Fully Automatic System
An APM, Automated People Mover, is a fully automatic system without drivers and usually moves along on a flat plane, which differentiates it from funicular railways. Unlike with automotive vehicles, the machinery and motor equipment are located remotely thanks to the rope. Thus, the APM is often described as “light metro” technology, in the sense that the infrastructure (viaduct, track structure, etc.) and installation are lighter and faster.
This guided mode of transport, with passenger carrier vehicles moving on their own tracks, is generally preferred for short connections of a few kilometres, with high demands regarding capacity and availability.
Whether it is for an urban context, an airport or a large private complex, our automated people movers are tailored to your needs to offer you the best possible performance.
From the feasibility study to construction and operation/maintenance, POMA supports you through every stage of the project.
APMs are mainly installed at airports to provide connections between terminals, or to allow for interconnection with another mode of transport or car park. This is one of the most demanding environments, as passengers need to travel quickly to catch their flight and avoid delays. With its high availability, an APM guarantees complete safety and peace of mind for its passengers.
In rapidly expanding towns and cities, getting to the centre is becoming increasingly complicated and the traffic more congested, so APMs are used provide a connection to the park-and-ride facilities outside the city.
They can also connect different levels or areas of the town, as is the case in Serfaus, where the APM serves 4 stations, going from a car park, passing through the centre, to a gondola lift.
Private and Industrial Applications
An APM can be installed on campuses, industrial complexes, at hotels, medical complexes, etc. to provide a fast connection between different buildings. This has notably been the case at the San Raffaele Hospital in Italy and the Huntsville Hospital in the United States.
des Automated People Mover POMA
The trains are fully automated to ensure safe operation and high availability. The trains, stations and driving equipment are all managed from a central control centre.
Automated trains have low-heat energy onboard; APMs use a medium-voltage system that therefore improves the level of safety. The fire risk on the trains is much lower.
• Extinguishers under the chairs in each passenger compartment,
• Emergency exits unlock manually,
• Emergency ventilation system,
• Emergency lighting,
• Smoke detector,
• Emergency communication system for passengers,
• Video surveillance camera,
• Automatic reopening of doors if an obstacle is detected by torque control
• It is always possible to recover a broken-down carrier at the next station, even in the event of a power failure thanks to redundant drives and the emergency drive.
• It is possible to evacuate to another train.
• The options and evacuation procedures are faster.
Automated trains only require a single, simplified maintenance programme focused on preventive maintenance
Predictive maintenance allows for high availability and ensures connections without traffic interruptions or the need for a replacement service.
• The APM in Cairo has posted an average availability of 99.75% since 2013.
• The APM in Miami has posted an average availability of 99.8% since 2016.
APMs may be equipped with individual carrier vehicles or interconnected carriers. The standard door size offers a 2000 mm clearance, and generally, each train has two sets of doors to ensure maximum passenger comfort and quick boarding.
There are 3 main types of passenger carrier:
• The M1 carrier: lightweight trains
• The W1 carrier: High-capacity trains with 1 access door on each side.
• The W2 carrier: High-capacity and longer trains with 2 access doors on each side.
Depending on the capacities of the whole system, the waiting time between two stations (headway), the length of the route and the route envisaged, the number of stations, etc., we will tailor the solution that is best suited to your needs.
If we take the W1 and M1 carrier standards, we are able to create unique APM designs, such as asymmetric carriers to optimise the use of a section of tunnel, or outdoor LED lighting.
Each train is designed to be accessible to passengers with reduced mobility:
• The horizontal and vertical gaps between the step and the boarding platform are reduced as far as possible.
• Large 2000 mm opening of the cabin door to allow access for passengers in wheelchairs or with prams
• Priority areas indicated in each compartment for passengers with reduced mobility
Automated People Movers are designed in accordance with European Funicular Railway standards or ASCE standards (US APM standards).
Composed of one or more carriages, APM trains operate on installations that vary depending on the project environment:
• On air cushions (Air Levitation). This Group innovation is at the cutting edge of technology: it causes hardly any vibrations and running noise, thus ensuring optimal passenger comfort,
• On metal wheels and rails (ideal solution for frosty and icy environments),
• On tyres on concrete or metallic beams
Over 30 years
An expert team
dedicated to building your APM
of over 99,5%
Hourly transport capacity
of up to 8,000 people
Speeds of up to
APM, FUNICULAR RAILWAY OR INCLINED ELEVATOR, WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES?
All our references
United States – Miami – 2016
Miami International Airport inaugurated its two APMs in 2016 and 2017. The two APM trains travel 375 m and carry up to 12,000 passengers per hour between the main terminal and terminal E.Read
Egypt – Cairo – 2012
The expanding Cairo International Airport, one of the largest in the Middle East, wanted a high-performance link to connect its three airport terminals and to provide access to the car parks and shopping centre. The specifications for the construction of the MiniMetro® were speed, silence, comfort, availability and also environmental considerations.Read