Friday, March 09, 2012

Amtrak Hialeah yard taps RailComm system

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Fairport, N.Y. based RailComm said Thursday it has provided a wireless remote control derail system at Amtrak's Maintenance Facility in Hialeah, Fla., outside Miami.

Two customized Local Control Panels, located within the maintenance building, provide wireless remote control to the derails. The panels include a keypad for advanced security and logging. The user is required to input a unique pass-code (PIN #) to operate the derail machines and all control panel operations are recorded and stored on a wirelessly linked PC workstation.

RailComm says the data entries contain the name and trade of the operator, the nature of the operation, and the date and time. The workstation allows supervisors, managers, and other authorized personnel to review the operation logs and manage the system security.