Recently Honeywell sponsored the Metrorail 2014 conference which was held in London between 1st and 2nd April. The conference was an ideal opportunity for us to introduce our rail safety system to key industry influencers and decision makers including metro operators, system integrators and key subsystem suppliers.
Honeywell has developed the Platform Safety System to monitor rail tracks along the platform and warn of incursions on the track. Building upon our aerospace heritage, our system utilizes radar technology which is reliable and efficient and helps to improve safety for train operators and passengers, improving the rail experience. The system is easy to install for greenfield projects as well as retrofitting to existing networks. Additionally it operates in all weather conditions and is capable of detecting people and major objects on the track.
The benefits of installing the system for operators are significant as service interruptions are reduced, capacity is increased and the transit system's availability is increased. Our technology is an extremely cost effective solution compared with other safety systems such as screen doors and our system produces a vastly reduced number of false alarms when compared with current technology such as lasers and video analytics
By partnering with our colleagues from ACS (Automation and Control Solutions) Building Control Solutions, another Honeywell business, we are able to offer a complete system solution by incorporating our EBI (Enterprise Building Integrator) as the customer interface to the platform safety system, camera network, alerting strobes and tunnel entrance security net. Operators benefit from Honeywell’s expertise in collecting, organizing and presenting the most relevant data from disparate sensor networks.
Metrorail, which has been running for 10 years, is a key event in the rail industry calendar and provides a good mix of trade show, round table, conference and pre-arranged one-to-one meetings which we found to be very effective. Werner Hansli, Managing Director of Honeywell Regelsysteme GmbH commented, “We were very excited to bring our aerospace knowledge to the rail industry and so sponsoring the conference was a great way for us to raise our profile in a market where we may not previously have been recognized.” He went on to say, “We received a great deal of interest in our Platform Safety System as operators increasingly look for reliable ways to increase the safety and efficiency of their networks.”
You can find out more about our rail focused products here or you can read our blog on the leap from planes to trains.