Remote monitoring

Faults are reported daily, usually by the locomotive driver or onboard staff.

Not all faults are reported and information about when and where the fault occurred is usually uncertain as the information passes through several steps before it reaches the service technician. Today, however, there are advanced systems for the remote monitoring of vehicles, which make it possible to identify how often, when and where a fault occurred and allow the service technicians to receive information about the problem first hand.

The vehicle is equipped with sensors that transmit information about the vehicle’s position and report the status of the vehicle’s most important systems. The requirements determine which systems information is retrieved about and if, for example, existing fault indication systems can be used.

Better availability through more efficient maintenance

The fault indication information makes it easier for the workshops to plan maintenance activities; to ensure that material and instruments are available when the vehicle arrives at the workshop, among other things.

Thanks to the fault indication system, the service technicians can also be better equipped to analyse any damage as the status information can be combined with information about where the fault occurred and at what speed the vehicle was travelling when it happened.

For the customer this means improved reliability, shorter time in the workshop for the vehicle and not least, useful statistics about the fault intensity per subsystem or indication about recurring problems in external systems and infrastructures.

Fault indication combined with information about location

Location information can be used to identify the exact location of the vehicle in the event of towing or the emergency services.

The information can also be used for precise reporting of power supply faults and other faults on the line.

Location information can also be important when leaving the vehicle in the workshop. The workshop areas are recognised by the system, which filters out alarms that are generated in connection with fault tracing in the workshop.

Information in real time and follow-up possibilities

After carrying out maintenance, refurbishment or other remedial action, fault indication data can be used for objective follow-ups and evaluating the actions carried out. Something that ultimately allows optimal maintenance for the actual vehicle or vehicle type.

Real time data is presented via a web portal and can be printed as reports or stored for continued analysis and follow-ups.

Future possibilites

The system can be used for different types of vehicles. The installation of the location and fault indication sensor has no effect on the vehicle but is only used to retrieve status information.

The system can be supplemented with external sensors that, for example, can be used for reporting the status of comfort related systems and doors, freeze alarms on water tanks, temperature and pressure etc.


Magnus Klaar


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