Hitachi Elevator plans to deploy technologies including artificial intelligence, cloud computing and Internet of Things (IoT) to provide China’s urban rail transit systems with the best in vertical transportation solutions.
The company said this as the Shanghai Metro Line 15 opened for trial operation. Hitachi has delivered its BPG series of public transportation escalators for this project.
In response to the characteristics of Shanghai Metro's traffic, with steep peaks and valleys in passenger flow, the escalators were designed with stronger component strength, as well as better drive and braking performance than industry standards, and are equipped with more than 30 safety devices capable of coping with the high demand and ensuring in all aspects the safety of passengers.
Shanghai Metro Line 15 starts at Gucun Park (the northern point) in Baoshan District, passes through Putuo, Changning and Xuhui districts, and ends at Zizhu High-Tech Industrial Development Park in Minhang District (the southern point). The 42-kilometre line runs its full length underground, stopping at 30 stations, 29 of which are open for trial operation at this time.
The line claims to feature the highest level of fully autonomous driving and is the longest (in terms of kilometres of track) ever in China to be opened for service in one go.
Hitachi Elevator provided 201 escalators for 14 of the stations along the line from Gubei Road to Gucun Park. The escalator producer will also supply the maintenance services.
To date, Hitachi Elevator products and services have been the choice of rail transit projects in 24 cities across China.