2. General:

2.1. Feature Comparison Table

Item Description

(Notes and definitions follow at end of table).

Supplied as standard ("off shelf") Available as standard ("off shelf") Delivery subject to resources
RCIS (Base System) * - -
  Mouse or Keyboard operation *    
  Scrolling Window train lists *    
  Hot key switching from Current to Master timetables *    
  Data grouped daily with high MTBF database (430,000+ Hrs MTBF) *    
  On line help, comprehensive manual *    
  Summary Departures *    
  Special format Summary Departures (grouped for up / down / fast etc)   *  
  Arrivals (various formats)   *  
  Free form editor *    
  Proportionally Spaced fonts   *  
  Fast access Remarks (min 3 key presses) *    
  Branding (small in picture logo)   *  
  Photographic advertising (still image)   *  
  AV (Audio & Video) advertising     *
  TD (Signal system data link)   *  
  Train Stop Detectors     *
  Additional Terminals   *  
  Additional Remote Site Terminals (for remote operation of station groups up to 10 in quantity)   *  
  Support for wide range of public display devices, LCD LED, Plasma, Flaps     *
DRA (Digital Recorded Announcements)




  Linked Database (Video / Audio) *    
  Linked fast access Special Remarks *    
  User configurable scripting *    
  Wide range of configurable special announcements *    
  Chime, Zone control, Night zone control *    
  Remote control of standard, special and remark announcements   *  
  Multiple Voices including Female, French, German, Etc.     *
WAN (Wide Area Networked RCIS)



  Mirrored Database *    
  Control Centre for multiple station groups     *
  Multiple Control Centres     *
  TSDB Interface     *
  Trust Interface     *

Please note:

The above table has been compiled to demonstrate the many configurations that are available as standard and the flexibility offered by the wide option range. Specifics about the terminology used follow.

"Supplied as standard": This is a term used to describe standard components normally supplied unless specifically excluded by the customer in order to reduce cost.

"Available as standard": This is a term used to describe standard components only supplied where specified.

"Delivery subject to resources": This term is used to describe non standard items that are not available "off shelf". These items typically require scheduling of outsourced resources, software configuration, development, or other services.

"Off Shelf": In all cases, please note that "off shelf" is a term used to broadly describe availability of approximately one to three weeks. Items that are not available "off shelf" are subject to scheduling of resources. All delivery dates should be confirmed prior to ordering.

2.2. RCIS Introduction

  1. RCIS (Railway Customer Information System) is the product of a decade of experience in the transport customer information sector. RCIS is distinguished as the users choice for it's reliability and ease of use and sets the standard for quality of picture and sound. General Features: RCIS Product Group Options: RCIS Optional Extras:

2.3. RCIS Base Product Sales Description

RCIS (Railway Customer Information System) General Description:

2.3.1. Base Product Features:

2.3.2. RCIS Product Options:

Below are listed the main product option groups with brief introductory description of each:

1. RCIS, Base Product

Standard timetable customer information system with video output. This configuration allows for multiple terminals as standard.


RCIS with Digital Recorded Announcements. Timetable customer information system with audio to compliment the video output.


Wide Area Network or Long Line RCIS. Timetable customer information system with wide area network drivers allowing grouping of several stations with single point control.


Wide Area Network RCIS combined with DRA as above.

5. RCIS-Falling Leaf

2.3.3. RCIS Optional Extras:

Listed below are the main optional extras with brief introductory description of each:

1. RCIS-Multiple Summaries

Various Summary types can be incorporated apart from the standard including Up only, Down only (or Inbound / Outbound, East / West etc), Arrivals. Also, various types of format may be applied.

2. RCIS-Staff Select

RCIS terminal configured to provide remote staff select allowing a simple edit proofed.

3. RCIS-LCD, LED, etc

Various other display technologies can be incorporated including LCD, LED, Plasma, TFT

4. RCIS-Video

This can be configured as standard to include video still advertising.

Using full animation Data to Video Converters (DVCís), Video Advertising can be configured to include Motion Video, Audio, VGA or SVGA resolutionís, etc.

2.3.4. Automation:

The standard system includes selectable degrees of automation including auto offer, auto post and, where local guide lines allow, full auto (auto depart by time).

Optional extras allow integration with the TD signalling network for Auto Depart and T.D. Auto Late Detect and message generation. Auto Late Detect requires configuration for route & train speed sector analysis (included) which constantly monitors all trains in a sector spread of up to 4 stops (expandable) in any direction. Auto Platform Change is a further option allowing auto detection of trains entering the wrong platform. The option may include automatic generation of messages warning the public that there has been a late change of platform and advising passengers on the new platform that the arriving train is not the previously advertised train.

2.3.5. Display Drivers:

2.3.6. Multiple User Terminal / Hot Standby:

2.4. RCIS-DRA Sales Description

  • RCIS-DRA (RCIS Digitally Recorded Announcements) General Description:

  • 2.4.1. Features:

    2.4.2. Recording Sessions:

    Vocalists comprising experienced announcers or actors (typically one male and one female) are presented with a list of calling points, phrases and words and would be requested to announce each calling point twice, with both middle of sentence and end of sentence inflections. Optionally, a third inflection may be offered providing the inflection used at the beginning of a list. One day is provided for the recording session but any cost of the announcers time is not included. An announcer may be asked to record a trial session on a tape prior to a full recording session to ascertain suitability.

    2.4.3. DRA Technical Requirements:

    The user PCís require specialist hardware and must be of a higher than normal specification. Wiring requirements include a minimum of 5 pairs between the users PC and the position of the Zone Switcher hardware (typically in the equipment room), 10 pairs if dual simultaneous announcements required.

    2.5. RCIS Sites:

    QSL has the following IT display technology components at the following railway stations (at time of publishing)..