EtherFly for more digital trains and better equipment control

Railways operators are increasingly under cost pressure and competition, which triggers the need for implementing digital solutions and innovations in areas such as energy supply, consumption and infotainment. 

 

High-speed expansion has also created demand for additional and more expensive maintenance. Even last generation of high-speed trains that entered service six or seven years ago are now reaching their overhaul cycle, thus increasing the demand for after sales.

EtherFly has been designed to address the following use cases for:

  • Power Modular Control command
  • Electrical Power distribution
  • On-train control applications

    • Braking systems control 
    • Chassis control
    • Can comply with various Ethernet communication standards: Ethernet (TCP/UDP-IP), PTP, ARINC 664P7 (AFDX), …
    • Can communicate with others networks as well as CAN, MVB, …
    • Can handle any type of Input and output (analogic, discrete, pwm ,  …)

  • In Vehicle backbone

    • For control and integration of higher bandwidth devices and applications (vision, radar, infotainment, video surveillance, …)
    • For on-board data Analysis: When a train arrives at the station, its journey isn't over yet. There is still plenty of data to relay back the central office. On-board Ethernet systems may send data to base stations that is then collected by high bandwidth Ethernet system.

  • Network-based signaling systems:

    Traditional signaling equipment was built on steel cables that physically controlled motors and signals. This design involves a large amount of wiring. Ethernet based architectures offer a safe, reliable alternative, whereby digital information can be sent through fiber-optic cabling and industrial switches.

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