Sydney Ferries Corporation has awarded electronic systems provider Thales a $10 million contract to carry out a “world-class” upgrade of its aging fleet. The contract represents the third transport-related win that Thales has had in NSW – the other two being with RailCorp and with Downer EDI Rail (where Thales is a sub-contractor). The contract is for the provision of the Ferry Operations and Communications Information System (FOCIS). It is understood that this will be a fully integrated passenger information and vessel management system which will allow passengers to obtain real time vessel movement information to mobile devices.
Chris Jenkins, Thales Australia’s Managing Director, said in a statement that Thales is excited about FOCIS’ potential to revolutionise Sydney Ferries.
"Thales is pleased to be working with the NSW Government to enhance Sydney's public transport system. Thales's local capability and expertise ensures local deployment and ongoing support of FOCIS, and a close working relationship with Sydney Ferries. FOCIS leverages Thales's passenger information systems and technologies currently in place across multiple public transport modes around the world," he said in the release.
Sydney Ferries CEO Geoff Smith said FOCIS will provide customers with a “major technology boost” and “enhance the travelling experience”.
“FOCIS will provide our valuable customers with the information they need to make travelling with Sydney Ferries easy and hassle free,” he added
Thales predominantly serves the defence, aerospace and security markets. With Federal Government contracts worth $400 million, largely with the Defence Material Organisation (DMO), the NSW contract cements Thales’ place as a key supplier in the Australian public sector market.