Regional passenger check-in

EPIS 5 FCC compact on-board computer with passenger check-in

Designed mainly for regional public transportation

General properties of the EPIS 5 FCC compact on-board computer with check-in




  • Well organized menu, easy operation
  • Vehicle position surveillance
  • Communication with the dispatching (voice and data)
  • Remote data updates and remote supervision
  • High performance processor unit (up to four cores) including the possibility of using an SSD drive 8/35 GB
  • 10,4” LCD driver terminal, LCD – 800×600
  • capacity touchscreen, damage resistant
  • Thermo ticket printer up to 3“
  • Contactless chip card reader (Mifare Standard or Mifare Desire), up to 4 SAM modules
  • Acoustic output and input (up to 4 high-performance channels)
  • Protection against power supply malfunctions
  • Transaction data black box

We started the production of a test series of a computer with checking – a compact version of the EPIS 5 FCC with an exceptionally large display to ensure easy control of the computer by the driver when issuing tickets (the driver can control the computer even when wearing gloves). The computer also contains a printer with extended lifespan, a contactless chip card reader, GPS with 2,5 m accuracy, GSM/GPRS/UMTS communication, WiFi, 4x digital annunciator unit, 4x SAM module, up to 32 GB SSD, a passenger color LCD, 2x25W and 2x10W amplifier, Ethernet, USB, a multi-core computer and other technical amenities and all this at an acceptable price

EPIS 5 FCC is an on-board computer with passenger check-in designed primarily for regional public transportation.

EPIS 5FC unit meets:
Operation temperature requirements (-20°C up to +70°C) – this means that in lower temperatures the vehicle has to be kept in RESET so that the inside of the unit can be heated by “waste” warmth (if this happens it only takes a few tenths of seconds). From -40°C to +80°C for extra charge.
Performance requirements – thanks to the processor built using the ARM architecture. If requested we can provide up to 4 core processors with high memory.
  • Low energy consumption – permanent consumption without printing around 20 W out of which 12W consumed by the LCD display.
  • High memory capacity – micro SD 4 GB or SSD disc 8 GB /32 GB and RAM DDR3 up to 4 GB.
Versatility of use with systems with payment to the driver – easily configurable large LCD touchscreen control terminal with a capacity touchscreen.

Parameters of the on-board computer with checking – EPIS 5 FC

We used our long-term experience and the latest technologies in this field to design this on-board computer. That allowed us to achieve a low price and a high technological standard:

Pic. no. 4: The EPIS 5 FCC on-board computer with checking computer system.

Pic. no. 4: The EPIS 5 FCC on-board computer with checking computer system.

  • On-board computer with checking based on ARM processors with the possibility of 1 – 4 core processors Cortes-A9. Tjhe frequency is at least 1 GHz, up to 4 GB DDR3 RAM, microSD disc or 8/32 SSD disc. Two or four graphic interfaces up to 1920 x 1080 points.
  • High illumination 10,4″ LCD driver terminal with capacity touchscreen (it can be controled even with gloves). Its resolution is 800 x 600 points.
  • 3“ thermo printer with long lifespan of its cutter and print head (200 mil. prints).
  • Contactless chip card reader MIFARE Classic 1K, 4K and MIFARE DESFire EV1 2K, 4K, 8K. Contins a controller for 4 SAM (supports MIFARE SAM AV1 and AV2) each with adjustable independent 1,8 V, 3V a 5V power supply.
  • Bank card reader
  • Independent memory for payment transaction and contactless chip card operation backup (integrated black box) already part of the basic model. Each tranaction at the cash register is saved in the isolated backup memory that makes it possible for the data to be read even when the unit is broken.
  • Quadruple independent digital annunciator (inside the vehicle, outside the vehicle, for hte driver and passengers) based on the MPEG 3 standard with announcement time based on the capacity of an SD card or an SSD disc (many hours).
  • Acoustic switchboard with inputs for a microphone, a GSM/GPRS/UMTS module, a PC sound card and a tripple digital annunciator. The acoustic swithcboard is equipped with amplifiers with 2x20W (top 50W) and 2×10 permanent performance. A speaker for the driver and passenger is included in the basic unit.
  • Integrated GPS receiver SirfStar IV (including an antena) for locating the position of the vehicle including predicting future locations of the vehicle. This receiver is also used as a time normal of the EPIS system. Localization accuracy up to 2,5 m.
  • GSM/GPRS/UMTS module for communication with the dispatching and automatic software updates. Modems with the UMTS speed (3G networks) are supplied at a request.
  • Integrated Wifi module at 2,4 GHz that can be used as WiFi in depots – data updates or as a WiFi for passengers (passengers WiFi is being prepared).
  • Backedup power supply – in case of a failure of the main power supply +24V (e.g. when the vehicle is being started) a backup accumulator capable of keeping the system up without a reset of the OS for at least 20 minutes. The outage time after which the operation system is shut down automatically can be set by the user.
  • Interface for controlling outer and inner information LED panels (tableaus) using 100Mbit / s ethernet, RS 485 or the classic 1200 bit/s IBIS interface. This interface is also able to load BUSe tableaus as the speed of 9600 bit/s or 19200 bit/s.
  • Automatic software updates – at set times or in set intervals the unit wakes up (with minimum power consuption) and uses WiFi or GPRS/UMTS to ask the dispatching about new SW update and loads them if there are any.
  • Passenger side display 4,3″ high illumination display with the possibility of displaying static texts with fonts and text position set by the user. It can display logos.

Configuration EPIS 5 FC

Board computer EPIS 5 FCC is available in different configurations and the corresponding price.

Computer system Processor ARM – Cortex A9
Number of cores 1 x 1,0 GHz 2 x 1,0 GHz 4 x 1,2 GHz
L2 Cash 512 KB 1 MB 1 MB
NAND Flash (for the OS) 512 MB 1 GB 1 GB
Memory Technology DDR3
Max. capacity 1GB 2 GB up to 4 GB
Storage Micro SD memory 4GB 8 GB SSD disc 32 GB
Graphics Max. display resolution 1080p
Graphic outputs 2 4 4
API Open GL ES 1.1 and 2.0, Open VG 1.1, Windows Direct3D, Open CL EP
Audio Acoustic annunciator 1 x 20 W 2 x 20 W 2 x 20 W
Speakers for the driver for the driver for the driver and the passengers
Microphone YES – integrated in the driver LCD (electret with a compressor)
I/O USB 2 x USB2.0
Others 4 x one-bit input +24V
Connectivity Wi-Fi IEEE 80.2.11b/g IEEE 80.2.11b/g for the passengers as well
Ethernet 10/100 Mbps
Busbar* IBIS | RS 232 | RS 485
Power supply Power supply voltage 16-32V
Power consumption** 0,9 A / 24 V (the printer up to + 3,5 A, announcements up to + 6 A)
Backup batteries 1,3 Ah 2,6 Ah
Other HW equipment GPS SiRF STAR IV – 2,5 m accuracy
HW data coding Without SAM modules Up to 4 SAM modules
Driver Display Size (diagonal) 10,4“ TFT-LCD readable in direct sunlight
Resolution 800 x 600 points
Number of colors 16,7M – 8bit
Brightness 450 Cd/m2 500 Cd/m2
Touchscreen Capacity, 3 mm thick, up to 1360 points, 10 fingers at one time
Illumination lifespan 30 000 h (LED) 50 000 h (LED)
Passenger display Size (diagonal) 4,3“ TFT-LCD readable in direct sunlight (98,7 x 57,5 mm)
Resolution 480 x 272 points
Lifespan 20 000 hours
Number of colors 16,7M – 8bit
Brightness 400 Cd/m2 450 Cd/m2
Thermo printer Resolution 203 dpi
Printing speed 200 mm / s
Print support 2D codes, barcodes
Paper width 58 / 60 / 80 / 83 mm
Printing width 54 / 56 / 72 / 80 mm
Cartridge lifespan 150 km (200 mil. pulses)
Cutter lifespan 1,5 mil. Cuts
Construction Measurements 265 x 290 x 204 mm (w x d x h)
Working temperature -20°C do +60°C
cooling Active (controlled by a heat sensor to lengthen the lifespan)
Weight 7,5Kg (not including the cash drawer)
Working humidity 10% to 90%
Casing material combination plastic / metal (RAL7035)

Optional extensions:

  • Communication with the dispatching – GSM/GPRS – the extension includes UMTS
  • higher-performance computing unit (up to four cores) including an SSD disc 8/32 GB
  • Contactless chip card reader (Mifare standard or Mifare Desfire)
  • SAM modules (up to 4 pieces)
  • IBIS, RS 485, CAN (can be chosen)
  • Announcements outside the vehicle,
  • Announcements for the driver (included if communication with the dispatching is chosen)
  • Announcements for the passengers while tickets are being issued
  • SIM card or SAM module manipulation surveillance
  • Passenger WiFi (only with an UMTS modem)
  • Remote data surveillance using communication servers

Specific extensions:

  • Application for individual IDS
  • Functioning in more IDS systems
  • Various kinds of remote data updates

Mechanic rendering

Mechanic rendering – customer access:

  • easily accessible SIM card for GSM/GPRS/UMTS transfers – electronic removal surveillance even when the computer is switched off,
  • 4 easily accessible SAM module slots (can be sealed) – electronic removal surveillance even when the computer is switched off,
  • central system heat fuse,
  • access to the printer is lock protected,
  • centrally connectable connector D-SUB and RJ45 (Ethernet) with PoE
  • independently replaceable accumulator.

Recommended vehicle installation

The following picture shows an installation of the EPIS 5 FCC on-board computer with checking in a regional public transportation vehicle. This installation is based on a unified power supply system distribution (the PoE – power over Ethernet – or TPOE – targeted PoE system) and on an Ethernet busbar. The advantage of this solution is that the on-board computer directly switches on individual components as needed, i.e. only the device that is needed is running at any given moment. Components supplied by our company are adjusted to this system.

One of the advantages of an Ethernet busbar is that it allows fast data transfers therefore it is no longer necessary to rely on the slow IBIS busbar. Moreover, the IBIS busbar does not support Czech language and other displaying possibilities (various symbols, logos, etc.). The price of this solution is comparable with the IBIS busbar while its possibilities are completely different.

Pic. no. 7.: Installation of the EPIS 5 FCC on-board computer with check-in including Ethernet distribution.

Pic. no. 7.: Installation of the EPIS 5 FCC on-board computer with check-in including Ethernet distribution.

When the Ethernet distribution is used it is necessary to use an Ethernet interface router with a vehicle IP address – connection of the check-in system, CITY SCREEN (LCD displays for passengers), tachograph, etc.. The EPIS control unit behaves like a firewall preventing unwanted vehicle access. Inner communication has an independent Ethernet network.

Supplied components for the above installation in a bus
On-board computer with check-in EPIS 5 FCC (according to the demanded equipment)
Command receiver for people with impaired vision EPNEV 3.18
Eight-port communication Ethernet busbar unit ECU-08P (compatible with the PoE and TPoE solutions)
Front outer vehicle LED panel VLP 24×200 YE(T)
Side outer vehicle LED panel VLP 24×160 YE(T)
Rear outer vehicle LED panel VLP 24×40 YE(T)
Inner vehicle LED panel VLP 20×120RE(T)
Inner vehicle LCD display VCS 185

[1] IDS – Integrated transportation system