The technical challenges in designing a telematics architecture for the system-wide monitoring of train and infrastructure assets.
The Stephenson Conference, Institution of Mechanical Engineers
London, 25 -27 April 2017
The Stephenson Conference is the premier international rail event that brings together academic researchers and industry experts to shine a spotlight on the pioneering work taking place in railway across the globe.
Co-authors Marco Bussi and Luca Fornasiero, will be addressing an audience of academic researchers and industry experts, looking to learn more about the latest research developments and the impact they can have on the railways.
Their Stephenson Conference presentation will highlight the technical and operational challenges for the continuous, on-board monitoring of operational performance of assets across an entire railway network.
Rail networks are sophisticated systems that require the cohesive cooperation of many different and disparate components in order to operate effectively. A failure to do so introduces delays, reduces customer satisfaction and increases operating costs and penalties.
Over the past 20 years, the wider world of IT technology, cloud services, digital and wireless communications have all made significant advances. The world of Big Data offers the prospect of processing massive data volumes in real-time.
The presentation includes how the ‘Train as a Sensor’ and continuous asset component monitoring significantly increases on-board data volumes, and requires maximizing wireless bandwidth capacity for remote data collection and analysis. Their paper then compares this with other industries, including how these issues are addressed as part of IoT.
It also discusses the design of on-board connectivity devices for remote wireless data transfer over 2G, 3G and 4G networks, plus on-board appliance design for intelligent logging, caching and synchronization of measurement data.
More information regarding the Stephenson Conference, including the provisional agenda can be found here.