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Latvian Railways completes its largest IT system modernization project

Latvian Railways completes its largest IT system modernization project

Latvian Railways (Latvijas dzelzceļš, LDz) has completed the Data transmission network modernization in the East-West transport corridor project. According to LDz, this in the most modern data transmission network in Latvia and the largest IT system upgrading project in the history of the company.

The new data transmission network will be critical to ensuring both the safety and efficiency of rail traffic. These latest voice and technology communication solutions will reduce the number of breakdowns and downtime.

The total value of the project was EUR 14.2 million, of which EUR 8.8 million were co-financed by European Union Cohesion Fund, and EUR 5.4 million by LDz.

SMN-Belam-Fima consortium carried out the construction and installation work, and SIA Fabrum undertook the management and construction supervision contract. “I am really proud of the fact that we have built one of the most sophisticated data transmission, voice and operational communication systems in Europe”, stated Marks Kacs, Belam-Rīga CEO. 

Works included installation of more than 60 kilometers fibre optic cable, telecommunication equipment, setting up a new data transmission network and installation of a modern speaker system in stations at Liepaja and Ventspils. In stations and railway crossings were installed equipment to provide data rate of 10 Gb/s and network automatic switching to backup routes in case of system failuresMore than 5500 new data and telecommunications equipment were installed in 500 sites. 

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