Alcatel-Lucent has partnered with France-based public transport operator RATP to provide broadband communications services on Line 1 of the Paris Métro.

Under the deal Alcatel-Lucent will provide real-time video train control systems, which will allow video surveillance and operational data transfer between trains and the control centre.

Alcatel-Lucent France chairman and CEO Pascal Homsy said: "Alcatel-Lucent has a long history of delivering secure communications solutions for the métro eenvironment and they will be able to provide a highly efficient solution to transform RATP’s network and deploy it without disrupting daily operation."

The company will also deliver a complete end-to-end integrated system with Wi-Fi coverage over 18km of track for Line 1 of the Paris Métro system including design and integration.

In addition, Alcatel-Lucent will provide an onboard interface connecting all subsystems including video-surveillance cameras and multimedia screens located in train carriages.

A new ground-to-train data transfer system (Transmission de Données Sol Train or TDST) will be provided by Alcatel-Lucent, allowing real-time monitoring of the flow of data between the driverless trains and central control.

The company will install twin cameras at the front and back of each train provide real-time video control to the center, while video surveillance streamed in real-time from the cameras inside each metro car enhances passenger security.

The system includes passenger information services, including onboard TV programmes, advertising and updates for travellers and visitors to Paris.

In addition, TDST provides immediate notification of maintenance requirements, reducing response and repair time.

The installation of this communications solution is expected to enhance safety, passenger experience and optimise operations and maintenance efficiency.

RATP is carrying out the project to transform Métro Line 1 into a fully automated driverless system.

Line 1 on the Paris subway system runs from Château de Vincennes in south-east Paris to La Défense, accommodating an average of 7.25 million passengers every day.

Paris Métro Line 1 also serves tourist destinations such as the Louvre museum.

Recently, RATP launched the first driverless trains on Métro Line 1 as part of a €600m automation project.

The project also involved setting up driverless trains and an operations control centre, and installing 954 half-height platform screen doors with CCTV and new communications systems.

Siemens has provided its Trainguard MT CBTC solution and control centre, which controls train movements, and 954 platform screen doors for each of the line’s platforms under a contract signed in 2005, while Alstom has provided 53 MP05 six-car trainsets.

RATP is planning to run the mixed rail with manual driver trains and driverless trains by 2013.