Fully automatic boarding system for wheelchairs
Simplify Engineering has developed the new PRM boarding lift to solve the challenges wheelchair users face when boarding trains. Railway Supply magazine writes about this with reference to the Global Railway Review.
Existing systems for boarding wheelchairs on trains have been designed for manual control of train attendants. Although these systems were created with the aim of providing access to public transport for wheelchair users, reliance on manual control can pose serious problems.
Gauge differences aren’t the only problem
The new PRM boarding lift from the Swiss company Simplify Engineering makes it easy for people in wheelchairs to get on and off the train, regardless of the height of the station platform. One of the innovative features of the lift is fully automatic control at the push of a button. Any cumbersome and complex manual operation is no longer needed. This makes the daily use of the system more convenient and hassle-free for both the conductor and passengers.
The system can be adapted to specific trains and required lifting heights. In addition, with its new approach, the boarding lift has little to no effect on the opening of train doors; neither in terms of space, nor in functionality, nor in aesthetics.
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