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Barix and Railtec Systems Partner for Audio Over IP Railway Installation
Montreux-Oberland-Bernois (MOB) Railways invests in a modern passenger information system based on the new Barix Annuncicom 155 device
Railtec Systems, based in Switzerland, is currently outfitting 14 locomotives and railcars and about 60 passenger carriages operated by MOB Railways with networked Annuncicom 155 devices. The devices are integral to the configuration of MOB Railways’ pioneering passenger information and announcement system. The Annuncicom 155 is responsible for the bidirectional exchange of live announcements as well as priority, monitoring and control information over a TCP/IP network.
“The Annuncicom 155 is a very robust, flexible Audio over IP device and fits perfectly into our information systems,” said Lorenz Trachsel, Managing Director of Railtec Systems.
In Railtec's system concept, the Annuncicom 155 components will typically be used for informational and emergency two-way communication between a passenger and a train conductor or guard. In the case of an emergency call, the Annuncicom 155 can open a two-way channel with an external destination only accessible via radio transmission.
The system can also assume the functions of a public address system in addition to the intercom function. It enables live and pre-recorded announcements, in manual or automatic mode. Possibilities include selective announcements in individual zones or to groups of devices; or all-call announcements broadcast to all connected systems.
According to Trachsel, the zone-splitting function is of particular significance to MOB Railways. “The ‘Golden Pass Services’ route is very scenic and attractive, and MOB Railways offers a very diverse range of services for tourists,” he said. “With selective announcements, systems configured by Railtec enable the relay of commentary to travel groups as they pass by the mountain panorama. This is an ideal feature as the 4,000-meter peaks of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau mountains are on this route.” Pre-stored texts can also be retrieved using GPS, enabling specific and automatic commentary to be provided on particularly scenic places of interest.
The Annuncicom 155 also demonstrates flexibility in preserving the corporate identity of customers, as the operator buttons and intercom panels can be designed in accordance with customer requirements. In terms of control, the system offers a broad level of adaptability to the tasks at hand.
“We can program Barix devices ourselves, enabling perfect tailoring to customer requirements,”
The first installations were delivered to MOB Railways in August 2010. Most of the carriages have been in service for years and have been or will be upgraded to support Audio over IP. Some new carriages are being ordered and outfitted as comfortable panorama carriages.
Please also visit Barix at Stand 216 in Hall 4.1 and Railtec Systems at Stand 210, Hall 2.2.
About Barix AG (www.barix.com)
Barix AG, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, specializes in the research and development of leading edge IP-based communication and control technologies. Barix products are standalone devices that can be connected de-centrally over standard networks or the Internet and offer new and improved solutions for professional audio signal transmission, communication and automation. The company provides solutions for audio-over-IP (propagation and monitoring of audio signals, communication, security) and automation (de-central control, monitoring and maintenance work).
Barix AG, Seefeldstrasse 303, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Telephone: +41 43 43322 11, Fax: +41 44 2742849
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