A Comprehensive Information System For Railway Networks
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Bin Ning & Xuewei Li
With development of railway networks in the world, as one of the green transportation means, requirements for railway transport, such as safety, comfort, high-speed, convenience and economy, is greatly increased. In order to meet the requirements, a comprehensive information system (CIS) should be planned carefully, designed and implemented. In fact, the CIS will have become the core of railway network construction. Due to the reasons of historical and technical development, the existing information systems for railways are limited in the aspects of functions, data sharing and common platforms. The concept and configuration of a CIS is put forward as a whole in the paper, based on the existing information systems for railways. The paper gives how a CIS completes the tasks to ensure railway to be safety, comfort, high-speed, convenience and economy. The standardization of data format, various kinds of software systems development, software platform and databases in a CIS are explained. The main functions of CIS and the related technical issues are also described.