Echelon Case Studies Smart System-wide Control System for Santa Clara Trains
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Smart System-wide Control System for Santa Clara Trains

Echelon
Smart System-wide Control System for Santa Clara Trains
Transportation
Maintenance
Smart City Operations

The key for the Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority train system is flexibility and modularity based on passenger volume and changing car configurations.

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The Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority that is responsible for transporting much of Silicon Valley's residents.

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The use of a set of LonWorks® communications chips from Echelon was crucial in monitoring and keeping the whole system together.

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Maintenance Requirements, Vehicle Location Tracking, Vehicle Status, Visitor Volume
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Mature (technology has been on the market for > 5 years)
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[Process Optimization - Real Time Asset Tracking]
Echelon's chips allow for the numerous components of the elaborate train system from the train doors and windows all the way to the braking and propulsion systems to be carefully tracked for functionality and maintenance reasons.
[Cost Reduction - IT]
In the past, wires were used to run the monitoring systems. However, with this kind of set-up there is no need for large amounts of bandwidth. With interconnection kept to a minimum, the system is independent of an external wireless network or on power lines.
[Data Management - Data Collection]
This kind of data gathering and monitoring is important to the Santa Clara Valley Transit Authority's mission of preserving these older, classic trains.
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