RFID for railway applications

RFID components for use in rail and bus traffic

RFID components for several applications

RFID components for use in rail and bus traffic
FEIG has been developing and producing RFID technology for more than 30 years and offers a wide range of UHF products for use in rail and bus transport. Long range readers for use along the track as well as the long range reader ID LRU1002X for on-board solutions tested according to EN 50 155 enable a wide range of applications to make traffic systems more efficient, safer and more reliable. 
Loop detectors for traffic monitoring are also offered.
RFID readers and detectors basically transmit the read / detected data to the respective higher-level monitoring or control system.

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Long Range Applications

Long Range Applications

Due to the required reading ranges, only UHF readers can be used for rail applications. UHF readers can be considered for rail applications. Here, long range readers achieve maximum reading ranges of up to 16m.

 

On-board applications

On-board applications

For on-board applications, the ID LRU1002X is a reader that is tested in accordance with the EN 50 155 railroad standard, among other things, and thus meets the requirements with regard to use in rolling stock.

 

Mid Range Applications

Mid Range Applications

Mid Range readers are also available for encoding transponders in the factory, as well as mobile devices for maintenance and service purposes.

 

 

 

Control of barrier systems

Control of barrier systems

Single and multi-channel detectors for the control of barrier systems complete our range for railroad applications.

 

 

 

 

Industrial UHF long range reader tested according to railway standard

ID LRU1002X is a high performance UHF RFID reader with 4 antenna inputs.

Due to the required reading ranges, only UHF readers can be considered for railway applications. Here, long range readers achieve maximum reading ranges of up to 16 m.
For on-board applications, the ID LRU1002X is a reader that is tested - among other things - according to the railway standard EN 50 155 and thus meets the requirements for use in rolling stock.
Mid-range readers are also available for encoding transponders in the factory, as well as mobile devices for maintenance and service purposes.
Single and multi-channel detectors for controlling barrier systems complete our range for railway applications.

UHF long range reader with read ranges up to 16 m

For RFID applications along the track, FEIG offers with the ID LRU3500 the flagship of the UHF reader programme, in addition to the ID LRU1002 and the ID LRU3000. With an output power of up to 4 W, it is the most powerful reader with a maximum reading range of up to 16 m. Furthermore, it offers additional features for special applications with a maximum number of interfaces and I/Os as well as an integrated LINUX operating system.
Just like all other long range readers, the ID LRU3500 convinces users with a robust metal housing, high reception and reading speed, 4 antenna outputs with integrated multiplexer and a secure key memory.

Robust UHF antennas

The UHF antennas of FEIG ELECTRONIC are particularly characterised by their precise tuning to the various UHF operating frequencies. One variant is available for operation in the European frequency band from 865 MHz to 868 MHz and one variant for operation in the FCC band from 902 MHz to 928 MHz. The circular polarisation of the antennas allows the transponders to be detected in different orientations.
The robust antennas with protection class IP65 and TNC connectors are available in the variants ID ANT.U290/290 (65° opening angle) and ID ANT.U580/290 (30° opening angle).

Compact and robust RFID / barcode scanner

A mobile UHF reader may be required for reading and writing transponders during maintenance or service work.
ECCO+ is a compact RFID / barcode scanner that is still comfortable to use even with the thickest work gloves. Its large battery guarantees the completion of long work shifts without having to recharge in between. Four clearly arranged, freely programmable keys and its exchangeable front cover for individual labelling make it unique.
With common communication interfaces such as USB, Bluetooth and WLAN, ECCO+ can be used in a wide range of applications.

1-/2-channel loop detector for vehicle detection

In the context of traffic monitoring, induction loop detectors are used as pulse generators for opening barrier systems in addition to RFID technology.
The induction loop detectors of the MNH series guarantee extremely reliable detection of the vehicles and / or rolling stock in this application. The settings via the DIP switches enable simple and quick commissioning.
The diagnostic and service software is a powerful tool for troubleshooting and for advanced setting of functions such as sensitivity or switching hysteresis.
The variant VEK MNH2 also offers the function of direction detection.

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Application examples

For use in rail and bus transport

On-board positioning

The integration of the RFID reader in the train is simpler, cheaper and maintenance-free compared to the installation along the track. The transponder placed in the track bed as a milestone is read and the data is transmitted to the train control system. Application cases include the calibration of automatic train control systems, automatic maintenance systems such as the activation of wheel flange lubrication or the automatic extension of pantographs on both rail vehicles and electric buses.

Automatic and selective door opening

Another on-board application is the automatic and selective door opening. The reader on the train identifies the transponders placed on the platform or in the track bed, transmits the data to the higher-level system and the train control system opens the doors facing the platform.
If the train is longer than the platform, the doors are opened selectively. If platform screen doors are present, they are opened together with the train doors for the purpose of passenger exchange.

Optimization of maintenance processes

Maintenance and cleaning processes must be optimally planned and coordinated so that the long trains are also available in the morning at the beginning of rush hour. The identification of the rolling stock in conjunction with direction recognition when entering and leaving the service facilities ensures that the specified sequence for maintenance and cleaning is adhered to and documented. RFID long range readers ensure error-free identification and process optimisation.

Passenger information systems

Within the framework of passenger information systems, RFID components are used both in the vehicle and along the route.
Data from readers installed in the vehicle (transponders in the track bed or on the platform) are used to update passenger information systems on the train, while readers in the station or along the track (transponders on the train) provide data for information systems in the station.

Condition monitoring

Train control equipment can use RFID to check vehicles for safety-relevant features at line speed and thus monitor the condition of the rolling stock. RFID readers along the track ensure reliable identification of the vehicles and their orientation on the rails. This condition monitoring can optimise maintenance, save costs and prevent accidents, e.g. due to material fatigue. In many cases, various sensors are used here that write their current data to the transponder.

Traffic monitoring

Both RFID systems and loop detectors from FEIG can be considered as pulse generators for the opening of barriers after rail traffic has passed - either each on its own or together for double protection. The data transmitted to the barrier control system by the reader can be used as an opening impulse after identification of the transponders on the vehicles, as can the message from a detector. If no more detuning of the loop laid in the area of the transition can be detected, no train is present anymore in the transition area.

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FEIG ELECTRONIC has been a development partner and specialist in contactless identification (RFID), control electronics, traffic sensors and payment terminals for more than 50 years. From our headquarters in Weilburg, Germany, the ca. 400 people who work for us contribute to technological progress by developing innovative solutions for a wide range of applications and industries.

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