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LinuxPR: San Francisco Bay Area Subway (BART) Selects Linux for Electrification System

Apr 12, 2001, 19:00 (6 Talkback[s])

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"Integrated Computer Solutions, Inc. (ICS), the leading supplier of Motif products and support, today announced that the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) chose Linux to host the upgrade to their Electrification Display System. This system tracks the flow of electricity from the high voltage DC power lines of Pacific Gas and Electric to the distribution of electricity via the third rail. If an emergency required the evacuation of a train, this system would be used to turn off the electricity to ensure the safety of passengers as they exited the system."

"BART also selected Open Motif for their GUI toolkit, ICS' Builder Xcessory PRO to build their application user interface and LOOX++ from LOOX Software for the visualization aspects of the application. Open Motif was selected because of developer knowledge, use by existing applications, and "rock solid stability". Builder Xcessory PRO was chosen because of its ability to quickly build and tailor the user interface in response to user input. BART selected LOOX++ to simplify the graphical display of the model of the Electrification Display System."

"In reviewing their decision, the BART implementation team estimated that they saved between 15 to 20 percent of the total project budget through the use of commodity PC hardware, not having to purchase software licenses for the operating environment and the use of rapid development tools such as ICS' Builder Xcessory PRO."

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