With over 30 years of experience in designing, manufacturing and maintaining on-board communication and control systems, Televic Rail is a leading, trusted partner for railway operators and train builders worldwide.
Our Passenger Information Systems and Control Systems are high quality, tailor-made solutions that offer the flexibility, user-friendliness and stability that our clients ask for. Our various types of on-board control systems such as our bogie monitoring systems are innovative yet reliable products which are designed specifically for the railway business.
Trains and trams all around the world are equipped with Televic Rail solutions, from New Zealand to Canada, from China to the United States, from India to Belgium, England and France.
Train operating companies are more and more interested in knowing the exact occupation state of their trains. Therefore, to detect the occupancy of each seat, new trains are equipped with seat occupancy sensors. These sensors are either installed in the seats (pressure sensors), or on the overhead luggage rack (radar, ultrasound, IR-sensors, optical...). However, all these solutions have a complex installation process (e.g. wire installation for the sensors and cut-outs into the luggage rack).
In already existing trains, retro-fitting such intrusive sensors is expensive and infeasible. However, Televic assumes that the vibration pattern of a seat sufficiently and uniquely changes between an occupied seat and an empty seat. This is however an unproven assumption.
It is the goal of this topic to build a vibrational simulator in an open game engine. Once this simulator is built, it is the goal to do a feasibility study and algorithm design. The student will first build a vibrational simulator and then use this simulator to develop and verify algorithms that perform seat occupancy detection.