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AusRAIL: PID Screen Systems on show

Sydney-headquartered technology company tm stagetec systems will show off its range of Passenger Information Display Screens at AusRAIL PLUS 2019.


In an era when passenger operators are focused on maximising the capacity of their networks, more and more commuters are moving through already busy stations, to find their way onto already busy platforms.

Key to ensuring the safe and efficient movement of passengers is proper communication. Australian technology company tm stagetec systems specialises in public address, professional audio, network and equipment management and information systems on a large scale, and provides fully integrated audio and visual passenger information systems with a focus on the transport industry.

tm stagetec systems will show off its new Passenger Information Display Screens (PID Screen) System at AusRAIL PLUS 2019, the threeday conference and exhibition in Sydney from December 3-5.

The PID Screen System is designed with flexible topology, allowing for the system to be installed in smaller environments where necessary, and expanded as needed to support more displays or to be integrated into other services. Multiple types of displays can be managed through the use of templates, which configure to suit size and purpose. This allows content management system (CMS) administrators to select the display type which can then automatically render the information for the PID Client in the correct format.

There are three core components of the PID Screen System. At the heart of the design are the CMS servers, the location of all global administration controls. The solution’s CMS is designed to be fully redundant via load balancing. It is recommended that any APIs are built to connect into both the primary and secondary systems.

The second component of the solution is its use of node servers. This means for a smaller system, CMS and node functionality can be shared by a single server, or a pair of servers, but then the system can be expanded for larger situations.

The nodes use the centralised Galara database cluster to store and access all information and host webpages for each display template.

The third component is the PID Client, a web-based system used by the operator to dictate the content of displays around the installation.

The PID Screen System is designed to support GTFS/SIRI and custom protocols, and to be fully integrated into NMS/DVA and Help/Information Points. Embedded hardware means a PC is not required for each screen to operate.

tm stagetec systems experts will also be on hand at the exhibition to discuss the company’s experience with digital PA systems, tailored to the transport and infrastructure industries. The systems are designed to offer the latest digital audio for operators – particularly in public address, hearing loops and help points.


Find tm stagetec systems at AusRAIL PLUS at Stand No. 46.