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Happier passengers, lower energy costs and improved safety are among the benefits of Thales mainline intelligent station technology

If you run a train station, you need eyes everywhere. You also need to react quickly when an incident occurs — or better yet, anticipate what could go wrong and then take action before it does.

The good news is that there are now many ways to monitor and control what is happening on stations. This includes everything from CCTV and passenger information to SCADA networks to control elevators, escalators and air conditioning.

The bad news is that it’s often almost impossible to coordinate all of these different functions. This can be a real problem – especially in an emergency when actions need to be synchronized across multiple systems at lightning speed.

The functional fragmentation also affects the daily passenger experience. For example, real-time passenger information and crowd avoidance capabilities depend on being able to orchestrate multiple subsystems. But all too often, the integration is just too complex and passengers miss out. So what can you do?

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Thales’ integrated digital surveillance system solves the problems of fragmentation by centralizing the control of critical functions on a cyber-secured IT platform with a unified and consistent man-machine interface, full sub-system coordination and a wealth of brand new, data-driven functions.

Let’s take a closer look at some of these features:

Better passenger information: Passengers need accurate, real-time information relevant to their journey. To meet this need, our solution combines static data (e.g. timetables) with dynamic data from live operating systems such as train description and signaling systems. The result: value-added passenger information delivered through a single platform to power every media channel – mobile apps, interactive kiosks, displays and public address systems.

Crowd Avoidance: Which carriages of an approaching train are the least crowded? Passengers want to know – and now they can. Our intelligent crowd control solution uses Thales’ video analytics solution to automatically measure passenger density on trains. The congestion data is then relayed to passenger information displays on the platform. All of this is achieved using existing infrastructure equipment: ticketing, CCTV cameras and/or counting sensors. The same technology can be used to generate congested heatmaps and alerts for stations.

Energy saving: Dedicated energy KPI dashboards provide an overview of overall energy consumption and give the OCC the ability to monitor and reduce overall consumption through simulation and application of low-consumption strategies. For example, the passenger density data generated by Thales video analysis software enables the reduction of electricity consumption at train stations. For example, air conditioning performance, lighting levels, heating and ventilation can be continuously varied depending on station occupancy, reducing energy consumption and improving environmental performance.

Intrusion detection: Unauthorized access to railway infrastructure is a growing cause of delays. But it can be easily detected with video analytics. Applications include detecting unauthorized entry into tracks, tunnels, bridges and other sensitive areas. Our integrated monitoring solution automatically generates an alert and offers the operator options for energy management, passenger information and, in some cases, traffic management.

Leading Hand: Information overload is a very real problem for dispatcher personnel. To solve this problem, Thales has developed decision-making tools to help operators get the most out of the systems under their control – including video, traffic management, power, auxiliary facilities and public announcements. For example, if a fire breaks out at a train station, decision-making tools allow a single operator to monitor relevant CCTV cameras, call emergency services, shut off power and broadcast automated emergency announcements – all from the same workstation.

Remote Operations: Supervision of railway operations is usually carried out from special control centers. But what if you need to work remotely – for example on platforms, in trains or even on the tracks? Thales’ secure OCC (Operation Control Center) meets this need. The solution is delivered through an application running on a secure mobile device. Various functions can be monitored, including elevators, lighting, escalators and air conditioning.

Your solution for large and small stations

The beauty of our fully integrated solution is that it can be used to monitor any type of long-distance train station. For example, it can be configured to meet the complex needs of a large inner-city transport hub. It can equally be used to remotely manage multiple small stations scattered over a large geographic area, resulting in huge savings.

But big or small, the beauty of our solution is that it offers rail users everywhere the same high level of reassurance, safety and passenger satisfaction – which increases ridership and helps build a future we can all count on.

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