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R68 Electronic Sign and Door Chime Test Train

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A consist of R68s is testing several components from SEPSA, including a PA system with a new door chime and new electronic signage.
 
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What's the point of the tests? Is it some type of qualifier? Are there going to install some type of (axle rotation )doppler system? For stop information? 

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Also, is the MTA receiving some compensation or something for being a guinea pig of sorts with these modifications and tests?

 

On the subject of this test, meh. It's a little weird hearing NTT door chimes on a 68, but it's nothing major. Those electronic signs once again leave something to be desired and I'm not just talking about the lack of any useful information. Both these signs and the ones on the 68A set look quite dated for 2017. In fact, these ones in particular look like they were ripped out of the decommissioned 110As. I'm not expecting state of the art tech here, but one would think the group testing these devices and capabilities would use something that didn't look so '90s.

 

By the way, nice catch as always.

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Nice catch. Looks like the LEDs are only orange here, unlike that other consist on the (G). Also, the "(G)" text seems to scroll across with the "BROOKLYN QUEENS CROSSTOWN LOCAL" text, unlike in all the other LED installations on NTTs. I like the chimes and date/time, though.

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Also, is the MTA receiving some compensation or something for being a guinea pig of sorts with these modifications and tests?

 

On the subject of this test, meh. It's a little weird hearing NTT door chimes on a 68, but it's nothing major. Those electronic signs once again leave something to be desired and I'm not just talking about the lack of any useful information. Both these signs and the ones on the 68A set look quite dated for 2017. In fact, these ones in particular look like they were ripped out of the decommissioned 110As. I'm not expecting state of the art tech here, but one would think the group testing these devices and capabilities would use something that didn't look so '90s.

 

By the way, nice catch as always.

. Indeed didn't even try to retro fit it into the aesthetics of the car. Sticks out like a sore thumb. Last time in London I caught some D stocks those cars were fully retrofitted and there older then NYC's R68s station information and everything. Nothing under your control great video nonetheless.

 

 

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The only upgrade I would like to see on R68s is automated announcements. Exerything else is either extra or additional.

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The only upgrade I would like to see on R68s is automated announcements. Exerything else is either extra or additional.

Shouldn't be to crazy I wouldn't think they have most routes and announcements charted from the NTT database.

 

 

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Shouldn't be to crazy I wouldn't think they have most routes and announcements charted from the NTT database.

 

 

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With the NTTs, the announcements are triggered through wheel rotations based on distance. That wouldn't be possible without retrofitting the hardware onto the older trains. However, they could hitch the announcement system into the GPS setup being installed on the B-Division trains. Of course, they'd still have to wire the hardware into the existing PA systems for the whole thing to work.

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With the NTTs, the announcements are triggered through wheel rotations based on distance. That wouldn't be possible without retrofitting the hardware onto the older trains. However, they could hitch the announcement system into the GPS setup being installed on the B-Division trains. Of course, they'd still have to wire the hardware into the existing PA systems for the whole thing to work.

Yep I talked about and asked about the Doppler system a few posts up. The system shouldn't be too hard or expensive nowadays In theory its pretty similar to the components of car/bike Odometer. But you know what A GPS/Bluetooth system could also work. Maybe we working the current Bluetooth countdown system in someway. The beacons should have a ID tag A small onboard computer could decipher the ID tags into station information. I mean a smart phone computer is powerful enough to push that to the the PA. The newer Bluetooth 5 standard might reduce any latency. A lot more flexible.

 

 

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