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14 | 09 | 2012


Safeguarding centralised operations

Centralisation is the key to cost-effective and efficient railway operations. In the realm of signalling and traffic management, the trend towards centralisation has led to the rise of large operation control centres (OCCs), each controlling many hundreds of kilometres of track.

Bigger, more deeply-integrated OCCs deliver enormous benefits. Among them, enhanced safety, increased capacity, improved competitiveness, productivity gains and better services to rail customers. But there are risks, too: the scale of today’s centralised operations can make it difficult to maintain control in the event of a crisis – unless the right tools are in place. 

Visualise and control

Thales’ OCC application for crisis management provides tools that allow operators to stay in control when things go wrong. “Our 

Everything needed to visualise, understand and control a crisis is brought together in a single environment

Because the solution is
built around Thales Hypervisor 
technology, it's extremely flexible.  
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solution provides main line operators and infrastructure managers with the ability to visualise and respond to any kind of emergency, including extreme weather events or flooding that can have an impact across the entire control area,” explains Martin Oster, Key Account Manager for ÖBB, Thales Austria.  

The crisis management application is based on service-proven Thales Hypervisor technology. As well as generating alarms, the application provides situation awareness, offers decision support and can even predict what might happen next in the event of a crisis. 

The solution also includes functions that allow operators to rehearse and train for any eventuality, with crisis virtualisation, simulation and modelling. Tools and visualisations are delivered via an ergonomic and user-friendly interface.

InnoTrans demonstration 

At InnoTrans, visitors will get the chance to experience the solution first hand. The demonstrator, which uses real-world data, provides a simulation and visualisation of two hypothetical crisis scenarios. 

The first focuses on the impact of flooding at a key interlocking in the vicinity of a railway station. In a second scenario, the model simulates the impact of a lightning strike on the signalling system. Initially, only single components of the interlocking are affected. However, this leads eventually to the breakdown of the entire installation – with all the associated consequences for rail operations. 

The incidents are visualised on three interacting screens. One displays detailed alarm information, with status alerts generated by signalling system components such as interlocking modules, points and signals. 

Comprehensive mapping data is also displayed; this is enriched 
with inputs from meteorological sensors including wind and rain gauges. Operational applications – such as Thales’ ARAMIS traffic management and dispatching solution – are also automatically available on screen. 

“Everything needed to visualise, understand and control a crisis is brought together in a single environment,” says Mr Oster. “The solution also provides powerful simulation tools, allowing operators 

to explore and experiment with ‘what if’ scenarios to refine their procedures.” 

Predictive functions of this sort are not only vital for training purposes, but can also play a vital part in a real emergency, allowing operators to deploy resources ahead of time to prevent escalation – and assist in disaster recovery. 

Future-proof security

Thales’ OCC crisis management application underlines the way that the fusion of data from diverse and remote sources – such as signalling systems and meteorological sensors – can transform the way a crisis is identified, visualised, managed and resolved.

Because the solution is built around Thales Hypervisor technology, it’s extremely flexible, allowing customers to integrate new types of data – and procedures – as their requirements change.

“Operators can easily customise the solution and embed their own processes to meet operational needs,” says Mr Oster. “These can include workflows, decision support tools and documented procedures.” 

Thales’ OCC crisis management application forms an essential part of the new generation of operation control centres. But – equally – it can also be used to upgrade existing systems, allowing operators everywhere to benefit from increased security of operation and the confidence of a consistent response in the event of a crisis.

• Situation awareness – with maps, data and alarms
• Trusted platform – leverages Thales Hypervisor technology
• User friendly – ergonomic and intuitive operator interface
• Modular – additional equipment, sensors and workflows can be added easily
• Scalable – from single to complex business applications
• Mission preparedness – test and train for any eventuality

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