FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
 
 What does SMT stand for?

SMT stands for Smart Mass Transportation.
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 Who is on the SMT Rail team?

The SMT Rail team is an international group of engineers with over 100 years of combined experience in 20 different fields of engineering, city planning and sociology.

 What are the advantages of SMT Rail?
  • 1 - SMT Rail's elevated track system reduces street-level congestion in dense urban areas. It provides safer rapid transit over long distances by eliminating accidents caused by ground-level collisions with vehicles, humans and animals.
  • 2 - SMT Rail's unique elevated double-track and patented switcher arms configuration makes it the only system in the world that permits automated smart cars to move in two-way traffic without the need to stop at street-level intersections and the crossings
  • 3 - SMT Rail is the first system to use reverse levitated technology to suspend cars beneath the tracks, freeing the top of the tracks for solar energy collection which powers the system.

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 Where can SMT Rail be installed?


SMT Rail's tower and track infrastructure has the smallest foot print of any transportation system in its class. It can be quickly and easily installed in the center meridian of existing streets, boulevards, freeways and highways. It's tower-based structure permits deployment over lakes and mountains without the need for expensive bridging or tunneling. It is ideal for very hostile terrains because it is unaffected by floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, snowstorms. It can even withstand the most severe desert sandstorm without damage.

 How much energy is required to power the SMT Rail system?

SMT Rail uses the latest in nanomagnetic and electronic technology to create a system which uses very little energy. Energy is applied only as needed in very small amounts at the nanomagnetic level, so the drive system is very energy efficient. It requires only 1% of the energy used by conventional electrical motors. SMT Rail's drive system requires 200x less energy than maglev. The energy requirement of any specfic SMT Rail system will vary depending on the travel speed of Karts and the type of terrain covered.

 How do you provide the needed energy?

SMT Rail is designed to allow different types of solar energy collection systems to be installed on the top of the tracks. These solar systems may be based on panels, tiles or nano-gel (which is painted on to the track surface). The choice will be based on the region and the customer’s budget.

 If the system uses solar energy how is it powered at night?

During the day, SMT Rail collects enormous amounts of solar energy. 80% of that energy is excess power. It is not needed by the system and can be sold to the local power grid. But some of that power is retained and stored in batteries in the system's towers. These batteries provide power at night. Additionally, nano-gel solar technology can generate energy from both sunlight and heat. At night, this nano-gel can produce 1 megawatt of electricity per track mile every 7 hours if temperatures remain over 70 degrees farenheit.

 What are the SMT Rail installation benefits?

Cost savings are built into the system's design, which is modular and well suited for rapid installation. Components are prefabricated for fast low-cost on-site installation, reducing the time needed for the system to become operational. The track is made of new composite nanomaterials which make them ultra-lightweight. Because the track is light, it is easier to handle, which means construction is less expensive and faster, with 30 to 35 miles erected per month.

 What about operation and maintenance costs?

The fuel or electricty needed to power a transportation system system is a major cost which can make or break an operator. SMT Rail's nano-magnetic drive technology is very energy efficient and requires only 1% of the energy used by conventional electrical motors and 200x less energy than conventional maglev. The small amount of energy required is provided by solar energy, so fuel and electricity expenses are completely eliminated.
Operations are auomated by A.I. (Artificial Intelligence), which steamlines passenger and cargo processing, reducing the cost of doing business.
The SMT tower and track superstructure is built using new alloys created through nanotechnology which are durable and highly resilient. Towers and tracks are designed to provide service for 120 years without major structural maintenance or renovation.
SMT Rail cars do not rely on wheels or maglev for mobility so there are fewer moving parts. Train and subway cars consist of about 20,000 moving parts alone. The SMT Rail car consists of only 800 parts total. This eliminates a major source of wear and tear, increasing the life cycle of the car and reducing maintenance costs. The first scheduled maintenance of an SMT Rail car is at 500,000 miles.

 What is “reverse levitation” and how does it work?

Reverse levitation is the process which allows SMT Rail's Karts (cars) to glide under the double-tracks without any contact, creating a soft and quiet ride. It also permits Karts to travel at 300 MPH outside city limits, with a potential speed approaching 500 MPH.
Reverse levitation is one of over 300 patented technologies invented in the SMT Rail labs. It is a trade secret, one of the many which distinguish SMT Rail from older forms of mass transit.

 What is the system's carrying capacity?

Karts come in varying sizes and the largest can carry up to 30 passengers. In terms of overall system capacity, 200 revenue miles of SMT Rail can provide one million rides per hour or 24 million rides per day. Mile-for-mile, this is 12 times the carrying capacity of the New York City subway system.
For freight, Intermodal Cargo Containers up to 10 tons are moved cross-country at 175 MPH. Large containers up to 27 tons can be moved at high speed on specially reinforced track.

 Will SMT Rail manufacture these systems?

Yes. SMT Rail controls all production and quality control. Our manufacturing plants will be located in the United States. However, special licensing and technology transfer agreements can be arranged for manufacturing to occur within the customer's own country under special circumstances.
Manufacturing is part of a 5-phase project plan.

Phase 1: SMT Rail engineers will team up with the local transportation authorities to design a system that is responsive to local needs.

Phase 2: SMT Rail engineers per customer request can setup a manufacturing plant for the customer in their own country for their own long terms needs. Alternately, manufacturing can occur outside the country, in the United States. SMT Rail then coordinates civil engineering, station construction and system installation through its consortium of contractors.

Phase 3: SMT Rail provides operation and maintenance training to local personnel.

Phase 4: SMT continues long-term training and consultation.

Phase 5: SMT can enter into special joint venture and licensing agreements with countries for technology transfer and manufacturing of exports to other countries.

 What are the system installation costs?

The total cost of the system, including installation varies from region to region and according to the specific needs of the customer. Please contact SMT Rail for further information.

 How long will it take to build and install the system?

In general, the project will take 5 to 7 years, from design to completion, depending the size of the project and level of funding.
We will be glad to make a live presentation in order to provide more details and answer your questions, Please contact us for more information.


Advantages

SMT Rail's nanomagnetic drive system takes energy efficiency in transportation to a new level. This enables the system to be completely self-powered by solar technology. Thin film solar panels placed along the the top of the rail line generate the energy required for operations, resulting in an emissions-free mode of transportation with a near-zero carbon foot print.
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