Alstom has launched a new version of Mastria, its multimodal supervision and mobility orchestration solution, that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to provide operators and transport authorities with enhanced passenger flow management tools.
The solution aims to allow operators to adapt, easily and in real time, their offer to the various social distancing and public gathering requirements that have arisen due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new implementation of Mastria aggregates information on passenger demand from train weight sensors, ticketing machines, traffic signaling, management systems, surveillance cameras and mobile networks in order to offer a real-time picture of passenger flows. Mastria then processes the information and provides operators with the information and recommendations necessary to ensure and anticipate specified levels of occupation, as a percentage of maximum capacity, at all times. It can suggest increasing trains frequency, redistributing the flow of people to particular stations, readjustments to other transport systems that impact the subway, restricting entry to stations or even managing the distribution of passengers on the platform to align them with cars with more space on a given train.
The Panama Experience
Alstom implemented Mastria for Panama Metro at the end of last year. In only three months, localized saturation could be predicted up to 30 minutes before it could be visibly observed, thereby allowing remedial action that reduced waiting times in stations by 12%.
Mastria is based on four main standard functions: multimodal supervision, traffic management, coordination of operations and predictive analysis. These functions are highly configurable and can be combined according to the needs of operators and the global mobility network environment.
“To predict is to prevent,” said Stephane Feray-Beaumont, Vice President Innovation & Smart Mobility of Alstom Digital Mobility. “The ability of this tool to analyze millions of pieces data in real time makes it an indispensable ally for operators at all times, but especially in the current context. Simply put, it matches transport offer to demand, no matter the conditions. All experts agree that public transportation, and particularly rail, will continue to be the backbone of urban mobility. Artificial intelligence will be our best travel partner in this new era of mobility.”