The driving simulator comprises the driving equipment installed in the operation console of the train simulator, the control computer system, which re-creates the operation environment as close as possible to the actual train based on minute physical calculations, and the image display and audio equipment, which creates an immersive experience.
To create a realistic feel, the driving equipment employs actually used handles, pedals, speedometers, pressure gauges, and other instruments and display gauges. This equipment conforms to railway standards for safety and reliability. Each of the many electrical wires is thick and strong, and the wiring of the operation console and control computer is complex.
In addition, these signals have to be sent to the control computer as both analog and digital input and output. To accurately simulate the various elements that alter the train car's behavior, from car performance to the gradient, curve, and running resistance based on scientific and physical theory, the control computer requires stgiving priority to computer performance can restrict the expansion slots for I/O interface.
Because specifications did not allow for use of expansion slots in the system designed at the end of 2008, a solution was needed, and it was decided to use the Contec F&eIT (Factory and eIT) systemrong computing ability and drawing ability. Therefore,.
The F&eIT system is an Ethernet-based wire-saving, remote I/O system which receives I/O signals from the driving equipment in the simulation train car using ultra-small I/O devices, and then converts those signals to an Ethernet signal using a compact CPU module. In this way, it is possible to pass all I/O signals of the driving equipment to the control computer using a single Ethernet cable. In addition, even when adding a swaying mechanism that shakes the train simulatorcar as it moves, the handling of the cables is simplified and installation is very easy.
Delivery of driving simulators using the F&eIT system started in 2009. Eleven systems are already in operation, and two of those are installed in the Railway Museum.