By infrastructure we mean, for example, (rail)roads, airports, car parks, harbours, water management, gas transport or sewerage. Many of these are managed via computer technology. Smart computer technology ensures better traffic flow on the roads. Computer technology ensures all our safety at airports. Track and trace capabilities mean that railway companies know where their material is. Water boards use intelligent computer systems for the optimum management of ground water. Computer apparatus used for these purposes must be deliverable for a long time and satisfy many demanding requirements so that it can keep on working. We have worked on large infrastructure projects for many years where we have taken on a strong advisory role in the choice of suitable hardware platforms.
Ultra Compact Embedded Computer
Goal of the design was an ultra compact, robust, and completely fanless Embedded Computer.
Highly integrated rugged Industrial Computer
The PIP38 is a low power, highly integrated rugged industrial Computer with a specially designed aluminum housing.
Monitoring Soil Activity
Soil activity in Indonesia is monitored continually so that landslides can be predicted. Highly sensitive equipment is installed deep in the jungle and is checked and read on average once per 16 months. The computers used for this are supplied by our Swiss manufacturer MPL and are energy efficient, compact and suitable for operating in an extremely humid environment.
Digital Ring Scans all Cars
Since 2008, Amsterdam has been using 53 cameras at all the entrances to the city to ban heavily polluting vehicles from the city and thus improve air quality. The system is only activated when there is a “hit”: data from other road users is not recorded. These cameras are managed by something known as the PIP22 series of embedded computers from the Swiss company MPL. MPL and this series were chosen for this because of their reliability and subsequent availability. The systems work in temperatures ranging from -40 °C to + 75 °C. The systems maintenance budget has ultimately been reduced by 50% simply because the system does not fail.
Gas Flow Meter
For one of our clients in the gas industry we developed a redundant system for monitoring gas supply. The transport of gas cannot and should not be halted. This means that measuring the quantity of gas should always be guaranteed. This is why the redundant system with an internal UPS was developed. The system that we developed with our supplier MPL can be delivered in the same form for 10 years, and for this client in particular, it has Hot Swap RAID on board and dual video output.
In order to keep maintenance costs low, it is better not to use any rotating parts. A fanless system is therefore a must but it is also brings some new challenges into the equation.
Systems are often located outdoors and therefore are designed to withstand large temperature variations during use.
Power over Ethernet is often employed when systems are located outdoors where power is not always available in abundance.