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Managing intelligent data logging on large fleets of locomotives​

A leading rail-freight operator, needed to connect its fleet of locomotives and keep track of over 5000 concurrent metrics to be able to make real-time decisions in a secure and efficient way.

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Metrics managed
Client profile

A leading global logistics service provider and the largest provider of rail cargo transport in Germany and Europe.

Wagons in service

82,895

Locomotive fleet

2,686

challenges

 

The customer needed to establish connections among various on-board assets and systems, each manufactured by different companies, utilising a specific communication protocol known as “MVB” (Multi-function Vehicle Bus). Their objective was to create and efficiently manage digital replicas, or “twins”, of these on-board assets for edge-to-cloud analytics. Additionally, they required assurance that all computing systems used within these trains were certified for safe operation on railway networks.

 

solution

 

Eurotech offered a robust and railway-certified edge gateway solution designed to efficiently handle data logging in a widely dispersed environment, much like managing train cars across vast railway networks. To simplify the process, we incorporated the IoT Edge Framework ESF (Everyware Software Framework), which included ready-to-use protocol libraries for effortless MVB data collection and no-code/low-code edge data processing. In addition, our solution ensured a smooth and uncomplicated connection to the cloud, making it easy to manage data and monitor devices.

 

results

 

Eurotech’s solution enabled this customer to create a complete and efficient system, including immediate digital duplicates of their assets and the capability to remotely monitor a large number of locomotives.
Our vendor-agnostic approach, combined with the ability to leverage open-source platforms, facilitated the integration assets and systems from various manufacturers into a unified, streamlined solution. This method not only simplified the management of their diverse equipment but also enhanced their overall operational efficiency and flexibility. As a result, the customer gained the capacity to make informed decisions and optimize their rail-freight operations efficiently.