Computer systems for railway applications

By Barbara Schmitz, MEN Mikro Elektronik

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More and more electronic systems are being built into trains, the underground, streetcars and buses. If you talk about the overall railway engineering market, you don’t only mean vehicles – in which areas and applications can one find these computers and which functions do they take over? And why are they so different to the office PC or the one at home?

Common studies like that of the SCI Verkehr roughly divide the railway market into vehicles, system technology and infrastructure. While the overall market has a volume of 143 billion euros (according to UNIFE 2012 for 2011), about 60% of the business amounts to vehicles, just over 30% to infrastructure and less than 10% to system technology. The term infrastructure includes the track system and electrification where no computers are needed….


 


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