Onboard Passenger Information Systems

Hosted Passenger Information Systems with TRX R6

Increasingly, smartphone applications are provided to enable passengers to track where their train is and its arrival time. This is perfect for commuters who regularly use the train operator’s services, but infrequent service users, such as business travelers or tourists, don’t want to invest in the setup time. Therefore, physical displays must be provided to present this information, with a need for real-time data.

The TRX R6 comes with integrated GPS and is used to calculate where the train is. Furthermore, the TRX R6 can directly drive the onboard HDMI displays. TRX comes with a range of communications interfaces, and the ability to host virtual machines, which greatly simplifies the deployment and management of the passenger information system.

The TRX’s integrated graphics processing unit (iGPU) is passed through to the guest operating system so that the virtual machine can fully drive the passenger information systems. The virtual machine is used to drive multiple displays, with 4K support @60Hz and dedicated transcoding capabilities,  ideal for high definition real-time information displays. Train operators can now easily present GPS positioning on a map, train timetables, or any other journey-related information. The passenger information system can also leverage additional information gathered from other onboard devices, such as a passenger counting device, seat occupancy, and more.

Image: Televic Information Display with bathroom availability information


Furthermore, it is possible to host a video capture device on an expansion slot in the TRX, that can be passed through to the guest virtual machine, to drive legacy displays such as composite video or CVBS.

TRX R6 is a one-box solution to drive Passenger Information Systems on commuter’s smartphones and in-train displays
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