The tunnels were the great challenges in
the process of infrastructure renewal in Spain. From this
moment, SICE has not stopped working on the installation and control of
tunnel and ITS systems, for clients such as the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda.
of SICE in this area, among which
found the Malmasín and Somosierra tunnels, consisted of the
installation of lighting, ventilation and signaling systems
variable aimed at guaranteeing the safety of users in the
In these first years, the updating of the regulations of
Security was frequent, prompting the company to stay ahead of the curve.
cutting edge of technology and to propose new solutions capable of
adapt to the needs of each client.
The year 2001
marked a before and after in the systems
of tunnel management and control: a fire in the highway tunnel of
Mont Blanc in March caused 36 deaths and in October of the same year, two
Trucks collided in the Gotthard tunnel causing a fire
with 11 deaths.
Regulations began to change and countries became very
rigorous, not only in the type of equipment they required,
but there was also a lot of emphasis on exploitation (“how to act
in case of incident").
What until then
it was a basic control system,
evolved into a decision support system that could
operate automatically or semi-automatically, guiding the operator to
when managing incidents in a coordinated manner with all
actors involved: maintenance teams, firefighters, police,
Software and paradigm shifts
SIDERA, evolution of the previous system
SCA was the software application that changed the paradigm, and was applied
both to tunnels and to “open sky” ITS systems.
The SICE software department, which in
In 1996 it had just six workers, it has become today
in one of the keys to the service, growing above 250
In this time, the company has undertaken a large number of
increasingly complex tunnel projects. Among them, stands out the
Madrid urban tunnel project, which in 2002 marked the
centralization of 4 tunnels through the corporate IP network of the
City Hall, including video, audio and data and innovating in the
Automatic incident detection through video. From that date
SICE continued equipping and installing the rest of the urban tunnels of
Madrid, currently maintaining all of them.
Security and intelligent management
And optimized infrastructure has
has always been the main objective of SICE. Projects like Madrid
30th Street, Waterview Tunnel (New Zealand), Port of Tunnel
Miami (USA), the Madeira Tunnels (Portugal) and the tunnels of
Westconex and West Gate (Australia), among others, join the more than
150 references of tunnels controlled by SIDERA that SICE accumulates, and
which total more than 400 km of tunnels and nearly 3,000 km of ITS systems to
open sky on the 5 continents.