Infotainment

Enhancing Passenger Experience with Connected Onboard Entertainment

Passenger Entertainment Connectivity Platform

Kontron's entertainment-ready passenger connectivity platform is making “bring your own device” (BYOD) a reality on trains, buses, trams, taxis and in stations.
This solution enables passengers to have full Wi-Fi connectivity throughout their travels to enjoy services that include video, movies and music streaming along with access to the Internet for e-commerce and other information.

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    The entertainment-ready platform is combining Kontron's standards-based COTS computing building block with Axinom’s content, digital rights and delivery management software solutions.

    This connectivity platform enables:

  • Internet Access
  • Traveller Information
  • Content Delivery

Demo Entertainment

See what the passenger can experience: Entertainement content is accessible in an “off-line” mode and locally saved to a TRACe server that only requires an “on-line” connection for maintenance and content updates.

Implementation Example

PoE System architecture example with 3 Cars EMU (Electrical Multi Units)

Entertainment Quality Of Services (QoS) expected is a minimum of 1Mb per passenger (for on-board streaming), up to 80 Clients per Wi-Fi Access Point and 150Kb per passenger for Internet Access


Entertainment configuration

  • Gateway
    One Kontron TRACe-G40x-SR Gateway every 3 coaches, along with outdoor antennas and diplexers.
    Kontron Gateway + Antennas
      TRACe Gateway: 1x TRACe-G40x-DUAL+MMS (MosT)
      • 2x 4G/LTE module, 2xMIMO + GPS (option)
      • 1x 802.11ac (Train to Ground connection)
      Including Links aggregation firmware & Entertainment Server

      Antennas and Diplexer
      • 2x 4G/LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2xMIMO) roof antennas
      • 2x 4G/LTE, Wi-Fi Diplexers
      • 1x Cable kit (6xcoax +/-3m)

  • Wi-Fi Access Point
    Wi-Fi Access Point
      2x TRACe-RWAP per coaches, including:
      • 3x MIMO antennas / TNC
      • 2x Radio 2,4Ghz + 5Ghz

  • Ethernet switch
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      • 8xM12ETH + Bypass port

TRACe™ computing platforms for Entertainment

Improving passenger experience and generating new revenue streams with
open architecture computing building blocks

TRACe-G40x-SR

EN50155 multi-network rail computer (LTE, Wi-Fi, GNSS, Wired ETH)

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TRACe-NET

Fully managed Layer 2 industrial Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) switch

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TRACe-B40x-TR

EN50155 Compact Rugged Fanless Computer

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  • Flexibility: open industry standard based to support various train application needs and technology upgrades.
  • Digital security: secure elements to protect internal LoRa stack integrity and TLS connections
  • Edge intelligence: asset protection, secure networking and business agility, including OpCenter™ Remote Fleet Management & Monitoring tools
  • Pre-validated with CMS providers: guarantee of a fully operational and cost-effective entertainment solution for the transportation industry

Video: TRACE™ EN50155-CERTIFIED TRANSPORTATION COMPUTERS

Learn more about TRACe™ product line of EN50155-certified railway computers for rolling stock applications. Watch our video.

Case Studies

CSiT
Implementing multi-modal integrated communications capabilities for New York City Transit (NYCT)
Summary

Smart Cities evolution is being implemented by municipalities and transit agencies. Real-time information is required across the entire operator’s network. This includes integrated public address, passenger infotainment, media/advertising, CCTV and wireless connectivity.

Challenge

Provide the ability to network and integrate information across an entire fleet and operational network. Connect information from multiple data sources into a single information reference

Solution

The advanced TRANSIS-Train communication system from CSiT powered by Kontron’s TRACe™ computing products. For the NYCT trial, TRANSIS-Train is running on Kontron’s TRACe B304-TR and TRACe V304-TR EN50155-certified fanless transportation computers and two TRACe-HMI-D104 driver consoles that have been fully validated.

Results

The deployement of effective and reliable communications thanks to the interoperability between disparate sub-systems. Kontron’s TRACe products deliver the commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) open architecture computing technologies that allow CSiT to offer maximum scalability and ease of upgradeability to their transit agency customers TRACe platforms are completely compatible with CSiT’s system solutions helping to make the “connected train” for Smart Cities a reality

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Providing an infotainment/security system on major US railway line

Summary

The next generation of high-speed trains in the US Northeast Corridor and a new suburban train project in California need a complete infotainment/security system that provides real-time information and management for an informed, safe travel experience.

Challenge

Handle multiple sub-systems while maintaining a high degree of availability

Solution

The cohesive, total system from Centum Adetel powered by Kontron TRACe-V, which provides a high capacity video recording data storage, and the TRACe-G, a certified Gateway enabling data connectivity to wayside back-office operation systems. TRACe products support all infotainment and video surveillance sub-systems, which include a PIS (Passenger Information System) with LED and LCD displays and a VSS (Video Surveillance System) that supports multiple digital cameras with varying lens configurations and a large storage capacity. The COTS open architecture from Kontron can be easily adapted to the requirements of operations in the rail environment.

Results

The operator will realize improved fleet information management, real-time information access and broadcast message priority management with hearing impaired assistance. Security is enhanced from a broad surveillance system that offers complete CCTV coverage. System maintenance is also simplified from a common interface for all equipment.