Infrastructure in the  Cloud

Centralized interlockings and Radio Block Center (RBCs) for an entire country, geographical redundancy ensuring the utmost availability and punctuality, and sustainable cost reduction: Moving the control logic to the cloud provides the key.
Velaro train with animated text: The future of rail has arrived - Destination Digital with Infrastructure in the cloud at InnoTrans 2022

When a single data center controls an entire network

Moving infrastructure to the cloud means an entirely digitally networked rail infrastructure controlled from a single place, a single data center. This increases punctuality thanks to highest availability, reduces hardware costs, and ensures future-proof infrastructure investments.

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Safety-relevant applications in the cloud

Revolutionizing rail infrastructure technology

The next step toward an entirely digitally networked rail infrastructure: Infrastructure in the Cloud. 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 infrastructure management approach with seamless geo-redundancy of one data center. This increases the availability and punctuality while meeting the highest safety standards in operation.
How it works

Driving down the number of rail applications with one solution: Infrastructure in the Cloud

The “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. It enables 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 and services 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 one data center for easier infrastructure management.

 

Infrastructure in the Cloud 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. axle counters, track circuits) disappear.

From state-of-the-art to Infrastructure in the Cloud: 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 geo-redundancy.


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Let’s talk about your opportunities with Infrastructure in the Cloud

Moving the control logic for rail applications into the cloud points the way to future-viable mobility based on flexible, scalable rail infrastructure solutions. Discuss with our experts how your business can benefit from this evolution.