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Bombardier Trains and Cisco Systems – Connecting the Human Network

July 31, 2012
at 2:29 pm PST

For those of us who didn’t know, Bombardier builds what they call “complete,  sustainable rail transportation systems’. These  days that’s important.

Bombardier’s customers are transit agencies around the world, and the company must continually innovate to help its customers operate trains efficiently, safely, and with a superior passenger experience. Bombardier came to Cisco for assistance in developing an on-board network that will give its customers efficient, cost-effective capabilities that enhance the passenger experience.

Peter Granger, Industry Marketing Manager talks about Bombardier’s implementation of a ruggedized mobile network

Customer comment: “Transit agencies purchase their railcar systems with the expectation of them lasting for many years,” says Erik Larsen, Engineering Specialist II, Network Communications and Security for Bombardier. “Cisco helped us design a network that provides leading-edge industrial intelligence to support agencies’ strategies for attracting and maintaining ridership while easily scaling to meet their changing needs over time.”

Bombardier’s network solution is based on Cisco® Industrial Ethernet 3000 (IE 3000) and IE 3010 Series switches. The switches are deployed in the front and back of each car so that cars can be easily coupled together to create a complete network.

Cisco IE 3000 and 3010 Series switches are ruggedized for harsh environmental conditions, such as the temperature extremes and vibrations inherent in train transport. With a flexible, modular design and the ability to use DC power, the Cisco IE 3000 and 3010 Series switches work with the DC power used by the train without requiring electrical adaptation.

“There are numerous options for basic connectivity and passing train control and sensor information,” says Larsen. “However, Cisco brought its vast expertise in networking, voice, and video, together with a deep understanding of our business and goals to the project. We simplified and future-proofed our offerings while retaining the flexibility to customize trains to our customers’ needs.”

That’s something Cisco spends time on -- understanding customer issues and the customer goals. The Customer Case Study: Train Manufacturer Builds Future into Transit Customers’ Rail-cars, goes into lot of detail on the implementation. To find out more click the link. As always -- let us know your views -- are you doing anything like this?

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