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Germany is celebrating the silver jubilee of the country’s first automated people mover system SkyLine which has turned 25 years on October 25.
Frankfurt International Airport’s Bombardier-built automated people mover system SkyLine was installed on 25th October 1994 and since then it has been providing seamless mobility service for the airport passengers.
Frankfurt International Airport is Germany’s one of the busiest airports which handle around 65 million passengers every year. On October 25th, the Airport team celebrated its 25th year of continuous operation in the country.
To accommodate this spike in traffic, Frankfurt International Airport had selected the BOMBARDIER INNOVIA 100 automated people mover system (APM) to connect Terminal 1 with the newly opened Terminal 2.
The SkyLine is a fully-automated people mover system based on the INNOVIA APM 100 automated people mover system of Bombardier Transportation. The SkyLine, which is already in service in some of the world’s busiest and largest airports, is a proven passenger mobility solution that provides safe, swift and seamless connectivity between the airport’s two existing terminals.
The 3.8 km system with 4 stations is highly efficient and automated operation at 52 km/h means passengers need only wait 90 seconds between trains during peak hours with a slightly longer wait of around five minutes during slower times. This reliable and frequent service means any one of the system’s 1,300 hourly passengers can easily make their connecting flight in the next terminal with plenty of spare time to grab a coffee or a quick bite to eat.
Safe on the ground
The SkyLine uses Automatic Train Control (ATC) technology for operational and passenger safety. ATC systems ensure that the train maintains safe speeds and manages the doors so passengers can’t wander onto the tracks or slip between the gap between car and platform.
A Bombardier Services team keeps the entire system running smoothly – nearly 50 committed employees, some of whom have been with the system since day one. As both the manufacturer and maintainer, Bombardier’s complete system operations and maintenance program has optimized the SkyLine’s performance, quickly detecting and correcting operational issues before they can impact service.
Proven technology for driverless operation
The SkyLine’s driverless operation is managed by the proven BOMBARDIER CITYFLO 550 fixed block solution. Designed for operational integrity, CITYFLO 550 is a dual-channel, cross-checked, solid-state interlocking computer system. This redundant setup carries out essential route interlocking functions, including track switch control, ensuring safe headways between trains by using speed-command generation.
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