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Standards-Based, Certified Solutions Support Reliable Transportation Systems
Kontron's in-depth knowledge of local and international standards and requirements simplifies application development by ensuring validated solutions. Developing, engineering, certifying and manufacturing through a single source guarantee the highest quality and ensure that standards such as ISO9001, EN50155, SIL4, etc. are adhered to strictly. Regular audit checks constantly secure the quality of all parts.
Kontron has received its IRIS certification for the activity of design, development and manufacturing of embedded computer boards and systems for real-time applications. The scope of certification includes propulsion and on board vehicle control as well as passenger information systems, communication systems and single railway components. Customers who integrate Kontron products thus have now also the official certification of the UNIFE that they partner with a high quality and reliable supplier.
Customers benefit from the reliability and long-term availability of Kontron’s wide product portfolio of certified solutions. Transportation OEMs minimize design risk and reduce total cost of ownership, getting to market fast with high quality standards-based solutions.
Kontron has been involved in many high-profile embedded transportation projects including:
Computer Platforms for Transportation » Train Management » Vital Train Control » Interlocking » Control Center » Video Surveillance » Infotainment
AMC/MicroTCA, CompactPCI, CompactPCI serial, VPX and VME products at a glance
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Pico-ITX 2.5", Mini-ITX to full size ATX, PC/104, Computer-on-Modules
Streamlined Performance, Extended Reliability and Improved Passenger Experience are Driving Factors in Embedded Transportation Design
Meet Reliability and Longevity Requirements with Off-the-Shelf Hardware
Freescale Semiconductor, Inc. (NYSE:FSL, FSL.B) is a global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded semiconductors for the automotive, consumer, industrial, networking and wireless markets. Freescale became a publicly traded company in July 2004 after more than 50 years as part of Motorola, Inc. The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 30 countries. Freescale, a member of the S&P 500®, is one of the world's largest semiconductor companies.
WindRiver provides software development tools, real-time operating systems, and advanced connectivity for use in products throughout the Internet, telecommunications and data communications, digital imaging, networking, medical, computer peripherals, automotive, industrial measurement and control (IMC), and aerospace/defense markets.
MontaVista Software Inc.
MontaVista Software Inc., founded in 1999 by real-time operating system pioneer James Ready, delivers open-source software solutions for the worldwide embedded software market. MontaVista's principal offering is the Linux® operating system tailored for embedded software applications. The company's Subscription Plans also provide Linux support, porting and customization services to customers worldwide. MontaVista headquarters are in Sunnyvale, Calif., in the heart of the Silicon Valley.
Kontron’s performance-per-watt champion for low-power class of CompactPCI® systems features Intel® Atom™ E3800 processors
Kontron CP3010-SA boosts the performance of the low-power class of CompactPCI® systems without exceeding thermal budgets
Kontron extends Mini-ITX portfolio with a motherboard featuring soldered 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors
Kontron launches long-term available KTQM87/mITX motherboard - a vibration- and shock-proof ‘mini powerhouse’ for harsh environments
Kontron next-generation COBALT system gives OEMs additional I/O options to meet specific edge application requirements
Next-generation system offers dramatically enhanced processing capability, multiple advanced I/O features in a smaller highly rugged form factor
Venturo in public transportation
Ansaldo Railway Control System
Precise lane recognition with Kontron PC/104-Plus SBCs based on the AMD Geode™ processor
With Optiguide, Siemens' optical guidance system, buses can be driven as precisely as if they were on tracks, making getting on and off the bus an even more comfortable and secure experience for passengers. This is enabled by creating the smallest possible, barrier-free distance to the platform. The Siemens Optiguide steers the bus to within less than 5 cm of the bus stop. For the onboard control computer Siemens relies on the robust and extremely compact PC/104-Plus boards from Kontron with long-term availability. The CPUs are the AMD Geode™ processors which excel through low power requirements and offer long-term availability.
CP303 Computers on the ISS
The University of Amsterdam’s commercial spin-off, IDEAS! UvA B. V., has developed under the auspices of EADS Space Transportation the temperature control system and two experiment containers for the DECLIC materials research project, which will be conducted onboard the International Space Station (ISS) from 2008. IDEAS! uses a CompactPCI board from Kontron for the temperature control system. The combination of robust design, small size, and Kontron’s first-rate customer service tipped the scales in favour of the CP303 board.
Full steam ahead for Poland’s railways
As part of an extensive modernization program, the Polish railway network is being upgraded with a custom designed state-of-the-art embedded control system that meets the highest international safety standards. Underlining the important trend towards single-source embedded suppliers, Siemens Sp zo.o. in Poland and the Warsaw University of Technology outsourced the development of the entire hardware platform to Kontron who supplied a control system platform based on multiple VME, CompactPCI® and PICMG® 1.3 system configurations.
Industrial PC - Rackmount
Industrial PC in Train Control Center System
The upper computer in the train control center is the monitoring equipment of the whole system, all states in the system should be displayed to operators via the upper computer in real time in order to discover and deal with various problems in time.
Flying harvesters - UAV-based environmental monitoring with Kontron Embedded BOX PC as a data logger
Automotive Electronics: Multi-functional Infotainment Platform from ICT Software Engineering
COM Express® mini
Today, a company can’t be successful by trying to cover all bases. Successful companies are those that concentrate on their core competencies and increase the customer benefits of their offers through complementary services from other companies. This effect, and the enhanced customer value, is shown by the successful cooperation of three technology companies, each of which is among the leading suppliers in its market. The Swedish truck and bus producer Scania, the Finnish vehicle PC manufacturer Sunit Oy, and Kontron AG, the market leader for embedded computer technology, have together developed one of the highest-performing on-board computers that currently exist for the market.
Image processing in the fast lane: tire tread check at 120 km/h
It can measure tire tread patterns contact-free in moving traffic - reproducible even at speeds of up to 120 km/h. The computing required for this high-speed image capturing is carried out by the Kontron’s DIN rail ThinkIO-Duo. The winning features of the system are the multi-core computing performance and its robust and silent design plus a wide range of interface options, with which the image processing system can be integrated into other applications.
Tunnel Safety Requires Sound Performance from Rugged Computers
Dispatcher Operation Control System of the Moscow Monorail Transport System
In 1999, there was CJSC “Moscow Monorail” established and the program “Moscow Monorail Transport” approved which is aimed at developing a monorail transport system in Moscow, with the participation of the Government of Moscow and Federal State Unitary Enterprise “Moscow Institute for Heat Engineering”.
Moscow Monorail Transport System (MMTS) – is not just a new type of the rolling-stock, but it’s a new spin in the field of automation control of complex transport systems. In the framework of the project RTSoft company developed and implemented dispatch control system (DCS) at the first length of the railroad between the stations “Sergei Eizenschtein Street” and “Timiryazevskaya Metro Station”. Moscow monorail is a sophisticated technical complex which is composed of a line with 12 passenger stations, electro rolling-stock (ERS), a train shed with a transborder (a mechanism for leading trains out to the line), railroad substations, automated track switches, railroad safety devices, communication systems and many others. Dispatch control system is used to control such a sophisticated complex.
JSC Russian Railways - Railway Switching
JSC Russian Railways is a large-scale rail transport company for both cargo and passenger trains. The Russian Federation founded the JSC Russian Railways Company and they widely use Kontron's CPCI products (i.e. CP605, CP690, CP-ASM10-PSB) for their automatic switching systems. With this technology they have the ability to reduce many delays associated with traditional switching.
Train Management System
The AGC (Autorail Grande Capacité) from Bombardier is part of the latest generation of regional trains for local and long-distance travel. Kontron developed the hardware of the Train Management System (TMS), the Graphical User Interface (GUI) and the Remote I/Os of the AGC.
The conductor and maintenance personnel use the GUI to access the TMS in real time. The TMS acts as the central system of the train and is also a gateway in between several networks like WTB, MVB, LON, CAN, Ethernet and wireless connections offering remote connections. The goal is to have a fast and transparent data transfer of the train’s core functions and to manage the passenger oriented comfort systems. The Remote I/Os are developed by Kontron to offer an optimized economic solution for I/O’s decentralized management on a network like MVB-, or Ethernet.
The EN50155 standard for electronic railroad applications places heavy demands on the Kontron hardware. The standard assumes that electronic systems on trains will need to operate 24 hours a day for 30 years, or approximately 250,000 hours, without failure. This means that train management systems must be designed to withstand the toughest environmental conditions: extended temperature ranges (-40°C to +85°C), humidity, vibrations and power fluctuations. Even heat build-up and therefore energy absorption have to stay within narrow ranges: only passive cooling technologies are permitted.
Railway management system in Qinghai-Tibet Railway using Kontron CompactPCI systems
Qinghai-Tibet Railway is the highest altitude and most long-distance railway in altiplano of the world. 960 km of the Qinghai-Tibet railway located 4,000 meters above the sea level and the highest point at 5,072 meters. The project is dubbed an "engineering marvel" because there were and are many technical difficulties for such a railway which was built on the permafrost for such a high altitude. On the second section from Golmud to Lhasa, 1142 km completely, include 45 train station and 38 are unstaffed. To meet the system requirements, a Intelligent Autonomous Decentralized Systems (IADS) technologies was applied to such a low-density line for first time in China. Some key technologies adopted in the system like signaling system were provided from Kontron. Based on CompactPCI system, most valued reliability, flexibility and long-term availability were delivered to the whole management system.
MULTIMEDIA cPCI RACK
Siemens Transportation Systems (STS) relies on Kontron Transportation high-end technology to design new, successful products. Kontron 6U CompactPCI, 19 inches/84TE meets highest constraining railway requirements and norms. This system is composed of 2 calculators networked with a permanent Ethernet connection installed in the underground driving cab.
It allows following functionalities:
Permanently connected to the centralized driving cab, this system guarantees to its owners a perfect reactivity and a real time management of all vehicles.
Control of railway tracks
Kontron has realized a CompactPCI based train control system for the French railways. There are approximately 200 control units and 2000 field units on the track connected by Ethernet. Such mission critical systems require 100 percent reliability. Therefore the fail-over control units are designed with two different hardware and software technologies for redundancy: An x86 based part with the a 3U Intel® Pentium M CPCI board, the CP306, running under Linux RT-OS and a PowerPC 8540 based part with LynxOS. If any failure occurs in one system, regardless if software or hardware, the redundant system takes over. The outdoor units placed on the rails are equipped with the E²Brain Computer-on-Module, due to features like extended temperature range, resistant to harsh environment conditions, and high reliability.
Driverless Automated Trains
Kontron produces ultra low power-dissipating 6U VME Single Board Computers (SBCs) for the driverless automated trains that connect air terminals in many airports around the world. Kontron embedded computers contribute to the reliability of the driverless train shuttle at the airports of London Heathrow, Beijing, Singapore, Dallas Fort Worth, Madrid and Miami. Dissipating less than 7 Watts, this SBC, the VCE405 can be used in fan-less natural convection environments. For automated train applications, the commercially available VCE405 has been enhanced with an application dedicated features, including a front panel display and a 'VITAL' processor reliability feature. Kontron's design team has integrated these enhancement features into the COTS product as a manufacturing build option for the full benefit of the customer. This COTS-Modified, custom COTS product marries the low cost advantage of COTS products with the advantages of COTS products shipped in volume, namely short lead time, low recurrent costs, best manufacturing quality and permanent obsolescence monitoring, providing the perfect fit to the application needs through the tailorization of the product.
6U VME Products
To offer a maximum of comfort to the passengers during intercity travels, tilting technology is more & more implemented in the new generations of trains. This equipment is based on 2 parallel independents computer networks for 100 percent safety of different technologies (first system: VME based on 68k with VRTX32; second system: VME based on x86 with QNX) to minimize common mode risks. Helped by a very large portfolio of Kontron COTS products Kontron realized successfully this equipment by a judicious choice of reliable & stable standards like Vrtx32, QNX and VME for the system bus.
Voyager, Bombardier Tilting train for Virgin, United Kingdom.
(Photo copyright of Bombardier).
Intelligent Display Unit for CONTROL, MAINTENANCE and CCTV
Within the framework of a Transportation project, Kontron has developed an Intelligent Display Unit (IDU) for the surveillance of passenger doors on the train. The display is also used to show train diagnostics and configuration. This unit is based on an industrial PC architecture (Pentium M) working with standard operating systems like XP Embedded and Linux. The PC104/104+ extension bus also allows adding various railway-specific busses like MVB communication or video surveillance with image incrustation. The strong points of this system are low consumption, resistance to industrial temperature ranges from -25°C to +70°C, excellent shock and vibration resistance, and ability to work under 24V, 72V or 110V.
Embedded Computer Technology in Maritime Recording Equipment
Large shipwrecks like those of the „Jan Heweliucz“ and the „Estonia“ in the mid-1990s led to the realization that flight recorders mandatory in aviation should also be, in similar forms, used in shipping. According to the regulations of the International Maritime Organization (IMO Resolution A.861), a UN organization for maritime safety, these ‘Voyage Data Recorders’ must be used on all RoRo (roll-on/roll off) passenger ships beginning July 1, 2002. In similar terms, they are also stringently required for all new vessels of 3,000 GRT or more. However, old “barges” without passenger traffic presently are not yet required to have them installed.
Central Supervisory Control System
An experimental Moscow monorail transportation system, which is currently deployed in Moscow, represents a modern high-technology urban means of transportation, to develop which the latest achievements of science and technology not only in the field of means of transportation themselves (new kinds of rolling stock, traction engines etc.) but also in the field of automated control of complex transportation systems were used.
The planning and development of the entire control system for the subway and suburban railway network in Warsaw was carried out by the Faculty of Transport at the Warsaw University of Technology in co-operation with Kontron. The world-renowned ‘Remote Control and Supervisory System’ was first installed in 1994. The subway system has expanded rapidly and so too has the control technology. A distinctive technical achievement for rail transport safety is the computer
interlocking system, which complies with SIL-4, the highest railway safety standard. This guarantees the correct interaction of more than 3,000 real-time I/Os. The hardware configuration will be available for years on end and offers an extremely high MTBF.