Sydney Metro brings aboard Nokia, Siemens Mobility for new airport line

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Nokia is working with Siemens Mobility to deliver an IP/MPLS backbone communications network and cybersecurity solution for the new metro railway network in Sydney, Australia. 

The new Sydney Metro–Western Sydney Airport line will become the transport spine for Greater Western Sydney, connecting communities and travelers with the new Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport and the growing region.

The Nokia mission-critical communication network, which includes an IP/MPLS backbone network and data center fabric in conjunction with Nokia NetGuard Cybersecurity solution, will support robust secure applications such as CCTV for passenger safety, train-to-ground communications backhaul for in-station, on-board and trackside applications, along with the associated data centre and cloud networking.

In December 2022, the largest-ever public private partnership (PPP) contract in New South Wales was awarded to Parklife Metro for the Stations, Systems, Trains, Operations and Maintenance (SSTOM) work package.

The SSTOM project will deliver six new stations from St Marys, Orchard Hills, Luddenham, Airport Business Park, Airport Terminal and the new Aerotropolis; 12 new metro trains; and a stabling and maintenance facility to be built at Orchard Hills.

The complex security, performance and reliability requirements of new digital and legacy rail and passenger communications services will be served by the Nokia mission-critical IP/MPLS network, comprising a comprehensive suite of routers and switches. 

The Nokia NetGuard Cybersecurity solution will leverage the latest industry standards and technology innovations to ensure sensitive systems and data are protected from emerging threats, through capabilities such as multifactor authentication, automated endpoint detection and response, real-time alerts, and device authentication.

“The new data communications and cybersecurity solution will be vital to support both legacy and new digital passenger and rail communications services,” said Vijay Singh, project director at Siemens.  

Stuart Hendry, head of Nokia enterprise and partner sales for Asia Pacific, said that as the threat of cyberattacks on critical infrastructure continues to grow around the globe, it is vital that communications networks benefit from the highest level of data security. 

Hendry added that, working with Siemens Mobility, they can replicate the Sydney project for other metro rail programs.