The Federal Railroad Administration and the North American railroad industry have been developing various elements for a Positive Train Control (PTC) system. In this connection, the
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC (News - Alert)) was in search of a rugged and reliable platform to be deployed on trains.
As part of the U.S. railroad industry's initiative on train safety, SAIC has issued a contract to Eurotech, a reputed supplier of embedded technologies. Eurotech officials stated that the firm will receive a total estimated value of $60m USD over a three-year period.
Operating on concepts of minimalist computing, Eurotech systems lower power draw, minimize physical size and reduce coding complexity. The company combines domain expertise in wireless connectivity as well as communications protocols.
For the first phase of the project, Eurotech will supply its ISIS ICE, a rugged sub-system based on the low power, high performance ISIS single board computer.
"The Eurotech ISIS is certified and meets our stringent requirements for operations in harsh environments,” said Judith Decker, vice president, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance Group, SAIC.
This system, apparently certified in 2011 as one of two hardware reference designs for PTC applications, offers fanless diskless operation, combined with wireless communications, GPS options and flexible PC/104 I/O and communications expansion.
As the railroad industry is currently focusing on Positive Train Location (PTL) projects, Greg Nicoloso, CEO, Eurotech in North America felt that Eurotech's ISIS ICE was a perfect fit to meet the challenging specifications of the project.
The first few units of the Eurotech computer on module, Catalyst TC, with custom board set and enclosure will be delivered during the second half of 2012, and deliveries will ramp up to full operational pace in 2013.
"Contributing to the U.S. railroad industry's initiative on train safety is quite gratifying, and we look forward to a long lasting relationship with SAIC," added Nicoloso.
With the next phase of this project to be directed at furthering the safety of U.S. railroads, Eurotech is looking forward to serving customers with its innovative PTL system.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman