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Passenger information systems - Articles and news items

Virgin Trains and RNIB install tactile station maps for visually impaired travellers

Rail industry news / 28 April 2016 /

Virgin Trains and the RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) have worked together to create tactile station maps for visually impaired travellers on the east coast route between Berwick and Peterborough.

Cheshire to benefit from £260K Customer Information Screens

Rail industry news / 11 January 2016 /

Northern Rail has announced it is to invest £264,000 in new Customer Information Screens (CIS) at stations across Cheshire.

From split-flap display to multimedia train information system

Issue 4 2015 / 6 August 2015 /

Who isn’t familiar with the big blue display information boards in Switzerland’s main train stations? At the time of the display installation more than 25 years ago, these units were the leading technology. Printed panels showed the train information for departing trains. Updating of the information caused the panels to rotate and fall into the desired position. This action caused its well-known sound, which will definitely be missed from the train station halls as technology is updated; the displays were starting to age and the service and warranty was running out, so SBB needed to search out new solutions. Project Manager at SBB, Lukas Spengeler, takes us through the project details and why modern LED displays have now been chosen…

High-tech solution for ÖBB operation control

Issue 4 2009, Past issues / 21 July 2009 /

ÖBB-Infrastruktur Betrieb AG is a modern and customer-oriented infrastructure operator allowing the 22 railway undertakings authorised to operate in Austria access to ÖBB’s approximately 5,700km-long railway network. To this end, ÖBB’s operation control strategy plays a decisive role. ÖBB heralded a new high-tech era with the launch of the operation control centre in Innsbruck at the end of 2008.

Railroad simulation using OpenTrack

Issue 3 2007, Past issues / 6 June 2007 /

OpenTrack is a user-friendly railroad network simulation program. It is a microscopic model that simulates rail system operations based on user defined train, infrastructure and timetable databases. OpenTrack can be used to evaluate and test infrastructure plans and operating schedules in order to optimise network and timetable design. It can be run on several different computer platforms and incorporates the benefits of object oriented programming language with a common data interface structure. The program has been used successfully on projects in Europe, Asia, Australia and America.

Transforming travel

Issue 2 2007, Past issues / 3 April 2007 /

A partnership between FirstGroup plc and Keolis was awarded the franchise to provide inter-city and inter-urban passenger rail services to major cities and towns across the north of England, with also the management of 30 stations from 1 February 2004.