Ethernet Extensions for Train Communication Network

Authored by: Stephan Rupp , Reiner Gruebmeyer

Industrial Communication Technology Handbook

Print publication date:  August  2014
Online publication date:  August  2014

Print ISBN: 9781482207323
eBook ISBN: 9781482207330
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The Train Communication Network (TCN) represents a fieldbus, which is used in railway vehicles. This established fieldbus has been standardized as an IEC standard by an international alliance of railway manufacturers (IEC 61375-1, see [1]). The TCN according to the IEC standard is structured in a hierarchical way with the following components: (1) the interconnection of train segments (so-called consists) is handled by a Wire Train Bus (WTB) and (2) the interconnection of devices within each train segment is controlled by a Multifunction Vehicle Bus (MVB).*

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