Trained not to miss

Wednesday 15 April 1998

Missed your stations too often just because you fell asleep during the journeys? Well, there is some good news for you and all other people who habitually sleep through their train stations. All of you could soon be woken up in good time to get off, thanks to an "intelligent" alarm system developed by Clive Wallington of Colchester, UK. Wallington complains that the station announcements are frequently "too late, incoherent, or not loud enough to wake a sleeping passenger". The new device is preprogrammed with the name of the station where the owner wants to get off. A beacon by the track a few kilometres ahead of each station transmits an identifying code. Wallington's device then compares the codes with the preprogrammed station and bleeps loudly enough to wake the traveller.

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