How TRACS Takes on-Board Audio Communication to the Next Level
Clear on-board communication starts with a high-quality audio system. With the new TRACS platform, Televic GSP takes audio communication to the next level. Designed for configurability, modularity and security, TRACS is a future-proof audio concept for newly built and refurbished railway vehicles.
TRACS stands for ‘Train Audio Communication System’. It’s a complete audio solution which integrates with our LiveCom Suite software for on- and off-board communication. This perfect combination enables an elaborate set of audio functions for on-board and wayside communication. For example:
“Railway vehicles in need of refurbishment usually have stand-alone audio systems which lack any smart features. Connecting them with wayside communication systems or other on-board systems results in a lot of functional limitations. Some features aren’t supported at all. Our TRACS platform supports future applications, decreases maintenance time and broadcasts every message loud and clear through high-quality audio.”
Switching to a highly connected audio system might raise concerns about cyber security.
“Maximum connectivity doesn’t mean you have to compromise on security. TRACS is completely upgradeable: with security patches and security protocol updates readily available, you can count on a future-proof system with long-term support.”
The audio system’s modular design further adds to its reliability.
“We’ve deliberately based the design concept on standard configurable hardware and software building blocks that have already proven their worth. By reusing our base models instead of making an adapted design for each project, we’re able to lower costs and increase throughput time.”
These base modules typically include:
“These standard devices can be used in 80% of our projects, minimising the need for customisation. If necessary, we can easily add extra interfaces via extension modules. For example, if you’re adding a new railway vehicle to an existing fleet, we’ll provide an extra gateway which connects the old audio system to the new one.”
In newly-built railway vehicles, the TRACS system and its devices are typically connected to a new ethernet communication backbone. But in refurbishment projects, adding such a complete backbone system would be a challenging and costly endeavour.
“Unlike many of our competitors, we’ve developed an efficient method to interconnect the TRACS devices with each other, while reducing the number of connections needed to the backbone. This means we’re able to significantly decrease the installation cost. Next to that, the devices are optimised in size, which makes them easily integrable in any railway vehicle. We’ll always find a place to put them, for example, in the ceiling.”
Depending on the scope of the refurbishment or operators’ functional requirements, Televic GSP’s experts will first analyse your current and desired situation.
“We’ll advise you on the steps required to avoid downtime, how to overcome possible mechanical constraints and in deciding which elements of your current system to keep or replace.”
With TRACS, new functionalities become available at your fingertips.
“From features to comply with mandatory passenger information system regulations, to connect with other systems or to add hearing aid loops (HAL), allowing broadcast messages to be transferred via in-ear hearing aids. TRACS improves both the passenger experience and the operational flow on board.”
This article was originally published by Televic Rail.
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