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February 23, 1994


By CBR Staff Writer

ICL Plc’s Enterprise Systems and its principal subcontractors Dassault AT SA of France and British Rail Computing unveiled the computerised departure control system that has been developed under a contract worth around 5m for the Channel Tunnel passenger rail service at Waterloo station: the passenger check-in gates each contain a personal computer, 10 VGA monitor and ATB2 ticket reader typically used in airline passenger boarding control; Dassault is responsible for the design and supply of the gates while British Rail Computing is producing application software; the tickets will be able to hold information on seat allocation, special dietary requirements and special facilities needed such as a wheelchair; the majority of the computing units in the departure system in the UK and in Paris are 80386-based MS-DOS computers, each connected to a local network using Ethernet, while in Brussels Digital Equipment Corp VMS severs are being used and the desk systems there will operate VMS workstations; the check in desk subsystem handles the transfer of passengers between trains and those without machine- readable tickets, and will be able to print the special tickets as well; the terminal subsystem handles information relating to the efficient operation of the trains; each passenger can be processed in 10 seconds with the new tickets.

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