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Ramp, step or gap filler? The RF3+ entrance step decides automatically

March 2022

Ramp, step or gap filler? The RF3+ entrance step decides automatically
Photo: Masats

The new step system from the Spanish manufacturer Masats uses sensors and an intelligent algorithm to determine which interface is required between the platform and the train.

Once the train has entered a destination station and has taken up its stopping position, the contactless sensors of the RF3+ entrance step detect the position and shape of the platform. The intelligent algorithm then decides whether the new step system from Masats S.A. must bridge the gap between the platform and the train as a ramp, step or gap filler. RF3+ ensures universal and inclusive access to trains, offers maximum safety when boarding and alighting, and meets or even exceeds European accessibility standards.

Project partners from RENFE, Stadler and CAF

RF3+ has already been integrated into two projects of the Spanish railway undertaking RENFE. For these, Masats also supplied the automatic sliding doors and the manual cabin doors that are equipped with an electronic lock as security access control. Masats is also participating in projects of Stadler and CAF for the cities of Barcelona, Madrid and Stuttgart. The Spanish company also equipped Line 11 of the Barcelona metro with platform screen doors (PSD). This system was integrated into the grade 3 accompanied driverless train operation system (GoA3 automation level). It fulfils the safety integrity levels SIL2 and SIL3 and also meets high availability requirements. The modular state-of-the-art concept of the PSD platform screen doors includes a lighting system which reduces boarding times. The modular design of the full-height doors facilitates their quick installation in stations and at the same time allows for the integration of other additional systems – such as information boards, video surveillance or waste bins – into the station façade.

More offerings for the railway sector

The new platform concept is specially designed for use in metros, regional trains but also high-speed lines. Masats will present this new concept as well as the second generation of its Thyralink communication system at InnoTrans. Thyralink is a direct communication system between platform and train doors that triggers the opening process when requested and thus improves sustainable climate control in stations and on trains. The system is also able to replicate the status of the doors between each other.

Masats is one of the pioneers in access systems for public transport in general. The new offering expands the company’s portfolio for the railway sector.