The Internet of Things (IoT) is creating a great demand for automation throughout metropolitan infrastructure and high precision sensors can help make this possible. The increasing population of cities is contributing to this demand and when the population rises within a city, so does the need for transportation. Accelerometers improve transportation efficiency as key components in trains.
Where the Public Transportation Industry is Heading
Transportation systems such as the London Underground are planning to make upgrades in order to accommodate the growing demand. More trains will be added to deliver more passengers efficiently to their destinations with a smooth and comfortable ride. This is where acceleration control comes into play.
Accelerometers are Key Components for Train Controls
An accelerometer is typically embedded into a train’s automatic control system. When the train changes speed, the sensor relays this information to the controls in order to convey clear feedback on performance. This is a useful component for the train’s efficiency and the driver can account for certain variables such as the fluctuation of momentum as passengers get on and off. Sensors in the control system also allow trains to safely decrease frequency-time so that passengers spend less time waiting for the next train.
Accelerometers Help Make Driverless Trains Possible
With this constant acceleration measurement, trains can be automated so that a driver is not necessary. Driverless trains have been around for decades. Their control systems rely greatly on sensors for safety and reliability.