Metro Magazine: Webinar with Norman Mineta to discuss the benefits of IoT data

Metro Magazine: Webinar with Norman Mineta to discuss the benefits of IoT data

By Staff, June 10, 2016 METRO Magazine and LILEE Systems will host a webinar — “Connected Commuter: Giving More to Your Passengers and Getting the Most from Your Intelligent Fleet — on Thursday, June 23, at 11 a.m. PT/2 p.m. ET, featuring former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta and Girish Apte, sr. program manager, LILEE Systems. New, powerful mobile broadband solutions are streamlining operations, improving security and enabling revenue-generating passenger services for bus operators, whether they are carrying employees to work or commuters to the next stop. Reliable, high-bandwidth connectivity is critical when transforming a fleet into connected vehicles or when providing high-quality Passenger Wi-Fi. In this webinar, LILEE Systems will outline how to build an infrastructure that successfully rises to the challenges of today’s transportation market — how to convert IoT data into actionable insights, launch revenue-generating services, delight travelers, and most importantly, how to prepare for long-term success. Read...
Mass Transit: Best Practices: Implementing Positive Train Control

Mass Transit: Best Practices: Implementing Positive Train Control

By Staff, June 9, 2016   San Jose, Calif. Steve Zwart Senior Director Solutions & Software LILEE Systems There is no doubt that all U.S. Class I railroads are thinking about the 2018 Positive Train Control (PTC) installation deadline recently defined by Congress.  Massive infrastructure changes, technology development and product testing are just some of the challenge facing railroads that need to install PTC across more than 70,000 miles of track. With so many logistical roadblocks facing railroads, meeting the upcoming deadline might seem improbable. PTC solutions were essentially nonexistent prior to 2008 when Congress passed a law requiring railroads to install PTC on Class I mainlines and some other railroads. The new law meant that the rail industry had to design new solutions and update existing architecture to meet Federal Railroad Administration requirements in a short timeframe. Starting from scratch, engineers and architects had to design, develop and test new PTC products that met the new regulations. Products had to be integrated into a larger railway system, while ensuring the system remained functioning and maintainable.   Original story from Mass Transit...
Automation World: Transportation Evolves into a Digital Business

Automation World: Transportation Evolves into a Digital Business

By Jeanne Schweder, Automation World Contributing Writer, on July 9, 2015 Though the transportation industry has been slower to change than factories, there are lessons to be learned in how railroads, trucks and loading docks are using PLCs, wireless communications, networks and cloud computing to reduce costs and improve safety. Transportation is an important aspect of almost every business, whether it involves managing a factory’s supply chain or keeping rail lines functioning smoothly. Now the industry is transitioning from heavy reliance on manual labor to smart enterprises that take advantage of technology to improve performance. At the same time, this evolution is creating new business opportunities for equipment makers and automation suppliers. Though the transportation industry has been slower to change than factories, there are lessons to be learned in how railroads, trucks and loading docks are using PLCs, wireless communications, networks and cloud computing to reduce costs and make their operations safer for the people who use them and the workers who must keep vital systems functioning. Finding out how and why a piece of equipment has failed can be challenging enough within the walls of a factory. Now imagine the degree of difficulty if the equipment is hundreds of miles away. The nation’s rail system must overcome that challenge on a daily basis. Given the geographic scope of rail lines, the challenge of modernization is immense, explains Haroon Rashid, industry manager for transportation infrastructure at Phoenix Contact. “There are more than 230,000 miles of rail tracks in the U.S., both freight and passenger.” Although industry best practices call for control and communications cabinets (called trackside bungalows) every...
Supply Chain Matters: Positive Train Control Mandate for U.S. Railroads: Another Burdensome Cost or Opportunity?

Supply Chain Matters: Positive Train Control Mandate for U.S. Railroads: Another Burdensome Cost or Opportunity?

January 30, 2015 – This author recently had the opportunity to speak with LILEE Systems, a provider of advanced wired and wireless communication products and services for the transportation industry. Our interest was prompted by learning of a relatively new product termed locomotive messaging and application server (LMS) that provides freight and passenger railroad operators the ability to achieve Positive Train Control (PTC) compliance. Beyond our cool impressions of this technology, our conversations focused on the potential other customer service focused opportunities that such technology can provide not only to railroad operations but other transportation services as well. Our readers may or may not be aware of the term Positive Train Control. Wikipedia cites The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) as describing Positive Train Control as having the primary characteristics for: Train separation or collision avoidance Line speed enforcement Temporary speed restrictions Rail worker wayside safety “A train receives information about its location and where it is allowed to safely travel, also known as movement authorities. Equipment on board the train then enforces this, preventing unsafe movement.” In September 2008, the United States Congress passed a new rail safety law, The Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008, which sets a deadline of December 15, 2015, for implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) technology across most of the U.S. rail network. Thus far, many class 1 U.S. railroads and passenger rail operators have communicated challenges in meeting this December’s deadline for PTC. LILEE Systems can best be characterized as a silicon valley technology start-up serving a classic, conservative transportation business culture. LILEE was founded in 2009 and its founders feature extensive wireless telecommunications, network and software defined radio backgrounds. LILEE’s customers and partners include 5 of the...