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Peter Boom, Principal Consultant at voestalpine SIGNALING, The Netherlands

In the era of big data its about time to proactively share available data between all
actors in the logistic supply chain of rail freight transportation. National rail infra
structure managers have installed signi;cantly in train wayside monitoring systems
(WTMS), making snap shots of the quality of railway vehicles on their network. The
focus has been on improving safety and protecting their assets.

An example of this are hot axle box detection systems or wheel impact load
detectors. In rare cases the data is shared with rail operating companies, so they can
plan and optimize the maintenance of their rolling stock. This was limited mostly to
passenger operators so far since RFID, used as enabling technology to identify the
individual wagon, is not so much implemented in European rail freight transportation.
Reason for this is frequent cross border operations and the lack of a European
standard for RFID in rail.

This now has changed and since the adoption of Gen 2 UHF standards the ;nancial
threshold has been lowered to build a business case. As well there are optical
technologies to identify the wagons based on UIC Number recognition. The
identi;cation of the individual rail wagon is key to make information available to its
owner, the user, port authorities and other stakeholders.
Quality data (provided by installed WTMS systems) can be linked to the wagon and
shared in the cloud. By doing so it is possible to enable freight wagons to become
intelligent, without even touching them. Certainly an aid to make railway
transportation more cost-effective and so helpful to achieve a modal shift.

Freight wagons will become virtually intelligent by

Identi;cation of wagons using optical recognition or RFID


Ability to use DMT based information, all collected in a cloud
Provision to Ueetowners through web applications, based on data-subscriptions.

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