Rail vehicle applications such as public address or track fault monitoring systems require position information, which is often delivered by GPS. But GPS might not always be available, for example in tunnels or valleys. Televic and Flanders Make profile a new vehicle positioning system suitable for these kinds of applications.
Aarhus is currently developing Denmark's inaugural light rail project which is on course to open in 2017 to coincide with the city becoming the year's European Capital of Culture. Kevin Smith took a trip to eastern Jutland to see how the project is progressing.
Trials of a new smartphone app developed by London digital product studio ustwo in partnership with the Royal London Society for Blind People Youth Forum have shown strong potential to transform station navigation for vision impaired passengers. Kevin Smith examines the concept.
Perpetuum, Britain, is utilising its patented vibration energy harvesting technology to power, collect and transfer wireless data from condition monitoring sensors fitted to rolling stock. This system is already delivering noticeable improvements in efficiency and reductions in train maintenance costs for several operators, as Justin Southcombe, Perpetuum's commercial director, explains.
The Satloc project has successfully demonstrated the application of global navigation satellite technology for use as part of a simplified train control system for low-traffic lines. Lucas Redding, software architect, standards, platform and portfolio, with Siemens Rail Automation UK, outlines the Satloc project, its achievements and benefits.
Britain's infrastructure manager Network Rail (NR) is undertaking the most comprehensive level crossing elimination and risk assessment programme in Europe. Kevin Smith asked Martin Gallagher, NR's head of level crossings, what the objective of this programme is, and what NR has already achieved.