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Kowloon Canton Rail Corporation (KCRC) Hong Kong East Rail

INDUSTRY

Intelligent Transportation

APPLICATION

Railway Control Operations

BENEFITS

  • Provides a flexible solution for an expanding system
  • Real-time reflection of incoming data
  • Reliable solution cut maintenance costs

THE CHALLENGE

The Hong Kong East Rail, owned by Kowloon Canton Rail Corporation (KCRC), consists of both passenger and freight rail services. The East Rail comprises 21 miles (34 kilometers) of railway, which includes 14 stations and carries about 800,000 passengers per day and more than 1 million tons of freight per year. In addition, KCRC regulates 42 passenger trains and nearly 450 train cars. Passenger trains run 19.5 hours per day and freight trains run 24 hours traveling between Hong Kong East Rail and mainland China. Hong Kong’s East Rail provides vital infrastructure to one of the world’s largest cities and has plans for continual expansion.

A complex and growing transportation system such as Hong Kong’s East Rail required a simple graphics solution to improve intelligent transportation system reliability, availability, maintainability and safety.

THE SOLUTION

Sammi was selected as the graphical solution for the new rail control center to help manage and control railway operations. Realtime data reflection and response is imperative for KCRC’s operations, and Sammi’s architecture delivers a proven, reliable solution for a detailed and heterogeneous system. Operations are displayed in real-time and are wholly reliable, providing the system availability and safety necessary to run both passenger and freight control.

In fact, Kinesix’s partner in the KCRC project, Invensys Rail Systems, reported 100% on-time train schedules and system availability of at least 99.998%. Such impressive reliability reduces maintenance and operations costs due to maintainability, and is made possible with the real-time graphical solutions provided by the Kinesix Sammi product.

Integrated user interfaces that replaced existing user interfaces were transparent to the user. KCRC used Sammi to replicate existing user interfaces making the transition to the new system painless for system operators. This ability to re-create user interfaces that were already in place lowered staff training costs and assured a smooth transition to the new system.

Sammi® is a registered trademark of Kinesix Software.

MTR Corporation Hong Kong Subway System

INDUSTRY

Intelligent Transportation

APPLICATION

Subway Control Operations

BENEFITS

  • Provides a flexible solution for an expanding system
  • Real-time reflection of incoming data.

THE CHALLENGE

The Hong Kong Subway System carries an average of 2.3 million passengers every day throughout a network of 50 stations covering 54.5 miles. The Hong Kong Subway System is one of the most highly utilized mass transit systems in the world. MTR owns and operates the Hong Kong Subway System and has been confirmed by recent benchmarking studies as one of the world’s finest railways for reliability, customer service and cost efficiency.

Trains within the subway system are operated with automatic control and protection systems which regulate the distance between trains, determine the optimal rates of acceleration and braking as well as the coasting speeds on different sections of the track. The routing and timing of train movements are controlled by signaling computer systems according to scheduled timetables from the MTR Control Center.

The Hong Kong subway system is a large and complex transportation system to manage. With expansion always on the horizon, and a Hong Kong population approaching 8 million, MTR required a traffic management system that could not only handle its system complexities, but grow and expand with the system.

THE SOLUTION

Sammi was selected to supply the graphic interface to the Hong Kong Subway System because of its impressive features and ability to grow with the dynamic system MTR provides. Sammi can read and process quickly the many outside applications supplying data and algorithms that control the more than 1,000 subway cars in the Hong Kong Subway. This interpretation is reflected in real-time in Sammi’s graphical interfaces.

The resulting benefits of using a reliable solution such as Sammi include improved response times to incidents, service disruptions and emergency situations, lower cost of maintenance, and a common user interface across distributed terminals that reduces staff training costs.

Sammi® is a registered trademark of Kinesix Software.

Invensys Rail Systems The Canada Line in Vancouver, Canada

INDUSTRY

Intelligent Transportation

APPLICATION

Light Rail Control operations

BENEFITS

  • Allows users to view multiple systems simultaneously across numerous workstations
  • Improve efficiency to reduce costs and create higher ROI results
  • Enhance operational capability while utilizing hundreds of dynamic graphic screens

THE CHALLENGE

Vancouver is a city and metropolitan area that is growing extremely fast. To service the needs of a suburban population soon to exceed 3 million, the Canada Line is a vital link. This driverless rapid transit system will run north-south, connecting downtown Vancouver with Richmond, the Vancouver International Airport and Sea Island.

The Canada Line is a truly ground-breaking, unmanned light rail system and is the first public-private partnership (PPP) project to be completed in North America. Commissioned in August 2009 – 3 months ahead of schedule, the system will be a key part of passenger movement for the 2010 Winter Olympics. It will carry 100,000 passengers per day at launch and 142,000 passengers by 2021.

The line covers 19km, both underground and above ground, and the project includes a bored tunnel, a cut-and-cover tunnel, and two-directional track running either side-by-side or stacked on separate decks. There are a total of 16 stations along the route: nine in Vancouver, four in Richmond and three on Sea Island, though there are plans for expansion in the future.

THE SOLUTION

To build such a well-integrated command system, Vancouver turned to Invensys Rail Systems and its graphics partners at Kinesix, a move that proved to be especially
effective since the two companies had already collaborated on several other mass-transit projects. Most recently in North-East Asia for the Beijing Metro Line 5 Subway System. An 11 line expansion in preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games.

Working together, Invensys Rail & Kinesix developed a unique and powerful command-and-control system for The Canada Line known as the SystematICS- Integrated Control Center Solution. The SystematICS allows personnel in operational center to view multiple systems simultaneously and easily – which means they are able to understand exactly what is happening across the entire light rail line at all times.

A key element of this capability is this system’s graphical-user interface, which is based on Kinesix’s well-established Sammi product. Thanks to Sammi, the system allows workers in the transit-control center to access hundreds of dynamic displays including full color charts, graphs, meters, buttons, scales, menus and maps. This extremely large set of displays is part and parcel to the SystematICS’s capabilities, mainly due to it allowing personnel to view key data for multiple systems and train stations in numerous configurations.

What’s more, Sammi uses a highly sophisticated runtime engine to ensure that Vancouver’s workers are able to use these graphics across dozens of synchronized workstations in real-time. This runtime engine is considered to be extremely powerful – largely because of its ability to process large amounts of back-end data from the various transit control systems at once, feeding this data into any one of the hundreds of graphic displays supported by the SystematICS.

After this, another successful deployment, Invensys Rail plans to continue its marriage to the Kinesix product line by migrating to our latest and greatest tool, KX EDGE Studio. This step will allow Invensys Rail to increase development efficiency which will lead to longer term ROI. All while taking advantage of cutting edge dynamic graphics technology.

Sammi® is a registered trademark of Kinesix Software.

“Integrating numerous control functions into a single operational system requires a human-machine interface capable of displaying huge volumes of streaming data across dozens of workstations. Fortunately, Kinesix’s Sammi software has made it possible for Vancouver to do just that, offering capabilities that meet very demanding requirements.” -IPS Rail Systems