With the rapid development of urbanization in China, the total population of major cities continues to grow and with it the volume of public transportation, making traffic congestion problems ever more severe. As a result, the first priority many of these cities face is the development of suitable urban rail transit systems. According to recent transportation plans, ten different mainland cities, including Beijing and Shanghai, have built and put into operation some 29 rail lines. By 2020, the total length of China's urban rail transit lines will be between 3,000 and 3,500 kilometers.
At the same time, the growing trend in urban rail operation has been the development of computer intelligence and automation platforms, and comprehensive monitoring systems play a key role in that growth by improving security and reliability through better access to information and system controls. DAS Intellitech, established in 1995, has a strong reputation for combining professional services with excellent technology, and many of their transportation systems have already been implemented in China.
Intelligent rail transit systems are a growing trend
DAS Intellitech's General Manager Mu Qing Lin, stated that his company offers a variety of solutions for the security, rail transportation, intelligent building, and factory industries, all built on intelligent and energy-saving technologies. These provide customers with efficient, safe, comfortable, and environmentally friendly facilities. In the year 2000, their company undertook a project to develop comprehensive monitoring systems for rail transport,with the first project to be installed in Hong Kong. The new system, installed in Hong Kong's MTR, monitors the system and also manages electrical equipment such as air conditioning and lighting. Following completion of that project, DAS Intellitech won additional engineering projects in Shenzhen and Chengdu. With the successful completion of each case, the company was able to showcase its strengths and set trends for the development of intelligent computing systems and energy conservation.
The comprehensive monitoring system is comprised of many individual systems, including power monitoring, environment and equipment monitoring,emergency exits, train control, fire alarms, transmission, radio, CCTV,clocks, passenger information, and access control. In the past, these systems operated independently and were managed separately. With advanced communication and control technology,the smaller systems can be integrated into a complete system via the network,enhancing management efficiency and reducing operating costs. Staff in the control room can better understand operating conditions and quickly deal with unexpected situations.
Compatibility and cost-effectiveness are key points
Since comprehensive monitoring systems are a very important part of rail transport, Mu Qing Lin said that reliability and stability are crucial factors for customers deploying management solutions. Systems have to meet industrial-grade specifications against dust and vibration, and they need to operate in a wide range of temperatures, to be moisture-resistant,and to have long product life cycles.
DAS Intellitech chose Advantech as a long-term partner because Advantech was an early entrant in the industrial control field, and has the ability to develop customized solutions as well as offering verification, testing and other technical services. For the DAS Intellitech public transport cases,Advantech supplies the core platforms, providing compatible system products with excellent performance-cost ratios and has also helped DAS successfully win many additional projects in a highly competitive market.
Based on the Chinese rail transport system roll-out schedule, cities in the southern part of the country will be implementing additional subway and transportation systems. Mu Qing Lin believes that, based on their past successes in the rail transportation sector, this is an opportunity for DAS Intellitech to continue to shine. Their familiarity with advanced technology and experience in the field will also allow them to continue to assist China as it pursues a localization plan to develop its own transit system technologies, a national railway system, and more intelligent transportation.
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