Local operating elements
Local operating elements ensure convenient setting of several points on the way to a destination track.
HPS Panel Station
The hardware platform for the HPS is a panel PC with touch display which is suitable and approved for rail applications. HPS can be deployed as a local, normal control element in conjunction with signalling installations which comply with the BO-Strab ordinance on the construction and operation of trams and also within shunting systems conform to the BOA ordinance on the construction and operation of branch lines. HPS is designed to be operated by drivers and shunters.
While developing HPS, special attention was paid to ease of use. The HPS software reacts immediately to user entries and gives operators visual feedback on several levels simultaneously.
HPS can be added as an entry or as a diagnostic device to existing equipment at any time with minimal effort. Energy supply and Ethernet are generally sufficient for connection of the HPS.
Route-setting boards provide more convenience when several points have to be set (e.g. point fans) on the way to destinations. Simple user guidance, e.g. self-explanatory display dialogues, allows staff to set one or more routes. These are defined and can be stored via starting track and destination track buttons. All points en route to destinations are automatically established and their setting and status is visualised. It is thus no longer necessary to set each point individually.
HPTS intelligent selection stations
The intelligent selection station HPTS facilitates selection of destination tracks by communication with the central control room. The train driver identifies himself with his PIN number and enters the code for the destination track. An illuminated display allows representation of context dependent, local-language texts. Entries are made via ahard-wearing ten-key keyboard with additional function keys. The components are in a UV-resistant plastic housing. The following interfaces are available for data communication: Ethernet, CAN, RS485, RS232. HPTS is freely programmable and supports standard network services such as FTP, HTTP and SMTP.
The operating station is directly beside the track. Train drivers can set points per pushbutton without getting out of the cab. This saves time, relieves driving staff and makes railoperations a lot safer. Handling is clear and simple. Visual signals indicate whether the setting command has been executed.