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The Metro Rides Huawei to the Future

2012/1/19 10:17:00

Background

A strong city requires a strong metro system

A well-developed public transport system is a crucial feature of a successful metropolitan infrastructure. As rapidly growing urban populations depend on expanding public transportation, many more cities have begun constructing metro transport systems.

Chongqing had plans for 10 metro lines, covering over 513 km. Over the next 5 years, Chongqing will complete 300 km of its metro system, with lines 1, 2, and 3 operational by 2015 and all six lines will be completed by 2020. Metro line 2 is the first rail transit line in southwest China, and also the first straddle-type monorail line in China.

Already underway, Phase 1 of metro line 6 covers 23.684 km, of which 16.816 km is underground, 6.822 km is elevated, and 0.046 km runs at ground level. A total of 16 stations — 12 underground and 4 elevated — will connect line 6 at an average interval of 1.514 km.

Challenges

System stability: The lifeline of the metro

The construction of a metro transport system is an extremely complex and lengthy process that requires a huge investment. As it is virtually impossible to make any changes once construction is completed, a solid and forward-looking plan is essential before the first section of track is laid. The communications system, the heart of a metro transport system, must be future-oriented, sophisticated, and stable.

The system must deliver a reliable, flexible, and scalable network platform for scheduling trains and enabling enterprise management, passenger services, and the transfer of information. The metro system requires an integrated digital communication network that is capable of transmitting voice, text, data, and image traffic. It must also incorporate a range of subsystems covering transport, public and dedicated telephony, wireless communications, closed cable television, broadcasting, clocks, integrated power supply, cable layout, vehicle-mounted video surveillance, an alarm system, a designated police frequency, and device management.

Solution

Huawei Network Solution supports the metro lines

Huawei developed an integrated communication and monitoring system for metro lines 1, 2, 3, and 6. The system coordinates all the distributed automated subsystems, enabling each to effectively interoperate with the others to share information and resources. Connecting to the Chongqing Transport Command Center through high-speed communication channels, the Huawei solution enables the Command Center to unify the management of metro line 6 with the other four lines to ensure efficient train operations, high-quality passenger services, and detect faults or provide help should any problems occur.

Huawei has developed reliable technologies to guarantee that the communication system operates stably. To date, the major devices have been operating successfully on metro or light rail lines for at least a year. The Huawei Network Solution implements a flat network architecture consisting of the core, aggregation, and access layers; the server zone; and the storage network.

The core layer utilizes Huawei’s high-performance Layer 3 switches to provide Layer 3 forwarding. These switches run routing protocols with the aggregation switches, and provide redundant links to improve network reliability. Key service servers and terminals directly connect to the core switches so that important services can be processed quickly and efficiently.

Benefits

Improved security is a crucial aspect of a city’s public transport system, and a key advantage of Huawei’s stable communications system which transmits O&M data quickly, accurately, and reliably. The network solution includes a range of security mechanisms to ensure maximum system protection.

The aggregation switches provide Layer 2 access for access devices and perform Layer 3 forwarding to aggregate traffic to the core layer. The aggregation switches adopt QinQ technology to deliver flexible access modes for terminals.

Layer 2 switches and WLAN devices are deployed at the access layer to provide wired and wireless access for various terminals. These devices support QinQ to implement a per user, per VLAN configuration that facilitates flexible terminal management.

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