Server targets on-train internet

April 11, 2011 // By Phil Ling
Kontron has announced details of a server developed to provide internet access to train passengers. Named INTERPARLO, the 3U CompactPCI platform in a 19-inch rack format is specifically designed for railroad applications. The EN50155-compliant Internet-on-train-server with long-term availability can be configured for specific applications with Kontron's rail-compliant embedded CompactPCI modules.

The application-ready platform could help OEMs implement custom-designed Internet-on-train and passenger infotainment applications. In addition, Kontron claims that train maintenance and remote diagnostics applications can be developed in a more efficient manner, resulting in faster time-to-market and less hardware design work and expenditure.

The solution is available, pre-validated, pre-tested and configured with a variety of wireless communication options, separate controllers and disks for streaming applications, a RAID Kit for CCTV applications as well as an Ethernet switch to connect to intelligent HMIs and train networks. For EN50155 compliancy, a conformal coating can also be applied to protect the system against humidity and dust.

The boards come with an Intel Celeron M processor with 1.06 GHz and 512 MB of RAM, or alternatively an Intel Atom with 1.6 GHz and 1 GB of RAM. Both boards come with a CompactFlash card with a pre-installed ready-to-run Linux or Windows image.

One or two additional CPU boards, as well as the Kontron storage module CP-HDD-S-KIT, can be added to the platform to configure an independent secondary CompactPCI system in the same housing. Four vacant slots, or three in the case of the 8HP CPU board, can be used to add project-specific hardware, such as carriers with third-party marketplace modules for UMTS, LTE, GPS, GPRS and WiFi.

For more information about Kontron's Internet-on-train server INTERPARLO, visit: www.kontron.com/products/systems+and+platforms/compactpci+systems+and+platforms/3u+compactpci/interparlo++internet+on+train+server.html