Indra deploys its Horus system to manage the longest road tunnel in southeast Asia


Spanish transport technology and systems integrator Indra has equipped the longest road tunnel in southeast Asia with its Horus management system, offering operators real-time vision to reduce the risk of incidents and speed up response should they occur.

Indra has deployed its Horus system for the Chenani road tunnel in India, which connects the cities of Jammu and Srinagar through an area that experiences frequent avalanches and complex weather conditions, reducing the overall journey along National Road 44 by two hours. Indra has installed its smart technology in the 5.7 mile-long (9.2km) tunnel’s control center for €6.5m (US$7.4m).

The company has been in charge of the design, development, implementation and launch of the tunnel’s entire management system, based on its proprietary Horus technology, which facilitates maximum operability and efficiency in the infrastructure’s operation, while providing users with maximum security.

The tunnel has been designed, built and operated by IL&FS Transportation Networks, India’s largest road toll company, which has combined state-of-the-art tunneling technology with smart systems, with the aim of making the tunnel the safest in Asia.

Indra’s Horus platform enables the centralized and integrated management of the various intelligent traffic systems (ITS) and security systems that have been deployed in the tunnel and guarantees compliance with the highest international quality and security standards. The company has installed automatic incident detection (AID), CCTV video surveillance, traffic control, signaling, fire detection, access control and emergency call systems, as well as other sub-systems that have been supplied by local companies, such as lighting, ventilation, communication and energy systems, which are integrated into Horus.

The Horus platform allows the tunnel’s operators to monitor the status of the road at all times and obtain real-time information for decision-making purposes. The high level of automation provided by the Horus system allows the speedy and accurate management of everything that happens in the tunnel, both for routine management purposes, and during emergency situations. The system also offers real-time information to drivers and delivers optimal security and service quality, which helps to reduce the risk of incidents and optimizes the use of resources should they occur.

With this project, Indra has reinforced its position in India, where it has equipped different highways with its traffic management and toll systems, and is the leading provider of air traffic management technology, as well as metro, monorail and ticketing systems.

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