Revolutionizing rail infrastructure technologyThe next step toward an entirely digitally networked rail infrastructure: Making it possible to run safety-relevant logic applications on standard multicore processors instead of proprietary hardware, the DS3 platform provides the basis for moving interlockings and radio block centers to the cloud. It is compatible with existing systems and supports current standards like Eulynx or Neupro. It paves the way for a cost-efficient country-wide approach with seamless geo-redundancy of one data center. This increases the availability and punctuality while meeting the highest safety standards in operation.
Driving down the number of rail applicationsThe "Distributed Smart Safe System", DS3 for short, is the first platform in the world that enables the usage of commercially available and state of the art multicore CPUs to process safety-relevant logic applications for rail operations while maintaining the highest level of safety.
This eliminates the need for proprietary hardware that was required for interlockings in the past. Existing safety-relevant rail applications can be migrated and run in a data center in a safe and secure manner, in this way enabling the bundling of all interlockings in this data center.
Such an approach provides the basis for seamless geographical redundancy to increase availability by reducing downtime in case of data center failure. It helps to further increase punctuality, reduces life cycle costs, and ushers in the next step toward an entirely digitally networked rail infrastructure with just a few elements such as point machines and balises remaining in the field, while all other components (e.g. the RBC) disappear.
From state-of-the-art to fully cloud-based: The evolution of signaling
The technical evolution of signaling and interlocking technology is accompanied with the increasing need for digitalization. This enables centralization and thus geographical independence. Numerous on-site interlockings can ultimately merge into a single, completely site-independent, and cloud-based interlocking for an entire country that is characterized by maximum availability thanks to a geo-redundancy.