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Development Of A Railway Signaling Device Based On Mixed Digital And Analog Signals Using Digital Signal Processors

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/CR100181

Volume

114

Pages

10

Page Range

183 - 192

Published

2010

Size

227 kb

Author(s)

R. Ishikawa, D. Koshino, H. Mochizuki, S. Takahashi, H. Nakamura, S. Nishida & M. Sano

Abstract

In Japan, automatic train control (ATC) systems, one type of railway signaling system, transmit train control information by using analog signals based on amplitude modulation (AM) in the audio frequency band. To realize highly functional train control by increasing the data transmission speed, there have been many studies on digital ATC that transmits train control information by using digital signals based on phase shift keying (PSK), and these systems are employed in some railway lines. In practice, however, it is difficult to install digital ATC because it is impossible to ensure another transmission band for digital ATC signals due to the existing track circuit configuration and interoperability conditions, and there are many railway lines in which analog ATC is still employed. To overcome this restriction, we proposed a novel railway signaling system using mixed digital and analog signals. We employed quadrature PSK (QPSK) for digital signals and developed a transmission device using digital signal processors.We evaluated the transmission characteristics by conducting a basic experiment. Keywords: railway signaling, amplitude modulation, phase shift keying, digital signal processor. 1 Introduction In Japan, automatic train control (ATC) systems ensure railway safety by transmitting train control data via the rails based on amplitude modulation (AM) in the audio frequency band. There is currently a great deal of research on digital ATC,

Keywords

railway signaling, amplitude modulation, phase shift keying, digital signal processor