This article first appeared in the Railway-News Magazine Issue 1 2024.
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UK train operators use network schematic products to track their services across the network. These products use TRUST and TD to show service location, through a network of berths – often associated with a signal. Unfortunately, these sources either rely on manual entry of location by signallers or can place a service within a berth which can be more than ten miles long.
Given the UK has areas without TD coverage, and several areas with long section berths, Mistral Data created Berth Maps in response to these market limitations, developing the industry first Virtual GPS Berths to show exact location of a service on a schematic map.
Virtual GPS Berths provide granular location detail by dividing real berths into virtual berths, defined by geofences for more detailed tracking by GPS. This allows a long TD berth to be split for example into track, bridge, track, tunnel, track, station – allowing signallers to make informed decisions, including when managing calls from level crossing users.
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