BtoB Rail caught up with Alicja Strzemieczna
Regional Sales Manager CEE Industrial IoT Advantech
Advantech, in partnership with railway operators and integrators worldwide, has dedicated resources to design and develop new products for reliable and cost-effective railway systems. These products support rolling stock, automatic train supervision, signalling, backbone networks and more. The company’s mission is to enable intelligent railway systems, a goal which simultaneously helps fulfil the Advantech vision of creating and delivering smart technologies.
Rolling stock, for example, is a major area of application when it comes to railway intelligence, embracing smart systems for passenger information, passenger infotainment, in-train surveillance and vehicle monitoring.
Passenger information systems (PIS) make use of different panel types and must function clearly in various lighting environments. Effective redundancy is also necessary to ensure reliable and uninterrupted operation. Advantech is a popular choice in these applications thanks to solutions like its ITA-5831 on-board modular PIDS controller and ARS-P2800 28” fan-less display panel PC.
Among recent takers is Australia's New South Wales Railway (NSW TrainLink), where two ITA-5831s now support the PIS in each train. The system connects to the strip displays and adopts a dual-host automatic back-up mechanism. When one host fails, the system automatically enables the back-up host, thereby ensuring continuous information display.