The train tracks that crisscross America are the arteries that help pump raw materials and finished goods around the country, helping to serve as the lifeblood for the nation’s economy. Without rail transportation, the country’s economic engine would likely grind to a standstill. According to the Association of American Railroads, freight railroads support 1.5 million jobs, nearly $274 billion in economic output, and $88 billion dollars in annual wages.
But, despite all the advantages of rail transport, the industry has been challenged by a spate of derailments and crashes, prompting the government to put new safety laws into effect. The federal government has mandated that all railways implement an advanced technology, positive train control (PTC). PTC is designed to stop accidents like train-to-train collisions, derailments due to high speed, and problems from misaligned track switches. It also allows rail command and control centers to track all the trains running through their jurisdiction and even take over train operations should an emergency situation arise.
Despite the many advantages to PTC, the technology is only as good as the displays in the command and control centers. PTC operators are put in situations that require split-second decisions. And, to make the best-informed decision, they must have high-quality digital signage displays that don’t lose data in a bezel or LCD frame.