Trafikverket, the Swedish Central Office for Transport, awarded Vossloh Nordic Switch Systems, the Swedish subsidiary of Vossloh, a contract for the supply of data-based condition monitoring of turnouts. The project will be carried out jointly with DB Systemtechnik GmbH, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn AG.
The ‘multi-year order’ covers condition monitoring for a total of 1,000 turnouts of the Swedish network. By means of sensor technology, data on selected parameters is continuously recorded in the track and automatically transmitted to a Vossloh-owned cloud-based platform. In this platform the data is processed and converted into corresponding recommendations for action for the customer by using algorithms based on artificial intelligence.
“The permanent sensor-based monitoring of the rail track forms the basis for condition-based and in perspective predictive maintenance of rail infrastructure. The resulting higher availability of tracks is a
central requirement for shifting more traffic to the railway in the future. Only in this way it will be possible to achieve ambitious climate targets in the medium term,” Oliver Schuster, CEO of Vossloh AG said.
The turnout is one of the most technically complex and hence also one of the most maintenance-intensive elements of the entire rail track. In the context of the intended and, in view of climate change, indispensable turnaround in mobility, it is therefore of particular importance.
In April 2019, Trafikverket awarded Vossloh a contract for the delivery of switch components. The EUR 75 million contract has a term of at least four years and include two options for extensions of two years each. The Swedish company in the Customized Modules division, which has supplied switch systems and components to Trafikverket for many years, will be responsible for implementation.