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Siemens aims to improve train availability with deployment of Panasonic TOUGHBOOK

Latest video shows rugged Panasonic TOUGHBOOK 20 2-in-1 detachable drives efficiencies at Siemens UK train maintenance depots

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(businesspress24) - BRACKNELL, UK. 28th February 2019 – The Rolling Stock Business of Siemens Mobility Ltd has issued its 550 train maintenance engineers with rugged Panasonic TOUGHBOOK 20 detachable mobile computers at 11 train maintenance depots across the UK. The devices, which help the Siemens business take a major step towards a paperless work environment, will be used by engineers for train diagnostics, maintenance, employee communication and health and safety compliance. Siemens believes the additional data and timely information captured by using the Panasonic devices will improve maintenance turn-around times and ultimately improve train availability. See the full video story here:

Siemens wanted a major technology refresh for its production engineers, moving from a pool of diagnostic laptops to a standardised, personal issue mobile computing device to meet its modern business needs. The team needed the new device to be able to:

• Connect to train systems for diagnosis and software upgrades.
• Provide online access to Siemens' Management Maintenance System for work order management and real-time parts exchange tracking at depots and outstations.
• Provide access to Vehicle Maintenance Instructions (VMI) and the electronic schematics of trains.
• Give workers access to Siemens' corporate applications, including email and the Employee Service Portal, as well as a device to use for health and safety applications, such as 4 Steps to Zero Harm.

Extensive selection process
Siemens assessed a wide range of devices to see which best met its needs. Up to 150 engineers were given the opportunity to test the Panasonic device in operation and to answer questions on its suitability.

Unrivalled design and support
Being able to work closely with Panasonic to adapt the device for use specifically in the Siemens work environment was also very important. Panasonic integrated a smartcard reader into every device for Siemens employees to use their standard corporate login protocols. The Panasonic design team also adapted the rotating hand straps on the device to incorporate the smartcard reader and added shoulder straps to support workers following a Human Factor Work Assessment carried out by Siemens. Docking stations for the units have been installed to enable teams to see detailed schematics more clearly on bigger screens when necessary. Panasonic also advised on optimising the devices for use with Siemens chosen operating system and device image. In day-to-day operation Panasonic also supports with a 96-hour repair or replace service in place with ATOS, Siemens' global IT service provider.

Fit for the future
Following the completed rollout in August 2018, the Siemens team now has a device fit for the future. "Our team now works with one standardised device for health and safety, diagnostics, maintenance and communications," said Charles. "The richness of data we are capturing in realtime is improving the maintenance process and will ultimately improve our forecasting and planning capabilities to make maintenance as efficient and effective as possible - minimising train downtime. We also have a happy team with a device designed for their specific needs that is built to operate in a tough industrial environment."

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About Panasonic System Communications Company Europe (PSCEU)
Our quest is to make technology work invisibly together and free businesses to succeed. We believe technology should just work. That businesses will succeed if they can simply focus on their customers, in the knowledge that all the technologies delivering their capabilities work together. That is why we are dedicated to developing products and solutions that are so integrated with our customer’s way of working, that they are almost invisible – the workhorse in the background that powers business success.

PSCEU is made up of six product categories:

• Broadcast & ProAV gives you the freedom to tell the story with its high-quality products and solutions, which ensure smooth operation and excellent cost-performance across a range of remote cameras, switchers, studio cameras and ENG P2HD. The cinema camera range of VariCam models and the EVA1 are capable of true 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR) making them the ideal solution for cinema, television, documentary and live event production.
• Communication Solutions offers world leading telephony systems, SIP terminal devices and professional ‘network’ scanners giving you the freedom to focus on the communication and not the connection.
• Computer Product Solutions help mobile workers improve productivity with its range of Toughbook rugged notebooks, business tablets, handhelds and electronic point of sales (EPOS) systems. As European market leaders, Panasonic had a 57% revenue share of sales of rugged and durable notebooks and tablets in 2017 (VDC Research, March 2018).
• Industrial Medical Vision manufactures applications for various segments such as medical, life science, ProAV or industrial. The product portfolio includes complete and OEM camera systems, providing the freedom to see what can’t be seen.
• Security Solutions, built on a heritage of providing evidential quality CCTV footage. Delivering the highest image quality in all environmental conditions using our highly reliable, advanced technology cameras and image recording systems, giving you the freedom to feel secure.
• Visual System Solutions offers the widest range of professional displays and projectors and allows Audio Visual professionals the freedom to create. It leads the European high brightness projector market with a 39% market revenue share (Futuresource >5klm FY17 Q3, excl. 4K & digital cinema).

About Panasonic
Panasonic Corporation is a worldwide leader in the development of diverse electronics technologies and solutions for customers in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive, and B2B businesses. The company, which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2018, has expanded globally and now operates 591 subsidiaries and 88 associated companies worldwide, recording consolidated net sales of Euro 61.4 billion for the year ended March 31, 2018. Committed to pursuing new value through innovation across divisional lines, the company uses its technologies to create a better life and a better world for its customers. To learn more about Panasonic:

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