SINGAPORE: PCCW Solutions and the Strides Engineering subsidiary of metro operator SMRT Trains are to jointly market their Track Access Management System software for automating track access allocations when planning engineering and maintenance works.

TAMS replaces labour intensive manual processes, and provides real-time updates of allocation status with end-to-end visibility of workflows and built-in safety rules which undertake conflict checks on each scheduled track access request.

SMRT estimates that implementation of TAMS on two lines has saved it 30 000 person-h/year, with the North-South Line achieving more than 1·3 million mean km between failure last year and the East-West Line more than 1·4 million MKBF. Deployment is now underway on the Circle Line and Bukit Panjang Light Rail Transit network and at six depots.

‘Our collaboration with PCCW Solutions has been very fruitful in developing and honing TAMS to a high level of operational efficiency’, said Strides Engineering President Gan Boon Jin on August 16. ’It is a field-tested digital solution that has provided a great boost to SMRT’s productivity and safety in rail operations and maintenance. We are excited to extend the collaboration with PCCW Solutions to bring the benefits of TAMS to other train operators in the region.’

SMRT Trains President Lam Sheau Kai said TAMS ‘exemplifies SMRT’s commitment to Kaizen culture for continual improvements in the operations and maintenance of rail lines for high rail reliability’.