(Yicai Global) March 14 -- A railroad operator in Chengdu, Sichuan province, has begun using a data system powered by fifth-generation wireless networks to transfer and store information about its trains.
The railroad began trialing the system, created by rolling stock giant CRRC and telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies, in November, China News Service reported today. It can transfer and store 55 gigabytes of onboard data in just 10 minutes, or 100 times faster than wireless local area networks under the same working conditions.
Trains generate masses of information while running and this needs to be stored once the vehicles head back for maintenance so support crews can analyze the data. For most trains in China, attendants manually transfer the data using a portable hard drive -- which leaves room for human error and damage to the disk. Operators worldwide often use 3G or 4G networks for the same task.
The network will effectively solve data issues and anomalies that result from manual operations, the report said, adding that it will provide train operators with an abundance of data.
Similar systems can also be used for intercity railroads, wind power generation and in new-energy vehicles, the report added.
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