develop a metro network to combat the city's
road congestion and offer passengers the best service possible.
Inaugurated in September 2009, Dubai's metro covers 52 kilometres with the red line, to
which 17.6 kilometres will be added with the green line, due to open during the course of
2011. It will thereby become the largest CBTC driverless metro in the world.
Dubai Metro demonstrates the full range of Thaless capabilities. Thales has deployed
signalling and train control for driverless operations, communications and information
systems to support operational and passenger needs, intermodal ticketing for seamless
journeys and video surveillance for enhanced security. Thales has also provided two
Operation Control Centres. It is a complete mission-critical solution.

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Thaless references in the field of Transport systems include numerous contracts throughout
the world in Europe, Asia and the Americas
Turnkey solutions

Metros: Dubai, Mecca, Istanbul (Kadikoy-Kartal), etc.

Main lines railways: North-South Railway link (Saudi Arabia), Ltschberg Tunnel
(Switzerland), Gotthard Tunnel, etc.


Metros: Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong-Kong, Jubilee line and Neasden Depot in London,
New York, Paris, Shanghai, Vancouver, Wuhan, etc.
High-speed and ETCS lines: Austria, Germany, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Spain,
Switzerland, Netherlands, Korea, Mexico, etc.
Conventional rail lines: Algeria, France, Finland, Hungary, Morocco, Slovenia, Spain,
Romania, Portugal, Poland, Bulgaria, etc..
Automated People Movers: Washington Dulles, Jacksonville, Las Vegas, Tampa, etc.
Automated Light Rail: San Francisco, Kuala-Lumpur, etc.
Tramways: Bordeaux and Nantes (France) and Bergen (Norway).

Integrated fare collection

Metros: Algiers, Delhi, Gautrain (South Africa), Hong Kong, Madrid, Santo-Domingo,
Turin, etc.
Bus: Mexico, Toronto (Canada), Vicenze (Italy), Lisbon (Portugal), etc.
Contactless systems: Beijing, Cairo, Singapore, etc.
Multi-operator, multi-modal systems: Denmark, Netherlands, Oslo (Norway),
Auckland (New Zealand).


Metros: Chongqing and Guangzhou Metro (China), Line 13 in Paris (France), North
East Line(Singapore), Panama, Tyne & Wear Metro (UK),
Tramways: Croydon Tramlink and Manchester Metrolink (UK), Lille and Marseille
tram network (France), Palermo (Italy).


UK: Airwave, Channel Tunnel Rail Link (GSM-R), East London Line
France: SNCF in the Ile de France

Revenue management

UK: Eurostar, UKs web-based Online Journey Planner, National Express, Cross
Country, Midland Mainline.


Press releases
Transport: Thales' CBTC technology celebrates 25 years
and remains at the cutting edge of innovation

Increasing line capacity

Promoting sustainable mobility with green modes of transport
Developing value-added signalling at optimised costs
Designing technologies that continuously adapt themselves to market

UITP World Congress, Dubai, 11th April 2011 Invented 25 years ago, Thales' CBTC
technology for train control systems remains the benchmark technology. This is not only
because it was ahead of its time, but also as it has continued to evolve and integrate new
functionalities, keeping up with the continual developments of urban transport.
In the 1980s, Thales invented CBTC technology, the train control system based on
telecommunications. At the time, conceiving then designing a signalling system controlled by
computers was considered pure science fiction! The first fully automatic (driverless) CBTC
system was commissioned at the World Expo in Vancouver in 1986. During this event, CBTC
technology proved its efficiency, reliability and profitability to the entire world, transporting
hundreds of thousands of visitors.
The CBTC is an automatic rail traffic control system based on continuous communication
between the train and the computers responsible for controlling the traffic. Compared with
conventional railway signalling systems that manage the distances between trains in real
time, CBTC technology allows trains to be operated with intervals right down to 60 seconds,
all the while ensuring optimum operational safety.
Today, CBTC signalling is still the benchmark technology for metro operators across the
globe and 90% of requests for metro signalling require it. The technology has proven its
efficiency, but also its ability to optimise costs in terms of system lifecycles. A CBTC system
is a profitable and sustainable investment as it is designed to be updated and take on more
functionalities and capabilities:

It adapts itself to different modes of transport: metros, tramways (San Francisco),

suburban trains (Hong Kong) or automated shuttles in operation 24/7 (Las Vegas).
Invented to supply new lines, the technology also enables existing metro networks to
be modernised, which represents a major challenge in terms of operational safety
and maintaining service during deployment.
Based on software, the systems are constantly updated with new versions adapted to
the client's needs.
Its performance capabilities enable passenger transport capacities to be significantly
optimised, all the while reducing the carbon footprint of transport.

A portfolio spanning the globe

Thales has rolled out its SelTrac CBTC solution on 30 of the largest urban transport networks
in the world and has the best global portfolio in this field: Vancouver, New York, Santiago de
Chile, London, Paris, Dubai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Wuhan

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One of the most prestigious projects is the Dubai metro. Inaugurated in September 2009, it
covers 52 kilometres with the red line, to which 17.6 kilometres of the green line will be
added, due to open in 2011. It will become the largest CBTC driverless metro in the world.
The metro in Dubai is equipped with Thales' comprehensive range, comprising CBTC
signalling, ticketing, telecommunications and supervision.
Gabriel Colceag, Manager of Thales' urban signalling of transport systems explains: "With
this global approach, CBTC technology is becoming a core technology at the heart of the
transport system. From now on, it is a major global tool for the management of information,
communication, supervision and security systems that enables operators to transport their
passengers in a more efficient way.


Transport: Thales is strengthening its international presence

With major successes in 2010, such as the metros in Mecca, Shanghai and New
York, Thales has confirmed its status as international leader of transport systems.

The first national interoperable computer ticketing system developed by Thales in the
Netherlands has now been operational for a year.

Vlizy, 9 March 2011 - 2010 was an excellent year for Thales, seeing the company sign
large-scale contracts in the ground transportation sector. Its footprint has been
noticeably extended in both America and Asia in the area of urban transport.
"Thales is continuing to develop on an international scale from year to year, and 2010 was no
exception to this rule," explains Jean-Pierre Forestier, Thales Senior Vice President in
charge of Transportation Systems. "Factors such as growing urbanization, coupled with
people and governments showing a greater appreciation of ecological issues, are
encouraging the development of public ground transportation, particularly rail transport. In
this context, our goal is to position Thales as a leader in this sector, offering ever-more
reliable, efficient and innovative technologies, which will facilitate both the tasks of the
operator, as well as the customers experience. The new contracts won in 2010 across the
globe and the renewed trust of our long-term partners on other projects reinforce Thales's
ability to provide pertinent answers to these increasingly demanding needs".
Key contracts involving urban transport
In 2010 in the United States, Thales was chosen by MTA New York City Transit (NYCT), New
York's public transport network, to modernise with CBTC the signalling systems on the
Flushing Line. The seven year contract has an estimated worth of $343 million.
In Latin America, Thales has been chosen to perform signalling, supervision and ticketing of
the two metro lines being constructed in Panama and Santo Domingo. In Mexico, Thales has
won a new ticketing contract for bus line 3 (Bus Rapid Transit) in Mexico City.
The same applies to Europe. In France, the RATP has continued to place its trust in Thales,
entrusting the company with the supervision of lines 9, 10 and 12, in addition to lines 3, 5 and
13 in Paris. Within the scope of automating line 1, which is planned for 2012, the RATP has
chosen Thales to install a second operating station to enable signalling of one part of this
line. In Spain, Thales has signed a contract with the SEITT (Spanish government corporation
for the infrastructure of ground transportation), to modernise the security systems of the
tunnels in Tarrasa, Sabadell, as well as three sections in Barcelona. These tunnels are used
by suburban trains.
In Dubai, Thales has installed its 2nd parking station that is interoperable with the city's
transport network. It is equipped with Thales's WiLix system which allows a single payment
method to be used for fare tickets and parking tickets.
Another example of Thales's dynamic approach in the field of urban transport is
demonstrated in the signing of a joint venture agreement with Shanghai Electric Corporation
(SEC) and Shanghai Automation Instrumentation Co (SAIC) to create a company for urban


signalling systems. Focusing on the Chinese market, this alliance will enable CBTC
technology to be used on a wider scale in order to respond to the ever-increasing needs of
this market.

Successful commissioning within extremely short timeframes

2010 has also been marked by significant commissioning projects, evidencing Thales's ability
to install its systems successfully and within very tight deadlines.
One of the greatest successes of the year is the metro in Mecca, a project signed with China
Railway Construction Corp and implemented in just 21 months. Thales provided an
integrated solution comprising signalling, supervision and telecommunications. The metro
was opened as planned on the 2nd November 2010, just before the annual pilgrimage.
In South America, Thales has put extensions of lines 1 and 5 into service this year on the
Santiago metro in Chile, with supervision, traffic control and electronic interlocking systems
(LockTrac PMI).
On the Chinese market, the company has put two extensions of Wuhan line 1 into service
using Thales Seltrac CBTC solution, as well as extending line 3 of the Guangzhou metro.
In Norway, the town of Bergen has opened its new tramway equipped with Thales' complete
tramway management solution, the perfect balance between technological performance
(video surveillance, control and monitoring of traffic, integrated wifi, etc.) and energy savings
(lighting and other integrated components with low electricity consumption).
Thales's signature contactless ticketing is becoming increasingly attractive
Thales has consolidated its expertise in the area of contactless ticketing, by finalising
deployment of the first national ticketing system in the Netherlands, allowing transport users
to take the train, bus, tramways or metro anywhere in the country, using the same
contactless transport card. This ticketing system has been in operation for a year now and
has been extremely well-received by public transport users. To date, 9.5 million contactless
cards have been sold, generating 25 million transactions per week! This is why Dutch rail
transport company Nederlandse Spoorwegen ordered new gates this year that operate with
this technology, for 65 new Dutch railway stations.
The 2010 FIFA World Cup kick-off will take place in Johannesburg, a city where the new train
line Gautrain has just entered into operation.
Thales has delivered the automatic fare collection (AFC) solutions of the train line including
the equipment for vending, validating and controlling transport. Passengers are now able to
travel with a single transport card on the entire transport network, including 10 stations, 9 car
parks and 125 busses.
This year, Thales has also supplied automatic payment solutions by contactless card for
Singapore's Circle Line. The success of this launch again strengthens the strong relationship
of confidence the company has with Land Transport Authority, the city's transport operator
who has already chosen Thales to supply the North East line.


Thales's know-how dedicated to mainline networks

Originally designed for the European market, the ETCS standard (European Train Control
System) is gaining more and more ground across the globe. It enables an increased capacity
of lines, ensuring interoperability between national networks and different equipment
suppliers, all the while guaranteeing the safety of passengers and optimised operating costs.
Thales has also won a contract for supplying a Level 1 ETCS system designed for the
railway line in Gyeongchun in South Korea, a section spanning 80 km between Mangwoo
and Chuncheon.
Thales has also signed a contract with Austrian railway operator OBB, covering the
deployment of ETCS system level 2 on two national lines. The project comprises a 60 km
section of the west high-speed line and another line spanning 148 km on the Brenner route.
This project represents a major innovation in the field of train control in Austria.
In Slovakia, Thales is installing the ETCS system on board the passenger trains of Slovakian
railway operator ZSSK Passenger.
Within the framework of the modernization of the Algerian line connecting Ain Touta with M
Sila, the ANESRIF entrusted to Thales the study, the supply, the assembly and the
commissioning of the signaling systems, the telecommunications and the energy. The first
eight stations equipped with a computer system of new generation signaling system in
Algeria were delivered in 2010.
In Spain, the long-standing partnership with ADIF, the Spanish national railway network
management company, was solidified with the signing of 2 new contracts. Thales has been
able to rely on its many past successes, such as its various on-schedule accomplishments in
terms of the Madrid-Seville, Madrid-Toledo, Cordoba-Malaga, Madrid-Valladolid and LeridaBarcelona high-speed Spanish lines. Thales has won a 136 million contract for the delivery
of a complete signalling, supervision and telecommunications solution on the Orense/StJacques-de-Compostelle route, a section of the high-speed line that connects Madrid and
Galicia. The second was a 20 million contract for the implementation of a bidirectional
automatic block signal system between Aranjuez and Alcazar in San Juan, near Madrid.
In France, the SNCF has chosen Thales for the renovation of its communication network
TETRA. The unit put in place will use Thales's innovative DigiM@x technology, which will
allow the SNCF to operate an advanced secured mobile network for all lines and stations
across the Paris region before the end of the year.


Thales provides a transportation system to the Meccas Metro in time

for the Hajj pilgrimage
17 December 2010 - Thales met a significant challenge to open the first phase of the new
18 km heavy metro in time for Hajj. Muslims pilgrimage to Mecca is the largest annual
congregation in the world. Now in revenue service, the metro enables the transportation of
44.000 pilgrims between the holy sites within an hour and reduces the time to travel between
Arafat and Muzdalifah from five hours to 10 minutes ! This step follows on from the contract
signed in June 2009 with China Railway Construction Corp. (CRCC).
For this large and ambitious project, Thales has provided both the signaling solutions, with its
world-leading SelTrac Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) and a fully integrated
communications solution on a turnkey basis with a complete set of services including design,
integration, installation, testing and commissioning. The fully integrated communications
solution includes an operation control centre and an automatic information system for
The line is now operating in Automatic Train Protection mode ; the second phase of
driverless train control operation is scheduled for Hajj.
The metro services three main areas: Arafat, Mina and Muzdalifah ; each having three
stations. Thanks to Thales transportation system, the new metro will have the capacity to
move 72,000 passengers per hour.
Dr. Eng. Habib Zein Al Abideen, head & manager of MOMRA in charge of the metro project
for CRCC said: We have completed the Haj this year with great success and enabled
pilgrims to perform their Haj rituals with ease and comfort. We are very happy to benefit from
the state of art technologies from Thales and his strong expertise in public transport
After managing the security supervision of the holy sites, Thales is very proud to contribute
again to the improvement of the pilgrimage with this new metro, said Michelangelo Neri, VP
Thaless Civil Businesses in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The new transportation system
developed for Meccas metro concentrates all the state-of-the-art technologies both in the
fields of signalling and communications solutions.
This success reinforces Thaless strong presence in transport in the Middle East region that
includes the Dubai metro, Saudi Arabia North South Railways link, together with the Dubai
and Doha airports.



Jean-Pierre Forestier
Senior Vice President, Transport Systems Division
Jean-Pierre Forestier is a graduate of the Ecole suprieure dlectricit,
Suplec. He began his career at ONERA-CERT, notably as Director of the
Automation Division, before joining the Ministry of Research as Director of
the national research programme for Industrial Automation and Robotics.
In 1985, he joined Alcatel Alstom Research in Marcoussis, firstly as
Director of the Computer Science Department, then as Chairman and
CEO. In 1995, he became Managing Director of Alcatel Transport
Solutions Canada. In 1997, he was promoted to Director of Alcatels
Transport Solutions Division. From January 2007, he has managed the
Rail Signaling Solutions Business Line within Thaless Security Solutions
and Services Division. Since February 2010, Jean-Pierre Forestier has
been appointed Thales SVP in charge of the Transport Systems Division.

Gabriel Colceag
Vice President, Urban Rail Signalling, Transport Systems Division
Gabriel is a top graduate of the Aeronautical Faculty of the Polytechnic
Institute of Bucharest. He started his career as an aerospace engineer
specialized in avionics, flight control systems and communications, holding
progressively senior positions with Alcatel-Bell Space and Honeywell.
From 1996 to 2001, he joined the Transport Solutions division of Alcatel in
Canada, running several Engineering and Safety departments. From 2002
to 2004, based in Paris, managed the worldwide product portfolio and R&D
activities for both main line and urban rail signalling. From 2004 to 2007,
back to Toronto, Canada, became Vice President of Alcatel Transport
Solutions Inc., in charge of new technology projects for major operators of
CBTC systems around the world. From 2007 to 2010, he was General
Manager of Thales Rail Signalling and Thales Country Director for
Romania. Since March 2010, Vice-President of Thales in charge of the
Urban Rail Signalling business line of the Transport Systems Division.