Nazaré is a Portuguese town in the Leiria's district with around 10,300 inhabitants.

The town brings together three old settlements, Pedreneira, Sítio and Praia, and new neighborhoods from the second half of the 20th century.

The difficulties of accessing the site have always conditioned its development. In order to serve the interests of the population and make it easier for pilgrims to reach Senhora da Nazaré, the elevator was built at the end of the 19th century. Considered to be one of the best initiatives in the town's history, it increased the growth of the Sítio and boosted the connection to the beach.
Final project: Nazaré elevator rehabilitation
Sector: Transport
Highlight product: Anybus Wireless Bridge - HMS
Final client: Câmara Municipal da Nazaré
Integrator: Paulo & Castro - Sociedade de Montagens Eléctricas, Lda
In 1963 it was sold to the Nazaré City Council, which became responsible for the use and maintenance of this means of transport. In 2001, the old carriages were replaced by new, more modern, comfortable and safer carriages. However, the systems still needed to be modernized to make them more reliable and safer. The challenge was to make this implementation based on existing mechanical systems.

Several brands were used for the final solution, including Anybus - HMS, Mitsubishi Electric for all the automation and SICK for the main safety functions, recognized worldwide for their highly reliable products and solutions for automation systems.

Two access points and two wireless bridge gateways were placed outside the elevator to ensure communications between the automation systems and the control room. These communication systems guarantee the redundancy of the wireless communication system and thus ensure the transmission of data vital to the operation of the elevator.

The modernization of the communication and automation systems with the old mechanics of the elevator was the great challenge of the whole project, and its completion was a success both for all those involved and for all users and operators in their daily lives.
"This intervention met what we wanted, in other words, it succeeded in achieving the objectives we were aiming for.

We now have a system that is more effective and safer. We have been able to monitor, in real time, what equipment is actually in operation, both in the control system and in the vehicles.

Above all, it is important to say that the process is not closed, but we are at a much higher level than we were a few years ago.”


Orlando Rodrigues
Councillor of Nazaré City Council

HMS Industrial Networks is a manufacturer specializing in industrial communication products, which develops and manufactures solutions for connecting devices and automation systems. Headquartered in Halmstad, Sweden, it is present in more than 50 countries and has been collaborating with F.Fonseca since 2009.
HMS sells products under the following brands:
  • Anybus® - Multi-network connectivity in fieldbus and industrial Ethernet;
  • IXXAT® - Communication solutions for machinery, safety and automotive;
  • Netbiter® and eWON® - Remote management of industrial equipment;
  • Intesis - Gateways for Technical Management in Buildings and Home Automation.
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Mitsubishi Electric is one of the world's leading manufacturers of products and solutions based on electrical and electronic engineering. The company operates in more than 120 countries, in the areas of aerospace, semiconductors, power generation and distribution, communications and information technology, consumer electronics, industrial automation and construction services.
Technological progress is the engine of change in modern life. For over 90 years, Mitsubishi Electric has been contributing to this process with cutting-edge technology, innovation and high-quality products. With F.Fonseca since 1992. see products

SICK is one of the world's leading manufacturers of sensors and sensor solutions for industrial applications.

Founded in 1946 by Dr.-Ing. H.C. Erwin Sick, the Waldkirch/Germany-based company is among the market leaders. With more than 50 subsidiaries and equity investments, as well as several agencies, SICK maintains a worldwide presence. In the fiscal year 2020 it had more than 10,433 employees worldwide and achieved Group sales of around 1.7 billion euros.

From factory automation to logistics and process automation, SICK is one of the leading sensor manufacturers. With technology and market leadership, SICK's sensors and application solutions for industrial use create the perfect basis for reliable and efficient process control, for protecting people from accidents and for preventing environmental damage. see products
"We went one step further and came up with an innovative and reliable solution."


Paulo Castro
Paulo & Castro - Sociedade de Montagens Eléctricas, Lda.
"We went one step further and came up with an innovative and reliable solution."


Paulo Castro
Paulo & Castro - Sociedade de Montagens Eléctricas, Lda.


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