Advances in technology have provided Rolling Stock Companies (ROSCOs) with the opportunity to improve the customer experience on modern trains. Seat-back advertising / entertainment and Mobile broadband provision are just two of the ideas that have emerged to improve the passenger environment and generate revenue for Train Operating Companies (TOCs). Amplicon has involvement in several areas of rolling stock automation, some of which are highlighted below:
Network enabling rolling stock
With most systems converging on an Ethernet and TCP/IP based infrastructure it is necessary to provide an Ethernet LAN on new and existing carriages. The Industrial Ethernet switches required to facilitate a reliable network must be ruggedised and meet associated rail standards such as EN50155 and EN50121-4. Amplicon can supply switches suited for use onboard trains and can provide many case studies highlighting previous successful installations from around the world. Our technical team can help with complex fault-tolerant architectures, EMC considerations, training and commissioning support.
With the advent of high speed internet access over the 3G mobile phone networks comes a great opportunity for TOCs (Train Operating Companies) to provide internet connectivity to otherwise unoccupied commuters. This allows rail travel to be sold as a mobile office experience and becomes a favourable alternative to travelling by road.
Provision of Mobile Broadband requires a cellular router with an external antenna communicating with 3G base-stations and an internal antenna providing Wifi coverage. Two-piece solutions comprising a cellular router and a separate rail-approved Wifi Access Point are sometimes used to give greater flexibility over the choice of hardware used.
Amplicon are experts in all areas of cellular connectivity - to understand more about the types of system we can build, please click here or call our technical sales team.
Amplicon regularly supply data acquisition devices such as data acquisition boards and Ethernet data acquisition modules along with Industrial computers for track geometry and ultrasound systems. Most of these systems are retrofitted to rolling stock hence need to be rugged, vibration-proof and meet stringent EMC requirements. Amplicon's Impact-E 150 computer has proved to be particularly popular for this type of application.