|Project Summary||Project Information|
Operation of a model railroad, like the operation of its real life counterpart, is a complex system. The RIT Model Railroad club currently uses a Digital Command Control (DCC) system and a Command Station to power and control their locomotives and switches. These systems also utilize a serial interface to connect with an external computer for their open source layout control program. In order for the RIT Model Railroad club to dispatch and control their layout, members must interface with the layout via the existing cab bus or via the dispatch software on a local computer.
The goal of this project is to expand on the existing control system by including two devices performing different tasks. One device is to be designed for operations of control panels while communicating with the main control system, or the "layout brain". The other device will be designed to communicate with both the brain and the other new device, providing information about the system's current state. This device will essentially be an additional brain decoupling undesirable dependencies in the existing system. The additional brain will interface with the existing system, provide a Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) / Internet Protocol (IP) interface for a Representational State Transfer (REST) Application Programming Interface (API)/ PC dispatch panel and interface with locally installed, physical control panels. Constraints include installing the ‘brain’ with the existing layout electronics in a small footprint, high availability package to ensure a full-featured, low-cost model railroad control and indication system.
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|Kevin Bradford||Lead Engineerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Marianna Palacios||Project Manageremail@example.com|
Work Breakdown: By Phase
|MSD I & II||MSD I||MSD II|
Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)