Malaysian system enhances safety of rail transport globally

26 Dec 2018 / 15:45 H.

PETALING JAYA: Azti Technology Sdn Bhd, a Malaysian technology company was one of the seven companies selected to showcase its innovative Platform Intrusion Emergency Stop systems (PIES) at the recent MiGHT Consultation 2018.

Themed “Riding the Next Wave of High Technology”, the consultation was officiated by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who is the patron of MiGHT (Malaysian Industry-Government Group for High Technology).

It was to mark MiGHT’s 25 years anniversary.

At the closed-door discussion with more than 50 industry leaders, Azti Technology showcased its flagship technology, an actual full-scale PIES which has recently been installed at the Ampang-line Light Rail Transit (LRT) totalling 36 stations.

Similar systems have also been installed at Kelana Jaya line LRT for 32 stations in 1998. A further 20 stations will be equipped with the PIES system for the upcoming Prasarana LRT3 Project.

“PIES is the first and only Malaysian-owned railway system product that has been internationally certified and patented globally,“ Azti Group CEO Lian Wah Seng said.

“The unique platform safety system works by signalling the Automatic Train Control to stop the train when intrusion is detected.

“On April 19, a railway tragedy was averted and a woman was saved when PIES was able to immediately stop the approaching train when the impact of the four-month pregnant woman who fainted and fell on the track was detected.

“The incident occurred at the Damai LRT Station in Kuala Lumpur, which is part of the Kelana Jaya LRT line where the PIES system is installed.”

The rescue team from the Fire and Rescue Department and medics reached the location soon after the incident, and took about seven minutes to rescue the victim. The Kelana Jaya LRT line was cleared to resume operations in less than half an hour.”

Besides helping to save many lives since it started operations in the last 17 years, the system is also serving the public well as a cost-effective metro rail system with ridership exceeding 500,000 per day, Lian said.

“Since 2014, we have spent more than RM8 million to enhance the system. PIES is now at Version 3 and is internationally certified with Safety Integrity Level 2 (SIL2) and fully compliant to all international EN standard,“ he said.

“Being the first Malaysian company to be qualified for SIL2, AZTI Group is now poised to become a global player in the Rail Industry, bringing its technology internationally to Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong.