Deutsche Bahn's Real-Time System for Passenger Travel Information Powered by Cinterion M2M Solution
Cinterion, the global leader in cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) communication modules and a Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO) company, announces its M2M technology is powering Deutsche Bahn's new dynamic passenger information system. Deutsche Bahn, the chief railway network operator in Germany, is implementing the cost effective system in train stations across the country to deliver up-to-the-minute information on departures and delays, helping passengers manage itineraries and relieve travel stress.
The new passenger information system, known in Germany as “DSA - Dynamischer Schriftanzeiger”, is being deployed in smaller and often remote train stations where hard-wired solutions used in larger railway stations are too costly and time-consuming to install. It harnesses the power of the Cinterion TC65 connectivity solution to distribute real-time train travel updates from Deutsche Bahn's central passenger information server over wireless networks to weather-proof display screens on the train platforms. Embedded with JavaTM technology, the Cinterion terminal manages and maintains continuous operation of the information displays. In addition, Cinterion's audio interface generates voice messages, which are broadcast over train station loudspeakers.
“The Cinterion Java terminal was easy to integrate and really helped to keep costs down by eliminating the need of extra processors and audio technology,” said Klaus Wilting, Chief Information & Technology Officer of Deutsche Bahn Station&Service AG. “Cinterion enables reliable communication even in remote areas for improved customer service and highly efficient schedule reporting at thousands of small stations and unmanned platforms.”
“Our plug-and-play M2M terminal enables Deutsche Bahn to improve schedule accuracy by providing continuous updates to train stations where wired connectivity is unavailable or cost-prohibitive,” said Norbert Muhrer, CEO of Cinterion. “The enhanced system demonstrates how M2M technology can vastly improve daily life experience by keeping passengers informed with convenience.”
The Deutsche Bahn solution is being deployed in more than 4,000 railway stations throughout Germany with approximately 3,000 display units already operational and another 3,500 expected by 2015. The project was partially funded by Konjunkturpaket I and II, two economic stimulus packages sponsored by the German government.
About Cinterion, a Gemalto Company
Cinterion, the machine-to-machine (M2M) segment of Gemalto (Euronext NL 0000400653 GTO), is the industry pioneer for wireless M2M communication and market leader for more than 15 years. Cinterion enables businesses to succeed in a complex M2M ecosystem by offering expertise, security, simplicity and partnership. Cinterion's award-winning products and services connect people, machines, equipment and vehicles over wireless networks, helping enterprises simplify operations, increase efficiency and establish new business models. Equipment makers, integrators, MNOs, and end-users rely on Cinterion for leading-edge wireless M2M communication modules, Machine Identification Modules (MIMs), MIM personalization capabilities plus a trusted and secure, cloud-based Service Delivery Platform for any M2M application. Cinterion powers cellular communications for: telematics and automotive applications, tracking and tracing, industrial mobile computing, metering and smart grid, payment systems, healthcare, security systems, routers and gateways, remote maintenance and control and more.
Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO) is the world leader in digital security with 2011 annual revenues of €2 billion and more than 10,000 employees operating out of 74 offices and 14 Research & Development centers in 43 countries.
We are at the heart of our evolving digital society. Billions of people worldwide increasingly want the freedom to communicate, travel, shop, bank, entertain and work – anytime, anywhere – in ways that are convenient, enjoyable and secure. Gemalto delivers on their expanding needs for personal mobile services, identity protection, payment security, authenticated online services, cloud computing access, modern transportation, M2M communication, eHealthcare and eGovernment services.
Gemalto develops secure software that runs on trusted devices which we design and personalize. We manage these devices, the confidential data they contain and the services they enable, throughout their life cycle. We innovate so that our clients can offer more ways of enhancing the convenience and security of their end-users' digital lives.
Gemalto is thriving with the growing number of people using its software and secure devices to interact in the digital and wireless world.
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