Rail Computer Solutions
Adhering to stringent safety compliances are generally defacto to the meeting of rail applications – PC products frequently requiring pre-certifications of EN50155 / EN50121 and anti-vibration (compliant with MIL-STD 810F-514.5 C1, C2 and C3).
Some of the essential features you’ll find on our rail certified products:-
- Wide range DC (+110V) power input
- Multiple display interface connections (VGA, DVI-D, HDMI and LVDS)
- Anti-Vibration chassis design
- Robust M12 type I/O Connection (to resist) resist vibration and provide reliable connectivity in harsh environmental conditions
As is frequently the case, rail applications will typically need a level of customisation / configuration to be provided – particularly around the exacting of the key features needed for an appplication. BVM will not only look after the engineering to re-configure the product, but also take care of the required certifications of the product, too – utilising long standing partnerships with test houses here in the UK.
BVM not only provide systems applicable to the train cab, but also for rolling stock (certified to IEC 61373) and trackside systems, for example, for the assistance of rail safety for level crossings. Additionally, away from the PC side of things – we also provide thermal printer solutions for mobile or kiosk ticketing systems for station car parking and passenger ticketing, too.
Railway Embedded PC Systems available with Intel i3 / i5 / i7 / Celeron CPU’s. EN45545, EN50155 and EN50121-4 Certification. Suitable for demanding IIoT applications in the railway sector, including tasks like monitoring and controlling speed, temperature and security.
Rail Panel PCs
With rail certifications of EN45545, EN50155 and EN50121-4, Rail Panel PCs meet applications such as monitoring & controlling train speed, temperature and security & passenger infotainment updates – featuring high bright LED backlight (up to 1000 nits) display touchscreens to allow a train- operators to easily read any operational status messages, even under direct sunlight. Other features include display auto dimming and M12 lockable connectors to combat shock and vibration.
AI-based Transport Solutions
Artificial intelligence (AI) is being implemented in various industries to improve efficiency, reduce costs and enhance safety. One of the areas where AI is being extensively used is the transportation industry. AI-powered technologies such as autonomous vehicles, logistics and supply chain management and air transportation are being developed and implemented to optimize delivery schedules and routes, reduce transportation costs, improve delivery times, enhance safety and provide more personalized and efficient customer service. AI is expected to revolutionize the transportation industry and bring significant changes in how transportation systems work.
The Impact of Artificial Intelligence in Transportation and the SMART City
Here are a few examples of how artificial intelligence (AI) is being used in transportation and the smart city:
- Autonomous vehicles: AI is being used to enable vehicles, including cars, trucks, buses and drones to operate without human intervention. AI can be used to help these vehicles navigate, avoid obstacles and make decisions about routes and destinations for travelling efficiency.
- Traffic management: AI can be used to analyse data from sensors and other sources to optimise traffic flow and reduce congestion. This can include everything from adjusting traffic light timing to routing vehicles onto less congested roads.
- Public transportation: AI can be used to optimise routes and schedules for public transportation, such as buses and trains, improving efficiencies and reduce costs. AI can also be used to provide real-time information to passengers about delays, re-routing and other disruptions.
- Logistics and supply chain management: AI can be used to optimise the flow of goods through the supply chain, reducing waste and improving efficiency. This can include everything from routing trucks to identifying the most efficient warehouses for storing and distributing goods.
- Energy management: AI can be used to optimise energy use in buildings and other infrastructure, improving efficiencies and reducing costs. This can include everything from adjusting heating and cooling systems to managing the flow of electricity through a grid network.
- Environmental monitoring: AI can be used to monitor the environment and identify patterns and trends that may be relevant to public health or the environment. This can include everything from analysing air quality data to tracking the movements of wildlife.
The hardware required to support artificial intelligence (AI) can vary depending on the specific application and the type of AI being used. Some AI algorithms are computationally intensive and require powerful hardware to run effectively.
Deep learning algorithms, which are used for tasks such as image and speech recognition, typically require specialised hardware such as graphics processing units (GPUs) to run efficiently. GPUs are designed to perform the complex matrix calculations that are required for deep learning – and they can be much faster than traditional central processing units (CPUs) at these types of tasks.
Other types of AI, such as rule-based systems, may not require as much computational power and can be run on standard CPUs.
Case Study: Rail Communications – Custom Modem
Custom quad modem design for railway system communication. Low speed modem for multi-drop information flow in track side operation.
Case Study: Rail – Level Crossing Safety Systems
Here at BVM, we work on a wide range of projects, applying a range of expertise. Here we discuss our design and manufacture of a system PC, highlighting the challenge and our solution, plus much more.
OEM/ODM INDUSTRIAL AND EMBEDDED SYSTEM
DESIGN AND MANUFACTURING SERVICES
Whether we’re utilising our own manufacturing & production facilities here in Southampton – or our ecosystem of partners in Asia, BVM can cope with any size or complexity of batch manufacturing. Our production team are highly motivated with a flexible “can do” attitude ensuring consistent quality and on-time delivery.
Whether we’re designing a bespoke printed circuit board or a complete embedded system PC assembly, our ‘Design to Order’ process encompasses us producing prototypes for mechanical, electrical and thermal verification of the design. Additionally, environmental/extended temperature testing, EMC testing and functional tests (with your application software on board) are all part of the services that BVM provide in a products design so discrepancies can be identified & improved upon before your product is released for manufacture & marketing.
Our ‘Build to Order’ services are provided so our customers can concentrate on other immediate business needs. We only select components from reliable sources with long life time availability to ensure your product stays in production for its required life cycle – and remains on budget. Our procurement and production management team will provide you the advice and experience that you’ll need.
It’s relatively straightforward to get up and running with an embedded O/S, but to obtain a robust, optimised and secure operating system – a deeper understanding is required. Our own processes are proven – and we can provide you with guidance on how an implementation should be configured with consideration to the implications of using flash storage, write filters, resilience to attack and system recovery procedures.
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Our supporting team have all worked in industrial and embedded environments for a number of years, consequently providing knowledge, experience and good advice around all BVM’s products & services when and where you need it. We don’t profess to know everything you need at the time – but we’ll always help in the first instance and get back to you when a little more information is required.