My name is Maxim and I am the head of a development studio that is called Sailet. Sailet mostly develops governmental and commercial systems such as corporate web portals, resource management systems, key indicator monitoring systems, internal mobile applications and so on.
For the past few years we have gained enough experience and created many systems so now we are ready to share our experience with you.Hope this article will help somebody and we could find new partners, clients or employees.This case is kinda old so now we look backward ever earlier mistakes.
This case is related to the governmental organization JSC “Suburban Transportation”.This is a subsidiary company of JSC “Kazakhstan Temir Zholy» which is the national railway company of Kazakhstan.
We were asked to set up a system for monitoring and controlling suburban trains. The previous system was outdated so we had to create a simple and user friendly program.
The main issue was to connect sensors and organize the transmission of video streams,photos and other data directly from each train.That is the way we have done the software and the hardware.
- A bad quality of communication between cities;
- A huge amount of traffic during the transmission of photo/video streams;
- All communications and approvals.
- Senior Engineer Laravel Developer;
- Middle Engineer Laravel Developer;
- Web designer;
- A certified senior wirehead;
- and the rest of the guys involved in this project such as an analyst, technical author, and a couple of juniors.
The actual implementation time is 4 months.
That’s how long we have been working on the project, writing code, testing the system, setting up transfer protocols, etc. The actual implementation time is 6 months. Including approvals and bureaucracy.
The technical support is 12 months from the date of the project completion.
We started by collecting and processing data. The first challenge was a poor communication. This is the usual story when you come to a state-owned company and no one is responsible.
The Eisenhower matrix helped us make a mindmap of the project, which we transferred to the TOR. As a key point is that we specified the only person responsible in the TOR, the head of the IT department, who made the decisions and worked directly with us.
This simple trick saved us a lot of time.
The work began and we encountered a poor quality of communication between the cities. There are about 10 cameras in each carriage.
We decided to transmit data via 3g.
During the process, methods of video stream compression and optimization were used, and after lengthy calculations, the cheapest option was to install a mini-pc in each train.
Mini-pc became a router and controller at the same time. We ensured that all streams from all cameras were transmitted to the main server in the most optimized way. In case of a connection failure, the transfer was automatically restored.
If communication was broken the manager received the following message: “Broadcasting from cameras is inaccessible. The train whose cameras you want to view is out of range.”. At the same time, the user was able to record until the connection was interrupted.
After reconnecting, transmitting, and stitching the recording (it was not interrupted, everything was on the mini-pc), the user received a notification: “The train is in the access area. You can start an online broadcast in the “Video/Photo” section.”.
Mini-pc also transmitted data from the sensors.
In this section, we have the collection of information about the current state of the train, and its location with the ability to track it on the map. The train was tracked by maps.
If the train is late, the system sets an alarm and notifies the employee
If everything is OK, it blinks green. The system updates automatically every 5 seconds. During this time, the system calculates:
- Current station;
- Number of open doors;
- Number of wagons;
- Data from the control panel of the electric train;
- Technical condition of the electric train.
The system can count the passenger flow at a specific time in every train. It reads information from the sensors installed by Transtelesoft company and counts people who enter and leave the train for a certain period, and compiles an automatic exported report.
In this section, passenger traffic is calculated for each specific station, as well as incoming and outgoing passengers for the period. An automatic export report is sent to the responsible user daily.
As I told you, KTZ is a state-owned company that employs about 150,000 people nationwide (almost 1% of the population). Fifteen thousand of them are employees of suburban passenger trains. The database contains personal and service data on all employees with up-to-date information. You can edit, add, fire, and play with the “career fate” of employees. An important function is the accounting and maintenance of information of locomotive and train crews of regional sections.
The system has a huge number of different settings: from getting directions and managing stations to managing employees and setting up reporting.
As a result, after 6 months of the system development, we were able to organize the collection and processing of up-to-date transportation data for KTZ, which had no analogs at that time.
CEO of the Passenger Transportation Michael Kortyum is personally acquainted with the system. Summing up we consider our work done successfully.
If you have questions after reading this article ask them in the comments and I will answer them ASAP! ; )
P.S. Sailet LLC has been recognized as one of Top Web Development Companies In Washington by DesignRush.