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RISC-Based Multi-WWAN Computers for Reliable Train-to-Ground Data Communication

Sep 07, 2017

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Brea, California, September 7, 2017—One of the biggest challenges in modern rolling stock systems is establishing a solid and dependable communication network between a fast-moving train and the stations along the track. Wireless train-to-ground communication is the link that connects many advanced train services, such as automatic train operation (ATO) and passenger Wi-Fi systems. In order to meet the stringent requirements of these systems, wireless devices must be able to consistently deliver reliable connectivity and sufficient bandwidth to support all the applications that count on train-to-ground communication systems.

Moxa’s newly launched UC-8580 is a RISC-based multi-WWAN industrial computing platform designed specifically for seamless vehicle-to-ground communication. The UC-8580 is provided with four slots for installing wireless modules. One of these slots supports Wi-Fi module and the remaining three can be used for 3G/LTE cellular modules. Each cellular module is provided with two SIM card slots to support redundant cellular network communication and geo-fencing SIM card selection, which you can implement by leveraging the built-in Wireless Manager—Moxa’s software utility for cellular and Wi-Fi management.

The UC-8580’s single-sided I/O design is ideal for space-limited vehicle applications. With its front-side access panel design, the computer allows for convenient installation and replacement of wireless modules, SIM cards, and mSATA cards without needing to unmount the entire unit from the wall, thereby simplifying maintenance tasks.

The UC-8580 uses an open platform based on Debian 8 with Linux Kernel 4.1, allowing solution providers to manage software packages via Debian’s APT, or develop software applications with Moxa’s API Library and GNU C Library.

UC-8580 Series Highlights

  • Complies with all EN 50155 mandatory test items
  • -40 to 70°C (Tx) operating temperature range for harsh environments
  • Supports up to 3 WWAN connections and 2 SIM card slots per cellular module
  • Supports 1 WLAN (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac) connection
  • Single-side I/O design to reduce installation space and simplify maintenance
  • Isolated 24 to 110 VDC power input with power-ignition function suitable for vehicle applications

For more information on the UC-8580 Series RISC-based multi-WWAN computing platform or to get a quote, please visit here.

To learn how to use UC-8580 in your train-to-ground applications, download the application note.

About Moxa

Moxa is a leader in edge connectivity, industrial computing, and network infrastructure solutions for enabling connectivity for the Industrial Internet of Things. With over 35 years of industry experience, Moxa has connected more than 102 million devices worldwide and has a distribution and service network to serve customers in more than 85 countries.

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