China is well known for large-scale
infrastructure projects. One such project is the development of a nationwide, high-speed
rail line for safe, comfortable, and efficient travel.
China Ministry of Railways is responsible for passenger
services, regulation of the country’s rail industry, development of the rail
network, and the overall rail infrastructure. In a country with over 1.3
billion people and that encompasses more than 3.7 million square miles, it is
no small task. China needed a passenger station management system that could be
implemented quickly and expanded efficiently, as well as one that would easily
integrate with China’s existing rail technology infrastructure. The government
agency also wanted a user-friendly interface that would make operating and
managing the railway network as economical as possible.
The first 75-mile line was inaugurated
during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, with services between Beijing and
Tianjin. For the initial project, the China Ministry of Railways selected
solutions from Invensys. Invensys provides industrial software
based on Microsoft technology, and offers the unique advantage of
off-the-shelf, object-oriented software, in contrast to previous passenger
service systems in China that were based on proprietary solutions that were
expensive, hard to configure, and difficult to maintain. With solutions from Invensys, the
China Ministry of Railways was able to scale, beginning with the Olympic line
and extending it in stages to the entire nationwide network as needed.
complex rail network involves the collaboration of over 60 different
third-party vendors for each station’s facility management system (FMS). To
manage station technology infrastructure, the China Ministry of Railways
engaged the services of Easyway Company Limited, an Invensys Ecosystem Partner
that specializes in railway solutions. Every vendor can communicate seamlessly
with each other because of the Invensys Wonderware® System Platform, which allows Easyway
to quickly and easily respond to China Ministry of Railways requirements.
Wonderware System Platform provides a single, scalable platform for all
supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), supervisory human machine
interface (HMI), and manufacturing execution system (MES) activities required
by railway operators to manage overall facility operations. System Platform
also provides a simple upgrade path to easily add new software and hardware to
the Passenger Information System, the FMS provides an integrated and centrally
managed platform to support communications equipment, including the public
address system, video displays and automated ticket sales, plus closed-circuit
television monitors and other components used to manage operations and safety
systems. Operators depend on Wonderware InTouch® HMI software for overall
visualization—whether they are working at a remote station or a central
monitoring location. Railway operators use the software to view the status of
each device, plus they receive and manage alarm information and easily apply
corrections when needed.
is among the highest priorities of the Passenger Information System. Due to the open software-based
system, engineers are able to develop applications and then easily reproduce
them. Standardized objects promote repeatability and customization and save
time, so that new station deployments meet strict budgets and deadlines. When changes
are needed, they can be made at select stations or rolled out system-wide,
thanks to the Invensys application templates.
China’s journey to provide extensive
rail transportation services continues. More than 220 railway stations across
15 high-speed rail lines are controlled by Invensys software. By the time the
project is fully complete in 2020, more than 800 new stations will be running
on Invensys technology solutions throughout the 7,500-mile rail network.