Cyalume has developed the LightStation, an evacuation solution which improves the existing S.E.E. System boxes widely used on British train cars and equipment.
In a single product the LightStation offers:
- Instant illumination of the train/car and of the exit points,
- an independent evacuation or emergency light for each passenger,
- good visibility of the evacuees awaiting the rescue teams for transfer operations.
Easy to locate in the dark with its photoluminescent label the LightStation gives personnel and passengers the reassurance of comfort and provides them with reliable lighting in an emergency.
Made of fire and explosion resisting metal, the LightStation can be installed on any type of train. Models 4, 10 or 20 have 25cm (10 inch) lightsticks. When the box is opened, all the lightsticks are activated (only 1 in model 20), giving 360° radiation so as to be able “to see and be seen by others”.
These devices mean that railroad companies can minimize risks in emergencies.
Many passenger coaches in Great Britain are provided with this type of box to ensure safety in night-time emergencies or evacuation in a tunnel.
This safety measure will soon be adopted by the other major players in the railway sector, like SNCF in France with which tests have already been performed, the SNCF, Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français, is working intensely on this type of issue with specialists from their HSE (Hygiene, Safety, Environment) teams and with the firefighters. A full scale test was carried out during the night a few years ago involving a high-speed train on fire causing a power cut and requiring passenger evacuation. Cyalume products were used for the individual identification of staff, for marking the routes and were tested to calm down and reassure the passengers and avoid any panic effects. They were also used for medical triage.
Passenger safety is a major concern for every railway company, achieved by means of Cyalume Technologies.