The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has experienced many challenges due to old systems which may have also contributed to a significant number of train accidents.
Prasa has now turned to technology in the hopes of improving their services and in the process making trains safer and avoiding unnecessary accidents. Prasa issued a tender to enter a five-year contract, which will see its nationwide ICT network being replaced.
Prasa’s request for proposals has attracted significant interest from the ICT industry, resulting in over 200 queries from potential bidders.
Speaking about future improvements at Prasa, the chief executive said this, “We are building a rail system that is definitely going to be a world class system.” He added that Prasa is using “the latest technology” to frustrate would-be vandals. “Criminals know what to target … It is organised crime trying to destroy the networks.”
Prasa is pushing for the submission deadline to October 2021.
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