On Train Systems
Under the leadership of experienced industry specialist Chris Baker,
Interfleet offers a strong On Train Systems capability, with extensive
expertise and experience in this often complex and sometimes misunderstood
area of the railway industry. As Chris explains:
"Interfleet has extensive technical knowledge in the whole
area of On Train Systems, building on and complimenting our core
engineering consultancy services. The combination of these skills
means Interfleet offers clients a powerful "one-stop-shop",
encompassing not just the actual Systems technology, but also design,
'turnkey' installation, Vehicle Acceptance (VAB) and detailed knowledge
of the entire on-train environment".
"Above all, we are applying our technical expertise in order
to add value. Train Systems isn't about fancy gimmicks or 'nice-to-have'
devices - rather, we are using this new technology to achieve real
commercial benefits and generate revenue for our clients".
In many cases, the application of Train Systems technology can
not only reduce costs, but also generate new revenue-streams. Chris
highlights the example of on-train CCTV systems to emphasise these
"By deterring vandalism and misuse of passenger communication-handles
or other such emergency-stop devices, CCTV technology helps to reduce
'impact-minute' delays and the associated financial penalties faced
by train-operators. Through reducing vandalism-damage, CCTV also
lessens the need for costly damage-repairs.
"CCTV also gives added marketing benefits, since it enables
train-operators to demonstrate a genuine commitment to customer
welfare and in so doing, provides a tool to differentiate their
services from competitors. Increasing passenger (and crew) security
can additionally generate increased revenue through encouraging
wider usage - making the train safer for lone females and more attractive
Interfleet's On Train Systems skills encompass not just CCTV, but
also On Train Data Recorders (OTDR), Passenger Information Systems
(including audio/visual, electronic seat-reservation, route-maps,
advertising), Passenger Counting Systems and Passenger Entertainment
(seat-back videos, games, gambling, etc). Interfleet is working
with all of the various players that go to make up the whole Systems
industry, as Chris outlines:
Working with suppliers to understand the technology that
is available for the railway industry and helping them to offer
technology suitable for the rail environment;
Advising clients on the capabilities and benefits of Train
Developing system specifications for clients and evaluating
suppliers' equipment against client requirements;
Project-managing installation and testing of new equipment;
Developing industry Standards for Train Systems equipment.
Chris sums-up his overview of On Train Systems thus:
"On Train Systems technology presents a whole host of exciting
new opportunities for operators to exploit. For example, passenger
entertainment systems not only enhance the on-train environment
and thereby help attract new customers, but they also open up a
myriad of innovative new revenue-generating possibilities, through
advertising and media involvement".
"In the near future, mobile connectivity will become the norm,
with travellers expecting the same communications facilities whilst
on the move that they depend upon both at home and in the office.
I firmly believe that the railway industry must grasp the opportunities
presented by this new technology if it is to compete most effectively
with other forms of transport, many of which already offer media
and communications facilities".
On Train Systems