A European jury of independent railway experts from industry, research and public institutions awarded PJM the Best SME prize its intelligent freight wagon solution.
The renowned award is presented by the European Railway Clusters Initiative (ERCI), which unites 16 railway clusters from 17 European countries.
The decisive factor for the jury was the development of a digital overall system realising the concept of the intelligent freight wagon. The so-called WaggonTracker system is the first and only system worldwide that fulfils comprehensive monitoring functions and automates complex manual processes. “The ERCI award means a lot to us. We regard innovations and new technologies as problem solvers. Rail freight transport in particular has great potential for further development. Innovations are urgently needed to push freight transport on environmentally friendly rail and we have the digital know-how to do so. We are very pleased that European railway experts are awarding our innovative technologies,” Martin Joch and Günter Petschnig, the two founders and CEO of PJM said.
The WaggonTracker system is already in use with renowned international customers. Mercitalia, Mercer Holz, Transwaggon or Lenzing AG use and appreciate the automatic load weight monitoring, which makes the process of loading faster and safer. Key customers also include major railway companies. At SBB Cargo, the automated brake test is currently being integrated into real operations, Mercitalia is also getting a pilot train for intermodal transport and Rail Cargo Austria is operating a prototype train.
“The ERCI Innovation Award is most significant prize of the European railway industry. It is awarded to companies that have successfully brought innovative products or solutions to the market. We are very proud that PJM won the category ‘Best SME’ in Styria,” Christa Zengerer, the Managing Director of the Styrian mobility cluster which has organised the ERCI Award on 26 October in Lille, France.
For its WaggonTracker solution, PJM has already received several awards including the Austrian Mobility Award 2020, the German Innovation Award Winner 2020 and the Fast Forward Award 2019.