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Interoperability for transportation systems

Kontron (Germany) has announced its Trace HMID104-CK, an EN50155-certified fan-less operational panel PC display. Specifically designed for transportation systems, the touch-screen HMI offers a flexible building block platform.

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THE PANEL PC ENABLES DEVELOPERS OF TRAIN CONTROL SYSTEMS to adapt functionality to different needs such as train functionality operational displays for drivers, passenger information displays, and onboard computers. Moreover, the PC delivers a unified architecture approach with the Trace family of products, enabling interoperability.

All Kontron’s Trace transportation computing platforms integrate health management capabilities. The built-in solution provides a modular and scalable set of uniform test routines to assess the health status and configuration of the complete system. Equipped with a dedicated micro-controller and sensors to monitor vital functions, the health management continuously monitors and reports the status of the system while running normal operations. The result is enhanced security along with improved diagnostics and the ability to do preventative maintenance for remote fleet management.

Controlling the health management features can be done either locally or remotely through the Internet. This enables operators to reduce maintenance and possession costs from preventive maintenance and the ability to optimize logistics management.

Based on Kontron’s COM Express Computer-on-Module (COM) integrating the Intel Atom E3845 processor, the panel offers processing performance at a low power consumption providing a high performance per watt ratio. Delivering a rugged design with IP65, the complete system is EN50155 Class Tx certified and supports extended temperature operation (-40 °C to +70 °C) ensuring safe deployment in trains, trams, and underground vehicles. The fan-less and maintenance-free driver console features a capacitive-touch 10,4-inch TFT display with anti-vandal glass along with an UIC612 keyboard. Resistive touch screen and/or no-keyboard variants are also available on demand.

The panel PC offers multiple interfaces including two gigabit Ethernet ports and optional serial interfaces, USB ports, audio and GPIOs as well as optional support for fieldbuses such as CANopen. It also features I/Os (3 MiniPCIe slots) and power supply from 24 VDC to 110 VDC. In addition, the HMI has a soldered 2 GiB DDR3 ECC system memory and an on-board high reliability 8 GiB SLC solid state drive as well as embedded Linux or WES8 operating systems. The HMI matches long-term program lifecycle needs of 20 years or more with high availability and MTBF (mean time between failures), says the company.

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