In December 2021, SICE successfully agreed to a new contract with Transport for NSW to upgrade its current SIDERA Operations Management and Control System (OMCS) at the St Helena Tunnel in Byron Bay (Tintenbar to Ewingsdale project). SICE will carry out the system upgrade while simultaneously continuing to provide support and maintenance services for the current system, installed in 2015.
TfNSW has agreed to extend its partnership with SICE to deliver the latest version of its commercial off-the-shelf OMCS solution SIDERA, an up-to-date version of the current St Helena Tunnel OMCS. The project scope goes from design to support and maintenance, covering the whole project lifecycle, including the configuration, testing and commissioning of the new OMCS. This upgrade also includes the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the hosting platform and other equipment required to replace some obsolete equipment in the Control Centre, such as switches, firewalls, or workstations.
The project works started in January 2022 and will be finalised by 2023. While completing the upgrade, SIDERA will continue operating and delivering safe road performance and functionality for thousands of motorists a day. Once completed, the St Helena tunnel will operate with the latest version of SIDERA, incorporating SICE’s latest innovation in the motorway and tunnel management space.
The new contract also includes the support and maintenance of the upgraded system for two years. This achievement strengthens SICE’s presence in the region and the opportunity to continue growing and consolidating its relationship with TfNSW.