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Building Blocks for Ticketing, Fleet Management and Communication in Public Transit

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An application-ready set of building blocks for computing and communications tasks in buses and light rail trains in public transportation offers solution providers, system houses and system integrators a complete platform for improved time-to-market, which can be individually combined and also customized to meet individual requirements.

The EN50155-compliant Kontron Venturo Vehicle Management System for buses and light rail trains consists of three elements. First is the Venturo CBox, central management and communication computer; second is the Venturo HMI driver and passenger display unit with integrated ticket printer; and third is the Venturo GBox, an audio and emergency call unit. The integrated Kontron platform centralizes all tasks such as ticketing, passenger information, location identification, data acquisition, vehicle and system diagnostics, as well as internal and external communications management on a single platform. The system features rugged, fanless design with a high mean time between failure (MTBF) of 80,000 hours and a temperature range of -25° to +60°C.

The Kontron Venturo CBox is the central computing device to maintain the vehicle management. Based on the energy-efficient Intel Atom processor Z5xx with 1.1 GHz or 1.6 GHz and 1 to 4 Gbyte RAM, it centralizes all communication and computing tasks. For communication flexibility, it features an internal Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) module, a Wi-Fi module for wireless networking with IEE 802.11/a/b/g WLANs plus a GPS module with gyroscope and odometer interface for dead reckoning. 

The Kontron Venturo HMI is the central driver interface. It features a sunlight-readable 8.4-inch SVGA (800 x 600 pixel) touch screen for intuitive handling and operational safety. A ticket printer and a two-line fluorescent display for customer information (e.g., for displaying fares) are integrated into the driver console, both centrally controlled by the Kontron Venturo CBox via serial RS-422 interfaces (American EAI-422). An optional RFID badge reader for driver identification/authorization allows two ISO 14443A/B-compliant RFID cards to be simultaneously read. 

Designed as an independent system, the EN50155-compliant GSM-voice and audio box Venturo GBox combines emergency call functionality with an integrated audio switch. It can be placed anywhere near the audio sources to minimize the amount of wiring. Independently from the board computer, the audio box takes over key security functions. Activation of one of a total of two connectable emergency switches automatically initiates a voice connection via an integrated quad band GSM module for mobile communication. 

Kontron, Poway, CA. (888) 294-4558. [www.kontron.com].