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Sep 13, 2016

Computer Center for Trains – MEN Railway Data Center menRDC

Computer Center for Trains – MEN Railway Data Center menRDC

At this year’s InnoTrans, MEN is presenting its latest solution for the railway market: the MEN Rail Data Center menRDC. menRDC is based on a family concept, which offers a robust and powerful platform for all non-vital functions in a train with complementary components – including virtualization.

  • Modular family concept consisting of:

    • menRDC main server with virtualization functions
    • menRDC storage system
    • menRDC network switch

  • 3U CompactPCI technology, optional also as box PC
  • Robust design: conforming to EN50155, redundant power supply, extended temperature range

Flexible Concept for the Multifunctional Train

Modern Trains are equipped with increasingly complex embedded systems to run and monitor onboard equipment, enhance passenger comfort, and deliver new functions.

As counterpart of menTCS, the safe Train Control System from MEN, the company is now offering an equally open platform for all non-critical functions in a train. The MEN Railway Data Center menRDC is able to combine many different functions like passenger information, onboard internet, predictive maintenance, video surveillance, driver assistance or vehicle-to-land/vehicle-to-vehicle-communication within one system.

The heart of the CompactPCI Serial main server is an Intel-Xeon-based SBC with up to 16 cores with integrated virtualization functionality.

It is supported by a modular storage system, which can be equipped with up to 5 HDD/SSD shuttles with individually configurable RAID functionality (RAID 0, 1 or 5). Third in the family is a GBit Ethernet switch supporting up to 25 Ethernet ports via robust M12-connectors on front and offers – just as its two family members – space for two (redundant) PSUs and can be flexibly configured on a built-to-order basis.

The combination of virtualization, a complementary family concept, flexibility, open standards and qualification for the railway market can be a worthwhile alternative compared to many different single systems.


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