SNCF – French National Railway

VuScape Streamlines Operations in New Control Tower

Challenge

The French National Railway Company’s (SNCF’s) mission is to make the travel experience simpler; to deliver seamless, sustainable passenger and freight transport; and to create the mobility of tomorrow. In order to successfully achieve that mission for the N and U, RER C, and the TER- Centre rail lines meant constructing a new control tower capable of managing any daily rail crises that arise — from an individual on the tracks, passenger discomfort, a switch problem, a power interruption, and more. This requires the coordination of the various services and access to a range of critical information sources, workstations, as well as video walls. Integrator Polymedia Europe identified that in the course of a day the organization’s challenges changed frequently. SNCF needed a visualization solution that would give the control tower teams the flexibility to manage any situation quickly — making faster decisions and responding more efficiently with visualization tools that would grant them access to up-to-date passenger and train information, no matter the display surface.

Solution

Polymedia Europe, the system integrator, deployed the VuWall VuScape video wall controller, allowing users to easily control and distribute all content sources to: two 3×2 video walls in the control room, one 3×2 video wall in the crisis room, one projector in the crisis room as well as two 2×1 LCDs in the control room.

Results

SNCF can mix baseband and IP sources on the same VuScape controller, supporting multiple 4K HDMI and DisplayPort inputs. The controller can also display any kind of content coming from cloud/network-based solutions such as websites, data, third-party SCADA, business analytics, and social media data. For SNCF operators, sources include the France 24 rolling news and weather channel; a map of France showing train schedule status, so they can instantly know which are on time or late; and the surveillance cameras at Montparnasse Station so that operators can be apprised of traffic and ensure the flow of passengers.

We have over 100 million passengers each year that depend on us to keep them safe. Selecting the right technology for our operations is key. VuWall’s visualization solution gives our team the confidence they need to control what they see, when and where they need to see it, in order to respond quickly to keep our passengers and our employees safe.”

Yvan Gonzalez, Project Director of Emergency Alert Systems and Exploitation at SNCF

There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes at SNCF to ensure its commitment of keeping passengers on time and safe as they travel. VuWall’s visualization ecosystem is a valued part of the organization’s high-performance back-end network. With VuWall, they have the flexibility and the ability to control what they need to see in order to respond to problems as fast as possible.”

Gabriel Carré, CEO, Polymedia France

About SNCF

The Société nationale des chemins de fer français (SNCF, “French National Railway Company”) is France’s national state-owned railway company. Founded in 1938, it operates the country’s national rail traffic along with Monaco, including the TGV, on France’s high-speed rail network. Its functions include operation of railway services for passengers and freight, and maintenance and signalling of rail infrastructure. The railway network consists of about 32,000 km (20,000 mi) of route, of which 1,800 km (1,100 mi) are high-speed lines and 14,500 km (9,000 mi) electrified. About 14,000 trains are operated daily.

 

Original Case Study Published by AVNetwork on June 4, 2020  
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