At RAILTEX 2017, HARTING, long established as a major supplier of connectivity and networking solutions for transport applications, is featuring new diversified systems in the fields of radio-frequency identification (RFID) and industrial computing for rail applications.
As the rail industry continues to grow and diversify, HARTING has expanded its product offering to meet the industry’s developing market requirements. One new offering to the market is MICA – Modular Industry Computer Architecture – which is being demonstrated with an RFID reading system for both platform and train-mounted applications.
MICA is an open architecture industrial computer system that is extremely compact, with dimensions of 13 × 8 × 3.5 cm, robust and virtually maintenance-free. The system is designed for harsh industrial and railway environments, and is resistant to dust, moisture and temperature fluctuations. MICA has a modular design architecture made from open hardware and software components, and remote servicing can be performed with a web browser.
An RFID system implemented with MICA at its heart offers a variety of solutions for applications such as platform-side detection, driver authentication and wheel-rim lubrication monitoring. With the possibility to retrofit existing systems with minimal cost and time requirements, MICA is a game changer for the rail industry.
HARTING is also featuring its expertise in rail connectivity systems, including Ethernet backbone communications using the Han Modular range of heavy–duty industrial connectors, rugged unmanaged Ethernet switches and M12 circular connectors.
HARTING offers complete cable assembly solutions for rail applications with their HCS (HARTING Customised Solutions) service, which provides support from the design stage through to implementation and beyond. These include the design and assembly of intercar jumper cable assemblies designed to perform with increased data rates for high-speed signals along the train backbone. The requirement for consistent quality and signal integrity at 40 Gbit/s on trains has been addressed by HARTING with the use of customised backplanes, which meet IRIS certification requirements for the rail industry.