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Live from Innotrans: Innovation Diary Day #3

Posted by Luke Upton on Sep 22, 2016

Nomad_Scaled.jpgWe may be three days into Innotrans, but the stories keep on coming, our Editor has been visiting some of the leading innovators at the show and has picked out some further highlights and announcements from another busy day in Berlin:

  • Quester Tangent confirms as a Qualified Vendor for New York City Transit Authority.
  • FLIR Announces FLIR RSX-F Thermal Fire Sensor for Rail Coaches.    
  • Vision Systems unveils a new concept of electronically dimmable windows that integrate interactive information displays.
  • Nomad Digital makes public Horizon, a new software platform that aims to transform the on-board rail passenger experience.
  • Rolls-Royce confirm they are to deliver 44 ultra-low emission MTU engines for Vossloh locomotives.
  • Finnish Transport Agency on track to the first bearer independent communication solution for railways in Europe. 

Quester Tangent confirms as a Qualified Vendor for New York City Transit Authority

Quester Tangent (QT) announced it is a qualified vendor for New York City Transit Authority (NYCT) for Monitoring & Diagnostics and Trainline Control & Networks for subway cars.

“This is great news. We are now well positioned to supply to NYCT, which represents 40% of the passenger rail market in North America,” said Stephen McKay, President and CEO of Quester Tangent.

This qualification is the result of QT equipment being installed on an operational subway train for a full year. The rigorous four-season demonstration helps NYCT ensure that the equipment they plan to purchase can operate reliably in the demanding New York City subway environment.

“Our first successful demonstration covering Monitoring & Diagnostics Systems and Trainline Control & Networks is complete and our next demo for Event Recorder Systems is well under way,” noted Dan Cumming, Director of Sales and Marketing at Quester Tangent. Learn more at Hall 4.1, Stand 427.

FLIR Announces FLIR RSX-F Thermal Fire Sensor for Rail Coaches

FLIR Systems, Inc. announced on Tuesday that the FLIR RSX-F intelligent sensor for advanced fire detection inside rail coaches. The FLIR RSX-F uses the FLIR Lepton® thermal sensor and high-definition visual imaging for fire and occupancy detection as well as CCTV monitoring.

The FLIR RSX-F uses a thermal sensor with on-board fire detection algorithms to detect a fire faster and more accurately than conventional methods. The FLIR RSX-F detects thermal energy emitted from objects within its field of view and sees through The FLIR RSX-Fsmoke. The dynamic video detection algorithms also determine the size, rate of temperature increase, and movement of a hot spot. This approach allows for lower false alarms by distinguishing hazardous events like cigarettes or lighters.

“The FLIR RSX-F sensor provides a significant new asset for train operators to improve safety,” Andy Teich, President and CEO of FLIR told SmartRail World. “By leveraging Lepton and advanced fire detection algorithms, the FLIR RSX-F provides train operators with a ‘sixth-sense’ to detect hot spots early and effectively to increase passenger safety.” Learn more in Hall 4.1, Stand 108

Live from Innotrans: Innovation Diary Day #2.

Nomad Digital announce Horizon, a new software platform set to transform on-board rail passenger experience (pictured at the top of the page).

Nomad Digital has announce Horizon; the next generation in mobile routing software that is set to transform the on-board WiFi experience for rail operators and their passengers around the world. Horizon is the result of extensive research into both passenger and rail operator requirements, including a detailed analysis of the behaviours of modern cellular networks and the underlying technologies that can deliver the most optimum wireless broadband experience on a train. It is a complete ground-up redesign and implementation of mobile routing functionality to fully exploit the capabilities of modern cellular networks now and in the future.

For train operators, the Horizon software platform has the potential to increase average throughput performance by up to 300%, and importantly has achieved an industry-leading performance of up to 900Mbps data throughput. Extensive bandwidth management (QoS) ensures that the operator has flexibility over the prioritisation and differentiation of service.

For on-board rail passengers, Horizon will deliver significantly higher aggregated broadband WiFi speeds to the train, and offers the potential for more sophisticated content to be delivered more quickly therefore improving the overall on-board experience for passengers.

Andrew Taylor, Nomad Digital Group CEO, said: “Since 2002, Nomad has pioneered the development and delivery of WiFi broadband on trains, and the announcement today of our new next-generation Horizon software platform, will create a significant step-change in performance for both our existing and new customers, and their passengers.” Find out more in Hall 4.1 at Stand 215

Live from InnoTrans: Innovation Diary Day #1.

Rolls-Royce to deliver 44 ultra-low emission MTU engines for Vossloh locomotives

Rolls-Royce has signed a letter of intent with Vossloh Locomotives GmbH for the delivery of 44 ultra-low emission MTU Series 4000 rail engines. The emission levels achieved by MTU’s 12V 4000 R84 engines are 50 per cent lower than the current EU Stage IIIB emission standard. They are to be used in Vossloh’s DE 18 diesel electric multi-purpose locomotives, which are to be supplied by Vossloh to the French leasing company Akiem S.A.S. The first engines are scheduled for delivery beginning in 2017. The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

Jürgen Blassmann, Head of Rail Business and Base Engineering MTU Engines, said: “The order from Vossloh shows that our Series 4000 rail engines are genuine all-rounders: they are powerful, are reliable even under the toughest conditions and at the same time environmentally friendly.” The 12-cylinder engines have a rated output of 1,800 kW and enable the locomotives to achieve a maximum speed of 120 km/h. Find out more in Hall 18, Stand 301

Vision Systems unveils a new concept of electronically dimmable windows that integrate interactive information displays.

Vision Systems has unveiled a new concept combining dimmable window and interactive display, Acti-Vision Window, making its first appearance in the Land transport market. It offers a dimmable solar protection solution as well as interactive maps, travel services and potential other content (safety instruction, surveys, meal/drink orders, etc.) all together integrated in the train window that can be controlled by the passenger through a transparent touchscreen incorporated into the glazing.

Vision Systems relies on its expertise in dimmable solutions and onboard entertainment systems to offer a cutting-edge interactive transparent train window that meets tomorrow’s challenges in terms of passenger experience.

Vision Systems unveils a new concept of electronically dimmable windows that integrate interactive information displays.

Electronically Dimmable Windows allow the passengers to instantly tune the tint of their window from clear to dark to regulate glare and heat entering the coach while preserving the view. They enhance visual and thermal comfort for a greater wellness atmosphere. They can be controlled individually directly at the seat, through a centralized control panel for car-wide master control, or automatically with integrated light sensors.

Moreover, they turn to dark when the train is stopped, keeping the interior cooler for low air-conditioning consumption. The electronics is integrated, which reduces maintenance and downtime. Finally, they are suitable for large flat or curved surfaces (2D, 3D) with different zones to be controlled independently, and are appropriate for retrofit. Learn more at Hall 1.1 Stand 504

Finnish Transport Agency on track to the first bearer independent communication solution for railways in Europe

As pre-announced in early June 2016, Frequentis was awarded the contract from the Finnish Transport Agency (FTA, in Finnish Liikennevirasto) to implement the first bearer independent communication solution for railway communication in Europe. The so called Unified Railway Communication and Application (URCA) fulfils FTA’s need for a cost saving transitional solution to the successor of GSM-R. By utilising TETRA and public mobile networks FTA takes the first step to the prospective Future Railway Mobile Communication System standard of the International Union of Railways (UIC).

With the Frequentis Unified Railway Communication and Application (URCA), Finnish railway users will be able to smoothly migrate communication from GSM-R to the governmentally administrated TETRA network VIRVE (short for 'Viranomaisradioverkko', i.e. radio network for authorities) as well as the public mobile networks for rail-specific operational communication services. These services include functional addressing, train list and location dependent addressing. This challenging project is planned to go live in late 2017.

The end-to-end solution is based on the Frequentis fixed terminal rail communication system FTS 3020 and will provide an entirely new set of options beyond GSM-R. The contract further includes voice recording and apps for public mobile phones – ninety fixed working positions will be deployed.

“The Frequentis solution will improve operational and cost efficiency, reduce complexity, accelerate the deployment of new services, and eliminate costs and concerns around training and acceptance. We can concentrate on solutions and applications instead of spending time and money for renewal of our own radio network only for railway communication”, highlights Markku Voutilainen, Senior Inspector Project Manager of Railway Communications at FTA. Learn more in Hall 4.1, Stand 318

 The perfect accompaniment for Innotrans - the 2017 Rail and Metro Innovation Guide. 

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