“Piper Networks is an innovative rail engineering solutions provider and systems integrator specializing in the development of transportation technologies. Founded in 2011, Piper has four primary product lines that serve the industry, including: Vital Train Positioning, Maintenance of Way (MOW) Protection, Automatic Train Protection (ATP), and Passenger Information Display Systems (PIDS). Piper’s proprietary Ultra Wideband (UWB), GPS-RTK, and patent-pending TrackSight™ LiDAR image positioning technology are designed to operate in some of the most challenging transportation environments while maintaining pinpoint accuracy that improves performance for train operators and train control suppliers.
Recently, Piper Networks received a CENELEC Safety Integrity Level 4 (SIL-4) Certification for its Ultra Wideband (UWB) train control system from independent safety assessor, TÜV SÜD. The certification is a milestone achievement for Piper and the transportation industry as it becomes the first ever UWB-based position and speed technology to achieve vitality. The system is now ready for integration with signaling and train control programs being implemented by transportation agencies and their engineering contractors in the US and worldwide.”
CEO/Founder, Robert Hanczor
Robert Hanczor, PhD, is the founder and CEO of Piper Networks. As a 30-year software engineering veteran and entrepreneurial innovator, Robert has created mission critical systems for a variety of industries including transportation, automotive, and industrial. Piper Networks is currently focused on developing positioning technologies for rail operators. Their goal is to accelerate deployments that help modernize signaling and integrate with train control systems. Robert is currently leading several initiatives for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and New York City Transit (NYCT) that introduce Ultra Wideband technology as a vital positioning solution for subways. A native New Yorker, now residing in San Diego, Robert leads an experienced and dedicated team working on a UWB pilot program on the 7 Line. The project seeks to collect data necessary for the MTA to certify the technology as part of its effort to improve signaling and build a smarter system that serves the needs of more riders.
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Press & Events
Piper highlighted as Top 14 Innovations to look for at InnoTrans 2022 – August 22, 2022
Piper Solutions Win Multiple Awards for Innovative Safety Products – August 10, 2021
Pilot project completed to modernise MTA signalling system – January 27, 2020
InnoTrans 2022, Sept 20-23 – Berlin, Germany
SmartMetro, Nov 14-16 – Hamburg, Germany
NRC REMSA, Jan 4-7 – Boca Raton, FL
SmartRail Europe – Nov 22-24, Rome, Italy