The creation of a modern mass transit system, no matter what the mode of transport,
calls for a huge financial investment. However, it has the very real potential
to transform the performance of entire economies, boost regional development,
ease inner city congestion and revitalise whole societies.
By their very nature, mass transit systems are complex and are dependant upon the reliability and safety of the particular means of transport, whether that is rail network rolling stock, bus or coach fleets, trams or light rail systems. They also require increasingly sophisticated control and communication infrastructures to enable them to deliver consistently the service levels expected by their customers.
Fire is a major and ever-present challenge, the more so because engine compartments
and control equipment cabinets and enclosures present unique fire suppression
challenges. These "micro-environments" need dedicated, automatic detection
and suppression that is fast to respond, stopping a fire at its source and before
it has had time to take hold.