Cost-effective display solution for Euston
7 May 2014 • Author: Infotec
Key to providing customers at London Euston Station with real time information is the large mainboard overlooking the main concourse and which was installed in 2002. The installation has proved to be extremely reliable over this 12-year period but some of the original internal components have become obsolete and can no longer be replaced.
Network Rail returned to Infotec who manufactured the existing main board for a cost-effective solution to replacing it that could also remove any operational risk and bring it in line with current compliance rules under the Equality Act 2010 (formerly the Disability Discrimination Act).
Infotec presented three solutions with the most cost-effective and beneficial of these being to replace the internal components rather than the entire display.
Agreement by Network Rail to proceed has now seen the renewal of the main board successfully completed. The solution replaces all of the electronics and uses Infotec’s current D Series technology, bringing it in line with all the other Infotec displays currently deployed at Euston, a major commuter hub connecting London and the Northwest.
The renewal work has breathed new life into the displays which make up the main board and Infotec and Network Rail hope this would last another 12 years if required.
To ensure minimum disruption and to keep people informed during the upgrade, parallel data feeds were put in place with the existing to provide a seamless transition between old and new over the two-week installation period.
The 14 Next Train Indicators (NTIs), two subsequent departures and one special notices panels making up the display may not look very different to most regular commuters, but the upgrade has brought the technology completely up to date, provided some important improvements and made it compliant under the Equality Act. It also benefits from a new five-year warranty from award-winning UK-based display manufacturer Infotec.