Launch Of New Technology Designed To Save Lives

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We are delighted to launch our PTeye solution, an innovative technology designed to support in the prevention of PTI incidents.

The PTeye system which incorporates the latest in AI-ready technology has been developed to prevent trap and drag incidents before train dispatch and, as a secondary safety measure, to detect drag.

 

According to the Rail Safety and Standards Board there are more than 3 billion Platform-Train-Interface (PTI) events each year as trains enter and dispatch stations, and passengers board trains. And whilst incidents are relatively low, ‘the risk to passengers at the Platform-Train-Interface is equivalent to nearly 13 fatalities each year, and 48% of the total passenger fatality risk on the mainline railway network’.

 

A new development in passenger safety, our PTeye solution, which has been created to support in the prevention of PTI incidents, offers digital (IP) technology matched to the harsh environment of rolling stock applications. An edge-capable device, our PTeye solution offers a game-changing advantage by minimising impact on bandwidth and system load this optimisation ensures long-term reliability and performance.

 

What also sets the PTeye apart is its future-proof functionality. The PTeye’s adaptable pod design is engineered for seamless integration with both new and old rolling stock. What’s more, the solution integrates into our SIL 2 approved On-Train Camera/Monitor (OTCM) system.

 

Victoria Hodge, general manager at Petards Rail, commented: “Safety and innovation are two of our core values. We pride ourselves on delivering intelligent train technology which helps to advance the railway ecosystem through enhancing the passenger experience, saving time and money, and improving rail safety. We are therefore proud to launch this potentially lifesaving technology.

 

“Existing solutions detect trap and drag incidents once they have already occurred, unfortunately in many instances that is too late. The PTeye solution will provide a mechanism which helps to prevent PTI incidents entirely, to safeguard passengers and employees alike, ensuring a safe and secure travel experience for all.”

 

David Muse, chief technical architect at Petards Rail, added: “The result of extensive research, development and engineering, the PTeye system addresses a prevalent issue in the rail industry by facilitating real-time operational decision making, mitigating disruptions and aiding in recovery post incident.

 

“Our team are committed to ongoing development and innovation. Notably regarding enhancing object detection, hazard warnings, platform detection, disabled access, and a myriad of other technology features much needed by the rail industry.

 

“The PTeye is built to evolve with the ever-changing needs of our customers and the sector, ensuring it remains at the forefront of cutting-edge technology. We’re looking forward to seeing the significant impact this can have on rail operations.”

 

A future-proof and scalable approach the PTeye also:

  • Meets latency requirements as detailed by RIS-2703-RST-Iss-2.
  • Is operational under extreme weather and environmental conditions, it boasts an internal thermostat controlled anti-condensation heater.
  • Performs edge processing of the feed. With all footage securely stored on our Network Video Recorder system.
  • Is a modular system which is designed to integrate seamlessly with existing Petards Rail solutions and to complement existing infrastructure with minimal disruption to operations.
  • Comes equipped with robust password protection ensuring that only authorised personnel can access functionality and critical data.

Our PTeye solution is safety accredited to the following standards: UK Rail Group Standard RIS-2703-RST-Iss-2, EN 50155, EN 50121-3-2, EN50128, EN50125, EN50153 and EN45545.

 

Interested to know more? Contact our team to find out how our PTeye solution can help your organisation.

 

 

Source: Rail Safety and Standards Board, Platform Train Interface, https://www.rssb.co.uk/what-we-do/key-industry-topics/platform-train-interface

Launch Of New Technology Designed To Save Lives