Riding the Rails with the GENE-APL6

Powering Passenger Information Systems with the GENE-APL6 On-Board
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A leading communication systems provider for the transport industry was tasked with installing 2,000 passenger information systems for a major American city’s new underground train fleet. By choosing AAEON’s GENE-APL6, they seamlessly integrated a system to convey journey progress, connections available at each station, and important news and weather conditions relating to the journey. AAEON’s solutions to the application’s challenges showed firstly that customer needs are paramount, and secondly that simplicity is key.
A Rugged, Resilient Design to Survive Harsh Conditions
The solution needed to operate over long periods while withstanding temperature, vibration, and power supply fluctuations. The GENE-APL6’s fanless, solder-up design was equipped with a heat spreader along with AAEON’s customization to support a wide operating temperature range of -40°F ~ 185°F (-40°C ~ 85°C), ensuring elemental protection. Further, AAEON added a water-resistant coating alongside the board’s anti-vibration and shock features to reinforce its durability.
A Compact Solution to Overcome Spatial Limitations
Each component of the system needed to be as small as possible due to limited deployment space, while also maintaining functionality. Measuring just 5.75" x 4" (146mm x 101.7mm) but equipped with two dual-channel LVDS ports and a VGA display interface, the GENE-APL6 provided an incredibly compact solution while still supporting the two display screens required for the passenger information system.
Energy-Efficient, Optimized Functionality
With 2,000 units to power and maintain, energy-efficiency was key to this customer. The GENE-APL6’s economical Intel Atom® Processor X Series platform (formerly Apollo Lake) powered an mPCIe module for the train’s location data, avoiding the need for more intensive expansion solutions like M.2 modules, while its dual LVDS ports meant the system could host multiple displays using less expensive, less power-intensive hardware.
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