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How Leading Transportation Services Company Realizes Greater System Performance and Stability With SPARC and Solaris

Eric Reid
Principal Software Engineer


Thales is a multinational company that designs and builds electrical systems and provides services for the aerospace, defense, transportation and security markets. As a leader in cutting-edge urban transportation technology, Thales has already delivered numerous metro projects in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Japan and Mainland China.

Recently Oracle and Thales worked together to port the Thales’ SCADAsoft COTS 5.3 and Hypervisor COT 9.0 from Windows to Oracle Solaris 11.2 on SPARC T5 servers.  The primary drivers of this move to SPARC Solaris were improved performance and greater system stability.  Oracle Solaris 11 delivers an integrated cloud platform with industry-leading virtualization for Thales.

Thales SCADAsoft is at the heart of any Thales supervision project for transportation, energy or any critical infrastructures. The software is designed to meet hands-on supervisory requirements for the public transport sector, where it enables the operator to focus on the security, safety and comfort of passengers. SCADAsoft encompasses all aspects of the operations ranging from Automatic Train Supervision and Access Control to Public Address, Information and CCTV surveillance.

Thales Hypervisor is an innovative, intelligent and modular integrated solution designed for real time security and operation management of complex infrastructure (airports, energy and utilities, defense sites and government premises), transportation systems (including urban rail, main lines and roads) and cities urban security and the protection of massive public gatherings.

With both SCADAsoft and Hypervisor being ported and tested, Thales successfully delivered the Guangzhou Metro line 7 project (serving China's Guangdong province), enabling seamless supervision and operation management.

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