Amsted to equip Ermewa railcar fleet

wagon monitoring technology Amsted Digital Solutions and Ermewa signed a multi-year contract to supply wagon monitoring technology.

Amsted will deliver 7,000 IQ Series gateways, company’s newest telematics platform which provides a maintenance-free, solar-powered, rechargeable device that delivers real-time onboard health monitoring of key running components without the need for wireless sensors.

Designed to meet the most demanding requirements of freight rail applications, the IQ Series gateway is intrinsically-safe certified to the highest North American, European and global standards.

Data collected from the IQ Series device is synthesised into actionable intelligence that customers access through Amsted Digital’s Supply Chain Visibility software platform, a cloud-based technology stack built on Microsoft Azure for maximum scalability, flexibility and security. Insights from the IQ Series help managers optimise maintenance planning, enhance safe operations, improve shipment planning events and identify bottlenecks to streamline rail supply chains.

“This new platform is a game changer due to its flexibility to address many of our most important use cases without additional costs,” Charles-Antoine Riviere, Digital Manager of Ermewa said.

Key to Ermewa’s efforts to improve wagon safety and services to customers while managing maintenance costs, the platform will provide Load Status from Motion (LSM) for loaded and empty mileage tracking without an external sensor. Ermewa is already working with Amsted Digital to upgrade existing Amsted Digital systems with this feature over-the-air. Future projects for the wagon monitoring technology will focus on monitoring component health including brakes and wheelsets.

“We are proud to build our platform around our strategic customers and their value-added use cases. Our IQ Series platform provides 80% more value at 20% of the cost when compared to competing platforms,” Brad Myers, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Amsted Digital said.

The rolling stock lessor Ermewa has a fleet of 45,000 railcars dedicated to transport hazardous and non-hazardous liquids, gaseous, bulk and diversified general cargoes including food and non-food products. The company provides industrial companies, railway undertakings and freight forwarders with a range of more than 120 different types of railcars.




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