Infotec’s controller beats cyber-attacks
Rail passengers should see no disruption on station information screens manufactured by Infotec as a result of cyber-attacks.
Infotec does NOT use PC or Windows to drive its displays.
It has invested heavily in its very latest Tetrus controller to drive a modernised display range. The dedicated controller has taken five years to develop and is at the heart of almost everything Infotec produces.
Infotec has always seen passenger information displays as an embedded device and as such the use of desktop technologies, PCs and the Windows operating system should be avoided. A clear example of this can be seen from this week’s cyber-attack which not only caused disruption to desktop PCs but also to devices utilising these PC and Windows technologies.
The implications of using a system that relies on PCs has been made obvious in Germany over the weekend, where the country’s DB (Deutsche Bahn) displays all with PCs have been seriously affected. The rail network is said to have been thrown into chaos with the "ransomware" message demanding money appearing on screens at train stations.
Infotec’s Tetrus controller technology utilises bespoke embedded solutions making them more resilient and robust in harsh station environments. We can guarantee that no Infotec Tetrus controllers, or previous Olympus displays will be affected by this or future Windows cyber-attacks.
Unlike other approaches, Tetrus needs no keyboard, no mouse, no upgrades, no security packages, no additional graphics cards, no additional memory, no fans and no licences – it is built for the job. Most important, when cyber-attacks occur anywhere in the world, it does not use third party software.
Passenger waiting time for destinations to appear on displays has been reduced by changes made to the scripting
A questionnaire to which professionals have responded in their dozens has highlighted key areas of interest when it comes to passenger information displays
Significant time and effort is invested in creating enclosures that provide ingress protection and installation teams need to pay similar attention to detail
Infotec provided its web-based back office system Javelin to allow operators at London Waterloo the ability to filter out details relating to particular platforms. Its ease of use and flexibility makes it the ideal way of keeping passengers fully informed about temporary changes.
Ultra-bright eco white LED displays designed and manufactured by Infotec have been installed at Ashton-under-Lyne