Railway passengers are already using their mobile phones to travel between stations, and now a new technology could help train operators connect them with the railway network.
It’s called a “railcar transporter”, and it lets them connect the trains of two railcars together.
And the concept has been created by a team of scientists and engineers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the US.
They’ve developed a software package called “SlimCar” that works with a smartphone app, allowing the operator to set up the car in the train and then to remotely control it remotely.
The system also has an option to remotely connect the cars via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
The team, led by NIST’s Professor Michael Ostermeier, have developed a smartphone application called SlimCar that allows operators to configure the cars to run in two separate cars, and to control both cars remotely, without having to be physically on board the train.
“A mobile phone has become an increasingly important and powerful communication tool,” Professor Ostermeyer said.
“Its availability has meant that trains have become increasingly automated and, in some cases, entirely self-service.”
It’s also made it easy for operators to create automated cars for passengers.
“The app has been developed using the open source open source software Swift.
With its support for Apple’s iOS platform, the SlimCar application allows operators who use the software to set the cars up and connect them to the railway.
But its most powerful feature is that it also lets them remotely connect cars to the network using Bluetooth, Wi-FI, and WiMax, the internet protocol standard.
This means that a train can be fully automated, and a passenger can get on the train at any time.
That makes the app an ideal tool for operators wanting to connect trains with passengers using the same network.”
The technology is really exciting and has potential to significantly increase passenger comfort and convenience on the railway, especially for train operators who rely on mobile phones,” said Professor Ostersmeier.”
This technology can be used to make the experience of traveling on a train more convenient for the operator.
“Professor Ostermann said that while he was initially skeptical about the concept, the research demonstrated how flexible it is to make mobile apps, and the ability to connect cars remotely using Bluetooth and WiFi.”
We were able to implement the Slimcar system using a relatively simple Android app, with only a few lines of code,” he said.
Slimcar is available for download on Google Play, the App Store and the iOS App Store.
In the coming weeks, the NIST researchers plan to release a paper that explains how the technology works.
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