Cinterion, a provider of cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) communication modules, announced on Wednesday that its M2M technology is powering Deutsche Bahn’s new passenger information system. Deutsche Bahn, a railway network operator in Germany, is implementing Cinterion ’s system in train stations across the country to deliver up-to-the-minute information on departures and delays.
The new passenger information system, known in Germany as “DSA - Dynamischer Schriftanzeiger”, is being deployed in smaller and often remote train stations where hard-wired solutions used in larger railway stations are too costly and time-consuming to install.
The system uses the Cinterion (Munich, Germany) TC65 connectivity solution to distribute real-time train travel updates from Deutsche Bahn’s central passenger information server over wireless networks to weather-proof display screens on the train platforms. Embedded with Java technology, the Cinterion terminal manages and maintains continuous operation of the information displays. In addition, Cinterion’s audio interface generates voice messages, which are broadcast over train station loudspeakers, says the company.
The Deutsche Bahn solution is being deployed in more than 4,000 railway stations throughout Germany with approximately 3,000 display units already operational and another 3,500 expected by 2015. The project was partially funded by Konjunkturpaket I and II, two economic stimulus packages sponsored by the German government.
“Our plug-and-play M2M terminal enables Deutsche Bahn to improve schedule accuracy by providing continuous updates to train stations where wired connectivity is unavailable or cost-prohibitive,” said Norbert Muhrer, CEO of Cinterion. “The enhanced system demonstrates how M2M technology can vastly improve daily life experience by keeping passengers informed with convenience.”