Workshop: preventing platform accidents with a new solution
At RailTech Europe on 6 and 7 March, various free workshops will be given, which we’ll put in the spotlight in this article series. This workshop will revolve around improving railway station safety to the level of automated metro systems, without interfering with station operations with Rope-type Platform Screen Doors (RSD).
In the fast-paced world of urban transportation, safety remains a top priority. Enter the Rope-type Platform Screen Doors (RSD) System, a solution designed to prevent platform accidents and unauthorised track access. This intelligent passenger safety system utilises the automated vertical movement of large-span lightweight rope panels combined with area control sensors, ensuring a seamless installation without disrupting station operations or train services.
This technology has been put to the test in metro operational conditions in Stockholm and Tokyo, and with result. The RSD System has been in regular operation in the Sofia Metro in Bulgaria for over three years, boasting a Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS) rate of 99.996%.
The driving force behind this innovative system is ATCO TRADE, an engineering and trade company with over 22 years of experience in the electric transport sector. The company was the leader of a Bulgarian-Korean Consortium, which designed and installed the technology under the brand name RSD in the Sofia Metro to successfully resolve a specific safety problem using vertically moving large span platform rope partitions.
To delve deeper into the intricacies of this system, a workshop is set to take place at RailTech Europe 2024, led by Velislav Atmadjov. He is employed by the Bulgarian company ATCO TRADE, was involved in the Sofia Metro RSD Project installation phase, and studies International Business at Avans University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. “The workshop is particularly relevant for Station Designers, Public Transport Passenger Rail Operators, and Passenger Safety Experts. Attendees will gain insights into how the RSD System can elevate passenger experience and safety to the level of automated metro systems without causing disruptions to station operations”, says Atmadjov.