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The Train Control and Management System (TCMS) market is estimated to be USD 2.26 Billion in 2016 and is projected to reach USD 3.58 Billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 8.02%
TCMS, often also called “brain of the train” controls, monitors and manages different on board train equipment, e.g. doors, traction, HVAC, etc. Some also integrate passenger information systems (PIS).
Public transportation offers a range of benefits over private conveyance due to rising concerns about greenhouse gas emissions, fluctuating fuel prices, and traffic congestion. The increasing demand for a high-speed rail transit network is expected to boost the market for TCMS.
The TCMS market is also driven by growing population and urbanization in developing countries such as India and China and increasing availability of high-speed communication systems. Further, TCMS increases the efficiency and reliability of trains and shortens their response time by automating the operations of the train and its subsystem and passenger safety. These factors are expected to drive the global TCMS market during the forecast period.
The global TCMS market is segmented by component into vehicle control unit, mobile communication gateway, human machine interface, and others. The mobile communication gateway segment is projected to grow at the fastest rate during the forecast period.
The demand for automation and fastest connectivity is increasing in the railway industry, which in turn is expected to drive the market for mobile communication gateway during the forecast period. Furthermore, the mobile communication gateway market is expected to be driven by the growing demand for new communication technologies such as LTE-R and satellite.
The TCMS market is dominated by players such as ALSTOM SA (France), Siemens AG (Germany), and Bombardier Inc. (Canada). ALSTOM SA (France) is one of the leading players in the TCMS market. The company has a wide product portfolio and strong customer base in Asia Oceania and Europe.
What is TCMS?
Train Control & Management System (TCMS) is a train-borne distributed control system. It comprises computer devices and software, human-machine interfaces, digital and analogue input/ output (I/O) capability and the data networks to connect all these together in a secure and fault-resistant manner.
Typically, TCMS provides data communications interfaces to other train-borne systems, and also telecommunications to supporting systems operating remotely on the wayside. TCMS will usually be physically separated from WiFi networks available to passengers for security reasons. TCMS is often referred to as the “brain of the train” due to its central role in coordinating control and monitoring across disparate systems.
Computer Control Units (CCUs) will normally have no moving parts or internal batteries and their software can be updated remotely over the TCMS network, eliminating the need for costly routine maintenance or time- consuming device-by-device physical access. They offer a variety of interface ports: typically they support one or more Ethernet, Multifunction Vehicle Bus (MVB) and serial data interfaces.
Source: Rail Engineer, 2019
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