Siemens Wayguard MCP10

Wayguard MCP10: Overview

There are around 6,000 crossings on the UK rail network; Siemens level crossing solutions protect rail and road users in a variety of these locations and applications




Level crossings fall into distinct categories, but each is unique and considers the frequency of trains, frequency & types of users and the environment where the crossings are located. In some locations where this frequency is low, there is no protection.Siemens Mobility Limited introduces the Wayguard MCP10 (MCP10); a new overlay system that is designed for easy installation and to protect minor pedestrian or bridleway crossings.

 

The MCP10 detects incoming trains using axle counters and secure radio communication to warn the user via a sound alarm and visual notification of the danger. There is also an option of interfacing with barriers and power gates when permitted as the MCP10 family caters for the following crossing types:

 

  • Enhanced warning device (EWD) for minor pedestrian crossings or bridleways
  • Enhanced User-Worked Crossing (EUWC) for minor vehicle crossings
  • On-demand road crossing (ODRC) for minor barrier-controlled road crossings
  • “Digital Railway” minor crossings (DRMC) for ETCS integration

Level Crossing Safety: Pedestrians and Farmers

It can be tempting to run over a crossing or jump the barriers rather than wait for a train to pass, especially in rural area where there are sometimes no level crossing barrier machines in use. There may be a gate, but there are occasions where it is up to the pedestrian to judge whether it is safe to cross the track.  Many assume there is only one train or use previous experience to guess when the train is coming but trains can come from either direction at any time.

 

Farmers are reluctant to leave their vehicles and make the judgement within their cab where the hearing and vision is impaired.  For farmers that cross tracks in their vehicles, the MCP10 is equipped with a sensor that will communicate with the farmer upon arrival of any dangers which eliminates the need for the farmer to get out of their cab to interface with the warning system. This eliminates any inconvenience to the farmer’s day to day operations whilst keeping them safe. 

Low Powered, Sustainable, Wireless Minor Crossing Solution

Connection in a rural area can provide challenges in many forms such as power and communication to which the MCP10 tackles both.

 

Key Features Include:

 

  • Ability of the system to  operate from +24V DC or  110V AC, with battery backup to maintain operation for 3 days.
  • Ability to be powered by off-grid energy sources, reducing  cable usage installation is required. 

The secure wireless communications from strike-in points further reduces cost associated with cable laying. Wireless connectivity for this application is unique and the flexible architecture allows the system to be configured for a range of crossing types.

Adjustable Minor Crossing Warning Device

The intuitive interface of the MCP10 is very user friendly in all its applications. The MCP10 automatically warns the user of the danger at the crossing via a sound alarm and a visual notification by pressing the command button.  A unique characteristic of the MCP10 is that the warning communication types are adjustable to cater to the location and application.

 

The alarm volume can be increased in case of a busy environment but also turned down for crossings in areas where a lot of traffic is conducted at night, with residents close by. Not only is the MCP10 providing better level crossing safety but it is also delivering minimal disturbance to local residence. Residents also benefit from the adjustable, red and green warning lights as they can be dimmed when appropriate. Alternatively, lights can be brighter in case vision is impaired for any reason to ensure the indication lights are seen and acted upon.

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