A1 Digital's Rail Insight solution provides detailed information on freight wagons and infrastructure vehicles throughout transportation

A1 Digital SmartCargo devices and IoT solution provide detailed information about freight wagons and infrastructure vehicles throughout transportation.

“The Rail Insight solution offered by A1 Digital is a proven product with a good price/performance ratio, which has good references in the rail environment. Mobile coverage enables roaming in all three Swiss mobile networks. In addition to the competent implementation of our requirements, A1 Digital has shown a great willingness to respond to the specific needs of RhB. The cooperation is going well. Any problems that arise were immediately picked up and resolved by the project team.”

Peter Knaus, Head of the Bündner Freight Railway, Rhätische Bahn

Since 1889, Rhätische Bahn AG (RhB) has been transporting passengers and goods across Graubünden. The 1,500 employees ensure that the journey over the 384 km long regional route network is an experience for 12 million passengers per year. As part of the RhB, the Bündner Güterbahn ensures the supply of goods in the canton of Graubünden by rail, transporting 550,000 tonnes of goods safely and punctually to their destination each year.

But rail logistics is in a state of upheaval and will become more and more important in the future, simply because of climate issues. This is why RhB is preparing for the future with new solutions by offering its customers new services, such as departure and arrival times, as well as control over the cargo it transports. For this purpose, the 500 freight wagons and infrastructure vehicles must not only be equipped with appropriate telematics equipment, but also a high-performance Rail Insight solution must be implemented.

A1 Digital International GmbH was awarded the contract for the “GVD-IoT” project of RhB. After a successful test phase, A1 Digital equipped all freight wagons and infrastructure vehicles with energy self-sufficient SmartCargo devices. The built-in motion sensors of the telematics devices collect comprehensive, detailed information about the position, movement (track-related coordinates) and the condition (e.g. temperature) of the respective wagon during the entire transport. A1 Digital's built-in SIM cards send the collected information over the mobile network to the A1 Digital IoT platform, where the data can be visually prepared and processed accordingly.

A1 Digital's proven cloud hosting platform serves as the basis for a comprehensive IoT solution as part of RhB's “GVD-IoT” project. The A1 Digital Cloud, which runs exclusively in the DACH region, guarantees GDPR-compliant, fail-safe, geo-redundant hosting and thus ensures the highest level of security and independence from the "cloud act". The IoT platform offers extensive configuration and evaluation capabilities in the form of various reports with aggregated information and analysis and is flexibly designed for future IoT applications. The platform not only provides RhB with up-to-date information. The IoT platform can also be used to set, monitor and manage limits e.g. with regard to temperature and/or inadmissible shock loads that trigger an alarm. In the absence of network coverage, the data transfer hardware also has an SMS fallback. On the one hand, the solution now in use increases efficiency in the planning of freight transport, and on the other hand, it also offers the possibility to reduce maintenance and maintenance costs with reliable data.

“The IoT solution offered by A1 Digital is a proven product with a good price/performance ratio that has good references in the rail environment. Mobile coverage enables roaming in all three Swiss mobile networks. In addition to the competent implementation of our requirements, A1 Digital has shown a great willingness to respond to the specific needs of RhB. The cooperation is going well. Any problems that arose were immediately picked up and solved by the project team,” says the head of Bündner Güterbahn, Peter Knaus, who is very satisfied with the progress of the project.

 

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