The data received is stored in a central database. The source of this data is usually direct, since the devices are fitted to the trains but this information can also be obtained from other systems or databases through interfaces as web services.
The RailMan® Tracking client employs a web interface, meaning that no software installation is required, making it accessible from any device (PC, laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc.) and any platform (Windows, Linux, Android, Mac, etc.) equipped with a web browser and connected to the central database.
The visualisation of the position and status of the trains is configurable in different types of views to suit the viewing conditions for each type of query or the display environment.
The routes view shows a linear representation of the routes and stations along with icons for the trains in the relative position on the route they are following.
The map view shows the trains with markers located on a map showing their actual geographical position.
The data is automatically received on a regular basis, updating the position on the views and data from the trains without manual intervention.
Some of the data displayed for each train includes:
- Latitude and longitude
- Name of the train
- Units making it up
- Kilometre of the route
- Date and time of last transmission
For each train, the application also allows the planned and real times of stops to be consulted, showing the information in text or graphic format as a grid.
Besides information on the trains in circulation, it also allows access to information and location of infrastructure such as the location of stations, paths of the routes, speed limits at different sections of the route, points of interest (station entrance and exit points, railroad switches, level crossings, etc.)
The application employs use profiles, where each user can establish what information can be accessed and customise the data display modes.