Stuttgart/Berlin - Since January, Deutsche Bahn has been testing occupancy information on the station indicators in the S-Bahn network in the Stuttgart region. The information is visualized in 3 levels by means of passenger pictograms and displayed to the waiting passengers on the platform before the train arrives.
The data required for this from the vehicles is supplied in real time by the recently successfully approved and certified Automatic Passenger Counting System (APC) of INTERAUTOMATION Deutschland GmbH, which was implemented in collaboration and cooperation with ALSTOM (formerly Bombardier) for the S-Bahn series 423.
The quality requirements for systems for occupancy determination are currently still being discussed in the industry and in regulatory bodies. For this reason, and because the passenger numbers determined are also used for revenue sharing and traffic planning, the high certification requirements were applied in accordance with the strict rules of VDV-457. Passing the counting accuracy requirements of 99% is by no means a matter of course, since so-called systematic errors in particular (such as categorical under- or over-counting of boarding or alighting passengers) can have a negative impact even with the smallest deviations in the face of very high counting accuracy requirements and small permissible tolerances. The satisfaction of all involved was therefore great when the system was even able to demonstrate counting accuracies of more than 99.5% in the comparative count for boarding and alighting passengers.
Not least because of the passing of these high hurdles, the counting data is likely to be used in the future for the distribution of fare revenues.
In addition to recording passenger numbers, the system is also to be used to count bicycles in the future. This has already been technically realized. The associated recognition algorithms are currently being optimized and trained. The challenge lies in the small number of bicycles on the train compared to the number of passengers, as well as in the reliable recognition of the variety of different types of bicycles.
Manuel Mang, Managing Director of INTERAUTOMATION, says:
"We are pleased that we have been able to successfully implement another project for our customers with the completion of the official certification and that we are contributing to attractive public transport with our experience and solutions."
After 4 years it's that time again - it's InnoTrans in Berlin! As a Berlin based company, we will of course not miss the opportunity to be there as an exhibitor.
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Where you can find us?
As always, you will find us at the Berlin-Brandenburg joint stand in the CityCube (Hall B, Stand 320).
Who always wanted to know how passenger-counts are formed automatically and how these numbers can be applied in a variety of contexts and analyses, is more than welcome to join the
Fläminger Kreativsause, 9th of August 2022 at 11:00 am, in COCONAT Workation Retreat in Bad Belzig
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At the End of June, we were able to firstly introduce our new passenger-information-system (PIS) on two of the Stadler-vehicles (“Marie” and “Jeanne”) of the tramway Mont Blanc of Haute Savoie Council, in cooperation with our partners ErvoCom AG.
Various Functioning-tests in interaction with the TFT- and LED-Displays in the interior as well as the complete acoustic announcement-systems were scheduled for the day.
Besides Standard use cases, like the output of information regarding the „trip progress“, the „next stop“ and the „train destination“, immediate-operator-control-actions of the driver on the drivers display to control the displays and announcements were also tested.
A nice addition is the infotainment function that makes it possible to play videos between stops or to show live-positions of the train on a map.
Data management of the PIS as well as the infotainment content is provided by the InCloud.PIS backend system.
On the occasion of the 50th Jubilee of INTERAUTOMATION Deutschland GmbH, our team went on a weekend trip to the beautiful Erzgebirge.
In addition to a fascinating guided tour through a mine of the historical mining region, the highlights of the weekend included several stages of travel on the Preßnitztalbahn railroad and a hike up to the Fichtelberg with following 1.500m drive-down with the worlds longest Fly-Line.
Once again, big thanks to the Orga team and to Manuel Mang for the good preparation and catering as well as to our colleagues, that all contributed to this wonderful weekend.
More pictures and a detailed description of the trip can be found on our LinkedIn-profile:https://www.linkedin.com/company/interautomation-deutschland-gmbh/ - we are looking forward to seeing you there :)
We would like to thank all visitors, colleagues and partners who made this year's IT-Trans a special event. We enjoyed the personal conversations very much and will need the coming weeks to process the many information, suggestions and work orders.
We are already looking forward to seeing you again in the fall at Innotrans in Berlin with all those who have already planned a visit.
A toast 🥂 to 50 years of company history. 🎉 🎉 🎉
On the 6th of March, 50 years ago, Paul Mang laid the foundation for today's INTERAUTOMATION Deutschland GmbH. Together with our colleagues and employees, we are looking forward to the next 50 years.
We are pleased to inform you, that INTERAUTOMATION is a part of this year's Railway Forum. As part of the community-stand of the VDB (Verband der Bahnindustrie Deutschland) we are looking foward to meeting you and exchanging the latest news regarding the railway industry.