Advanced Railroad Electronics System (ARES)

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  • First system to use GPS for train location
  • Derived from Boeing 757/767 avionics system.
  • Intended to protect freight and passenger trains from mishaps
  • Demonstrated on 250 miles in Minnesota. Cost, management, and crew issues stopped it.
  • SUPPLIER(s): Rockwell Collins Demo 1985-1993
  • STRUCTURE: Proprietary
  • MESSAGING STD: UNK - proprietary ?
  • MAX BIT RATE: 2400
  • FREQ BAND: MICROWAVE (Pt-to-Pt), VHFVery High Frequency (30-300 MHz) 160 MHzMegaHertz (MHz) 10^6 Hz
  • RADIO MFGR: AAR Standard Radios (GE, Motorola, Harris, etc.)
  • DISTANCE RANGE: Line of Sight (LOS)
  • COMMS BETWEEN: Base Wayside Locomotive
  • STATUS: ARES shut down in 1993 in Minnesota