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ART product family presents a comprehensive set of hardware and software applications designed to provide rail management tools and operation solutions to our customers.
Chameleon is ART's multifunctional open-architechture Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) equipment used in several applications in the railway industry. ART's Chameleon is used inside and outside the locomotive creating savings in hardware, spare parts and personnel training. Based in an ARM 32-bit Cortexâ„¢-M4 CPU and LUA programming interface, the equipment was design to run a SIL certified Real Time Operating System.
ART's DAQ (Data Acquisition Module) is the equipment responsible for gathering the signals - analog and digital - the locomotive. It interfaces with the On Board Computer to provide information collected the different sensors to the Train Driver. ART's DAQ is also responsible for penalty and emergency brake application
The End of Train device is responsible for attesting the integrity of the train, verifying that all railcars are properly coupled along the trip providing both safety enhancements and productivity gains. ART's EOT is equipped with a GPS device and a GPRS module which allows the customer to track its EOTs positions any in the field.
The Communication Module (MCF) is the on-board communication gateway that connects the locomotive architecture to the Operation Control Center. ART's MCF supports different communication channels such as: GSM/GPRS, Radio and Satellite
The On Board Computer was designed as a safety equipment that later evolved to become a productivity tool. It provides two major safety features: Electronic Fence, that enforces the limits of an authority through the implementation of a breaking curve that stops the train before the end of the session block the authority ends; Dynamic Speed Control, through its ability to stop the train in an over-speeding situation.
The OBC has also an important role in helping the train engineer to follow railway operational rules, allowing the railway to pursue a standard conduction pattern. A target for fuel oil consumption and transit time is displayed for each session block, helping the engineer to drive the train. Other useful information available includes current speed; maximum speed allowed (defined according to the route and speed restrictions); grades and curves (based on the network map and train location); and, icons and alerts on the current status of the unit.
AROS is an event driven information system present at all stages of the production cycle that enables planning and execution an asset productivity point of view. The system incorporates Six Sigma concept business processes have characteristics that can be determined, measured, analyzed, improved and controlled. Each event in the production cycle of a railroad is manually or automatically recorded in a database (car movement, train formation, maneuver registration, train movement, car loading/unloading, etc.) over which AROS sets up an accurate process for employees to track and manage, in real time, cars and locomotives in the fleet.
AROS interacts with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems as SAP to allow invoicing and maintenance information exchange, for instance, as well as with other components of the railroad information systems: planning, dispatching, report generation, among others.
The Planning and eXecution (PX) system is a time x space graphical tool for planning and optimizing train movements and meetings. It's easy to use interface enables the dispatcher to simulate train schedules and quickly adapt to track interdictions, accidents or temporary speed restrictions.
PX creates the discipline to plan (graphically) the movement of trains before submitting a route. It also reports the movement on a planned x actual basis allowing for operation's continuous improvement.
Rail Rally is a software tool that uses trip information data downloaded event recorders in a locomotive to rank the Train Drivers accordingly to a set of criterias based in Transit Time and/or fuel consuption. By establishing grades to each trip, Rail Rally enables the company to detect and understand how drivers or groups of drivers perform in comparison to a standard or target trip. Once the ranks are created, Rail Rally allows the railway company to create a championship among drivers in order to incentive them to achieve certain goals.
ART'a Safe Train Control software assists dispatchers on managing train movements throughout the track network in a safe and efficient manner. It is a scalable solution that operates in both signaling and non-signaling environments following AAR General Code of Operations Rules and is independent of the communication infrastructure adopted.
The application is user friendly, with a customizable dispatcher display and video wall, a complete set of alarms and a high safety level authority process.. It assures that two trains do not occupy the same track segment in opposite directions by implementing a robust interlocking algorithm for a dark territory network.