22 May 2012
Government Minister seeks out KeTech
The Minister of State for Transport, the Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP made a point of visiting the KeTech stand at this year’s Infrarail Exhibition, held at the NEC in Birmingham. The Minister had opened the exhibition with her keynote speech emphasising the need for capital investment that would lead to operating cost reductions and an improved service to passengers.
Following her speech, she headed for the KeTech stand to meet KeTech’s CEO, Mr Steve Berg. The Minister and Mr Berg discussed how KeTech’s product development programmes were an example of how innovation leads to improvements in Passenger Safety and Passenger Information whilst improving the Cost Effectiveness of investment by rail operators. The Minister was particularly interested in KeTech’s KeAddress, KeInform, Ke3G, Multi-Modal and Platform-to Train system offerings.
KeAddress is a Long Line Public Address system, providing a modern ‘App’ based look and feel to a traditional railway retail communications system. Offering central control of live, scheduled and pre-recorded audio announcements to a group of stations, line of route or Train Operating Company; the first system of its type to be installed in the UK.
KeInform provides real time information on train services to the passengers on the station, offering central control operators the ability to monitor, manage and alter services remotely, direct to a station display. KeInform is the first networked Customer Information System to be fed from the centralised national train information database ‘Darwin’ and to provide real time data into the same national system.
Ke3G is a network portal into a station, offering long line wireless communications from a control centre direct to the station infrastructure. KeTech offer a managed service with this system, tailored to meet the specific requirements and throughput of a station, minimising high network charges for under-utilised bandwidth usage. One or all of a stations retail communications system can be connected via the Ke3G system, with only one unit required to be installed at each station.
Multi-modal: Integrating KeAddress and KeInform to provide both audio and visual real time information to a range of transport modes, the KeTech multi-modal system allows passengers to plan and complete their journeys via a number of transport modes. Already installed at Bus and Rail Interchanges, in shopping centres and in retail outlets, the KeTech multi-modal system links rail, bus, and tram real time arrival and departure information and presents it to the users through a variety of systems including information kiosks and summary screens.
Platform to Train: The only successful providers of Platform to Train video systems in the UK, KeTech’s system offers a safe method of departure to the drivers by providing real time video from the platform cameras into the cabs.
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