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Especially in safety-critical applications real-time (RT) communication is a must. Ethernet networks come into the game when price is an issue and high-performance standardized protocols are needed. Fieldbusses used today are partly based on industrial real-time Ethernet variants with standardized safety protocols like Profinet, EtherCAT, Ethernet Powerlink, and others.
The safe train control system family also uses a real-time Ethernet communication within the network. This piece gives answers to the questions:
- 1: How is Communication within menTCS Organized?
2: Which RT Ethernet Standard is Used for menTCS?
3: Why EtherCAT for menTCS?
4: What are the Extension Possibilities for menTCS?