Maglev Sensor and Communications System Integration

by Steven G. Carlton, Martin Marietta Air Traffic Systems, Washington, United States,
Robert Whinnery, Martin Marietta Air Traffic Systems, Washington, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Speed Ground Transportation Systems I: Planning and Engineering


This paper presents an assessment of the communications and sensor technology integration necessary to assure safety of high-speed transportation on the ground. Candidate architectures for sensing, processing, and communicating time-sensitive information are presented. Results are achieved through derivation of operational requirements, examination of multi-sensor capabilities, and cost-effective communications system integration analysis. The candidate architectures are sensitive to the guideway, route integrity, acceleration profile, and weather constraints associated with operational maglev environments. This paper is based on work sponsored by the Federal Railroad Administration.

Subject Headings: Magnetic levitation trains | Probe instruments | Communication systems | Integrated systems | System analysis | Rapid transit systems | Traffic safety | Transportation safety

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