Thales is a French Industrial company and a global leader in high technologies providing critical information systems in the fields of defense, security, space, aviation, and major land transport infrastructures. As a key contributor to client nations sovereignty and security, Thales offers its products to customers composed of governments, public entities and major private operators of transport, communications and other critical infrastructures.
Thales headquarters are in Paris (Neuilly-sur-Seine). World-class technologies and the combined expertise of 65,000 employees in 56 locally based country operations make Thales a key player in assuring the security of citizens, infrastructure and nations all around the world. In 2012, Thales generated €14,2 billion revenues.
Thales VivaCity: Solutions for the Smart City
World leader in Transport and Security systems, Thales has built an established presence within urban markets, including road, rail, tram, ticketing, passenger-information, supervision and control systems. Now, Thales VivaCity takes city integration to the next stage, with solutions for the smart city that deliver even greater synergies by leveraging concepts such as interoperability, connectivity, and the widespread availability of data. The approach offered by Thales VivaCity is to work together, with city authorities and operators, and implement individually tailored solutions for the smart city, that put the citizen first, drive citizen engagement, enable informed choices, and provide a better quality of life.
Thales VivaMobility builds on today’s multi-modal transport systems to provide an expanding range of passenger services including reservation, travel information, multi-modal ticketing and route choices, updated in real-time and able to be delivered to any connected device including smart-phone or tablet. Innovations in automatic train control enable measurable reductions in power consumption and emissions, and the automated adjustment of capacity to match peaks in passenger demand. When cars are the only option, free-flow road tolling, and automated traffic control enables traffic flow to be smoothed out throughout the city which results in measurably lower journey times. Smart Cities can deliver a seamless integrated transport policy that blurs the boundary between public and private, and which enables greater use of transport modes such as car sharing, ad-hoc cycle hire and use of publicly available electric vehicles.
Thales VivaSecurity provides a multi-agency crisis management and control capability, where city authorities effectively coordinate emergency services and civil security forces to efficiently manage their emergency and disaster response. Citizens feel safer, and more secure. This citizen centric approach to security has been proven to deliver a measurable reduction in crime, by as much as 35%, since deployment. Furthermore, bringing together city security agencies with transport authorities, within a single operational control environment, offers an advanced approach to safety and security. Leveraging recent advances in public transport and traffic video surveillance, and passenger or public information announcement systems, provides the ability to effectively address all safety and security aspects of large event management.
A key enabler for delivering Smart City benefits is the ability to harness the power of data through advances in data mining. Analysis of all the data made available by closed integration of transport and security systems allows operators and administrators to better plan, operationally and strategically, for the future development of the city.
Based on all these city wide connected assets, and the emergence of next generation technology, Thales now offers fully open and interoperable city systems, that provide an urban environment where citizens can travel easily using private or public transport, in cities where they feel safer, in a more eco-friendly environment.