Siemens WinCC OA has been selected to upgrade the SCADA system of the Heathrow rail link into the airport to increase reliability and availability. Passengers and staff using the rail link are set to benefit from Siemens technology, as part of a major upgrade project designed to optimise the efficiency of a transportation system first opened in 1998 to link the world’s busiest airport with Paddington station in central London.
Siemens’ industry-leading WinCC OA SCADA software platform has been selected as a critical element of a major upgrade project for the Heathrow rail Tunnel Control System (TCS) - a key management system that monitors and oversees passenger safety. It also controls a number of key subsystems for the airport’s transportation service.
The system integrator for the project is Siemens’ WinCC solution partner, Firstco. Its engineers will design, build and commission the new TCS solution, and the successful migration of all subsystems from the existing 2003 system. The project is anticipated to take 18 months.
Firstco has had a long standing relationship with Heathrow Airport for over 20 years and its proven track record in project delivery was a key element in securing the TCS upgrade project.
Mike Gray, Director at Firstco, comments: “Having worked with Siemens since 2013, and already delivered successful WinCC OA projects for the fire alarm management system at Heathrow, we are well placed to develop a high integrity software solution for the Heathrow rail link.
“The project is a substantial and complex challenge involving, among others, the control of tunnel lighting, tunnel smoke control and ventilation, traction power, lifts, escalators, CCTV, fire alarm, public address, train information displays, telephones and tunnel radio. These are all essential systems designed to keep the travelling public and employees safe, and the day-to-day operation of the rail services as efficient as possible.”
Daniel Smalley for Siemens added: “We are delighted to commence work with our solution partner Firstco on this exciting upgrade project for Heathrow. Our solution is proven to offer a scalable, innovative and open system for maximum transparency and performance. We’re looking forward to playing a leading role in building the capacity and efficiency of this important rail link.”