Computer technology is often used to make transport and rail safer and more efficient. The police and emergency services are expected to have up to date information at all times for which they make use of computers. These computers must meet specific requirements if they are to work reliably. Businesses like Google which use cars to drive around and map surroundings also make use of computer technology. And transporters of dangerous substances use increasingly advanced technology to be able to get products to their clients ever faster and more safely.
Trains are increasingly used as a viable alternative to air travel. In order to offer clients comfort and ease of travel, computer systems are used in trains offering Internet or forms of Multimedia. The computer technology used for this has to meet the extremely strict EN 50155 regulations. Arcobel has built up a great deal of expertise both on and alongside the track and we can help you either select standard products or we can assist you with extensive customized development projects.
A new open standard for public transportation!
ITxPT was formed in 2013 by IT suppliers, vehicle manufacturers, Public Transport Operators (PTOs) and Authorities (PTAs), in order to develop an IT architecture based on agreed standards for digital communication on-board, over-the-air and to back-office/cloud services. Since then, the initiative has grown rapidly, both in terms of membership (there are now 102 member companies from 20 countries) and reach: ITxPT compliance is increasingly becoming a requirement in public tenders.
PTAs and PTOs acknowledge that choosing ITxPT-compliant vehicles, modules, units and services brings valuable benefits. A major upside is interoperability, which makes it possible to integrate systems and devices from different suppliers.
The benefits of scalability
With the open ITxPT architecture, the management and growth of a bus fleet becomes so much easier. For instance, it is possible to conduct a centralised installation from a back-office level. This means simplified routines for maintenance, update and upgrade of systems and devices. Investment, installation and maintenance costs are lower, and according to research conducted by one of the ITxPT Working Groups, ITxPT-compliant infrastructure allows for a 30 % cost reduction over a 5-year period.
Computer Hardware in public transportation
We delivered to a client active in public transportation in a large European city a diversity of hardware platforms. These systems are integrated in busses, trams and metro. Challenges like ignition control a readable display under all conditions are cases we successfully handled.
Systems in this area must be extremely compact due to lack of space and can handle shock, vibrations and temperature drops.
Besides delivering the right hardware we are there extension of their technical department. We help this customer to transform ideas into real solutions. We provide 1st and 2nd line technical support even on location.
Seat entertainment display EN50155 certified
For a railway company we developed together with our partners a multimedia seat entertain¬ment display unit. These units are situated in the first class coupes.
All equipment that used in commercial trains need to meet several international standards like IEC 60571, EN50155, EN 50121-3-2. We have the expertise and knowledge to accompany customer request.
We delivered to the customer 495 devices fully tested and ready to integrate in the train.
Wi-Fi in Trains
We have worked with various clients to provide them with access to Wi-Fi along high speed lines. The challenge with these products is to choose hardware that satisfies the strict EN50115 standard and that is reliable, compact and can be continued to be delivered for a long time (10 years).
We often use a mix of products from different suppliers.
Computers in Cars for Mapping Surroundings
For one of our clients who uses advanced camera technology to record their surroundings and subsequently offer this content via Google Street View, for example, we build customized, industrial computers. For this we select industrial motherboards and high performance storage so that the computer system is reliable and can do the work required of it.