Embedded software and hardware company Eurotech recently announced its computing platform will be utilized as part of Positive Train Control applications being deployed in railroads in the United States.
The PTC applications, which incorporate dedicated hardware and embedded railroad software, are designed to increase train safety through a complex system that involves monitoring and controlling train movements.
According to Eurotech, PTC technology is set to be installed on approximately 160,000 miles of railroad track in the U.S. by 2015. The new hardware and railroad software is also set to be integrated in approximately 30,000 rail vehicles.
Under the Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, installation of interoperable PTC systems is mandated for railroads across the country.
Fred Pot, business development manager for Meteorcomm, said the development process for railroad software and hardware solutions is a complex one. "Developing certified, interoperable PTC systems has the potential to be an extremely complex process for an intelligent system created to read rail sensors and communicate via wayside messaging servers," he said.
Many companies working to create sophisticated railroad software utilize embedded software testing tools to ensure the reliability and robustness of their products.