Who hasn’t heard the following?
“The rail industry is very conservative……”
“Standardisation is impossible……”
“We as car builders have to offer unique solutions
“Project design costs (non-recurring) are far
“We want the newest, state-of-the-art technology…..”
“We want fewer spare parts on stock without jeopardising up-time….”
“Your parts are obsolete and require a re-design.....”
“Your delivery time for spare parts is too long…..”
Technology is changing rapidly – day2day
Today’s consumer has become accustomed to the exponential development
rates for consumer electronics, driven by the entertainment industry.
New products and concepts are being churned out two-three times a year.
Rapid global deployment of mobile telephones, 3G and 4G internet
solutions and newer, thinner, more energy-effective devices are
spreading information technology and opportunities for more efficient
use of their time are likewise creating new demands among passengers and
challenging all companies who supply information systems directed at
New mix of challenges
Typically, IT systems for passenger information in trains have been
designed specifically for each project. Each OEM car builder has their
own internal design standards and concepts, which suppliers must meet,
guaranteeing Fit, Form and Function for typically a 30-year car
lifetime. At least one global OEM operates with multiple sets of
internal standards dependent upon how many engineering departments they
employ and how many geographical sites they occupy.
Train operators on the other hand are increasingly focusing on energy
efficiency, flexibility, lifetime costs and responsiveness to new
trends, but are limited by the rolling stock they employ. Often the
requirements of the car builders and their supply chain are out of
alignment with the needs and expectations of the train operators and
finally with those of the passengers.
So the challenge for companies who serve the entire supply chain, from
OEM car builder to train operator to maintenance company, is to develop a
business model to address these often conflicting interests both in the
case of new builds and retrofits.
Offering scalable, customisable, standardized solutions is in our opinion the only way forward.
A WIN situation for all
Basic electronics in these systems is ideally based on standard
componentry. Volume is probably the single most important cost driver in
electronics production – so it is imperative to get as large economies
of scale as possible. Scalability and customisation are best achieved in
the software in the heart of these systems. .. (Of course there is also
a degree of latitude in design of the visible devices to match the
space and ergonomics of the car design).
Software can also be standardized and yet customisable. Using a modular
approach, new functionality can be added as the need arises. If this
flexibility is designed into the trains from the beginning, the
information systems can be adapted and upgraded over time at
substantially lower costs than today. New functionality and new devices
can be added to the basic product backbone without having to replace the
We believe this WWW approach (WIN/WIN/WIN) allows the train builder and
the train operator to become more responsive to the information needs of
the customer – THE PASSENGER.
Value for money through proven solutions
From one-off project to proven solutions that build on standardization and scalability
If you recognized any of the opening statements … you should look into
FOCON’s latest PIS / CIS platform. A platform built listening to the
‘customer’s voice’ and innovative thinking. With help from key industry
people, passengers, train builders, operators and consultancy companies
we have acquired an in-depth insight into current and future needs
within rolling stock and built our newest PIS / CIS generation around
it. We have designed it in a standardized way utilizing proven building
blocks that may be configured into exactly your requirements.
Not only is it proven, it’s also easy upgradeable over time. You can
start with a basic PIS system and easily upgrade later with our
advanced, yet cost-effective infotainment system, route-info system or
other special features from our standard option packages.
Our IMAGINE platform is not just a standalone PIS solution where you may
add your choice of options, it is effectively supported by a strong,
customizable, aftersales concept InMotion ensuring optimum up-time and
lifetime costs, by maximizing availability of spares and service with
proven products of high reliability.
FOCON stands today as a market-leading solution provider whose core
capabilities are integrated solutions consisting of total project
management, software programming and software-friendly hardware. Our new
platforms are IP-based and include, among others, options such as
infotainment, CCTV, and disruption messaging.
As a member of Luminator Technology Group, and IRIS and ISO certified,
we offer proven processes and global presence for the rolling stock
market. We provide solutions ranging from LRV (Light Rail Vehicles) over
Commuter and Regional trains, Metros and Undergrounds to high-speed
trains. Other Group companies excel in systems for buses.
We offer an excellent choice for those seeking solutions for the future,
solutions that may be scaled up going forward and which may be run with
a highly competitive level of lifetime costs. Our concept has been
well-received by our extensive reference list of both leading train
operators and train builders.
Let us challenge you with our smart solutions – you can’t IMAGINE all the possibilities that open to you.
More information is to be found on FOCON’s
or by contacting FOCON
directly. Contact information is also available on the company’s website