Powerful audio-over-IP solution based on the networked Barix Annuncicom 155 and Annuncicom VME enables programmed recordings, live announcements and intercom functionality
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, September 18 2012 – Barix AG, a leading supplier in the field of IP-based audio transmission technology, is using this year’s InnoTrans (September 18-21, Berlin Exhibition Centre, Stand 4.1/224) to highlight a prestigious project of its Swiss customer Ortics GmbH in Brazil, in which around 400 Barix components from the “Annuncicom” family are being deployed.
Ortics, together with a European partner, is supplying a key part of the new passenger information system for the Metro trains in São Paulo, Brazil. The modernisation project, being realised by a Brazilian consortium, has already started and is set for completion in 2014. 25 trains, each comprising six carriages, are being fitted out by Ortics with modern voice communication, system software and vehicle diagnostics systems. Opened in 1974, the São Paulo Metro operates five lines, with 64 stations, having an overall length of about 74 kilometres, some sections of which are underground.
The project sees 16 Annuncicom 155 units and 2 Annuncicom VME cards installed in every train. The Annuncicom 155 is a robust device for VOIP, intercom and IP-paging that Barix has developed specially for harsh everyday operation in trains, buses and ships. Its deployment in the São Paulo Metro enables the train driver to initiate manual as well as automated announcements, and to communicate with passengers via emergency intercom points. The Annuncicom VME is a variant in card format for 19″ VME racks, deployed by Ortics as an interface module with digital and analogue signals for the actuation of local amplifiers.
To Lorenz Trachsel, CEO of Ortics GmbH, Barix components are ideal in complimenting his own passenger information systems. “Following very positive experiences with the integration capabilities, the functionality and the reliability of Barix products, it stood to reason that we should once again opt for the members of the Annuncicom family for the current project in Brazil.” Amongst the benefits of the Barix solutions for Mr. Trachsel are custom programmability, enabling perfect alignment to customer requirements, potential prioritisation of safety-relevant announcements and integrated functions for line monitoring.