Urbalis Fluence is the first vehicle-centric CBTC. For the first time most routing and interlocking functions are efficiently built into the train. This architecture reduces equipment down to 20 percent and eliminates the need for the traditional split into separate automatic train control and interlocking sub-systems. In addition, Urbalis Fluence is innovative in its use of direct train-to-train communication. The train registers only the track resources it requires to optimise traffic fluidity and communicate with other train much more quickly, leading to headways reduced from three minutes to only one.
With intervals reduced, Urbalis Fluence increases transport capacity and decreases saturation. With more trains, crowding is less frequent; waiting periods at stations and travel time are shorter making the journey much more enjoyable for passengers. Furthermore, the new solution offers higher operation availability (24/7 operations) with extreme flexibility of train movements.
Therefore in the event of incidents such as a station closure or a point failure, the solution allows the train to move back to the previous station or bypass the failed point. Passengers are no longer blocked between stations. Additionally, Urbalis optimises train operations as it enables it to plan its speed according to each situation during the day, allowing 30 percent energy savings. In terms of safety, the new solution meets with the highest standards of safety assurance recommended by official authorities.
The system can be installed on standard and elevated metro lines, metro-trams and automated light transit systems. Urbalis Fluence provides the performance needed for heavy ridership exceeding 1 million passengers per day as well as smaller ones of 10,000 passengers a day. It applies to manual and automatic train operations, and new and older lines alike. It takes less than 24 months to implement the system.