Come and See Powelectrics Latest IoT wireless sensor network for Rail Technology at RailLive on 19-20 June

Posted on 24 Apr 2019

IoT for Rail TechnologyPowelectrics are delighted to have been selected to demonstrate our IoT technology at Porterbrook’s pioneering Innovation Hub, which will be launched at RailLive, Quinton Rail Technology Centre, Long Marston, Warwickshire in June! 

Porterbrook Leasing Company Limited is a leading participant in the rail leasing market, with a rolling stock fleet of around 5,000 vehicles on lease or order, including around 4,500 passenger vehicles. Porterbrook are experts in asset management. Since privatisation, Porterbrook has invested over £3 billion and plans to invest a further £1bn in Britain’s railway over the next five years.

The Innovation Hub is part of an ongoing commitment to best in class innovation. The ground-breaking project will employ a four-car Class 319 train as a static train testbed with the aim of testing and fast-tracking improvements to passenger service and safety in a ‘real’ environment. The focus is on:

  • Environmentally friendly manufacturing processes
  • Improved passenger facilities
  • New uses of data and connectivity
  • System monitoring

The Innovation Hub will be formally launched at RailLive to be held in Long Marston on 19 and 20 June 2019.  RailLive is the most comprehensive outdoor event for the rail industry in the UK, regularly attracting over 250 exhibitors and 6000 visitors and showcases the UK rail industry to the world. Come and visit us at the Porterbrook Innovation Hub!

Powelectrics are creating a wireless sensor network, monitoring various parameters across the train. We will be utilising the latest LPWAN technologies such as Sigfox to demonstrate how remote condition monitoring & reliable sensor data can provide the knowledge needed to improve reliability, performance and comfort.

Elements that can be monitored and are frequently discussed with us by ROSCOs and TOCs in relation to condition monitoring include:

  • IoT for Rail TechnologyFuel & coolant level
  • Exhaust, charge air, oil, coolant, bearing and alternator temperatures
  • Saloon temperature, humidity, CO 2 & light level
  • Oil & air filter pressure
  • Oil quality (ferrous content)
  • Battery voltage & charger temperature
  • Vibration
  • Location (GPS/GNSS)
  • Toilets including level in header tank, CET level, toilet out of use
  • The length of time it takes for doors to open and close

There are limitations to the parameters that can be monitored on a train that is not moving, so we will also be streaming data from live systems on moving trains to demonstrate the broader capabilities of a wireless network.

Mary Grant, CEO of Porterbrook, said: “We’re proud to launch the Innovation Hub; a project we hope will pave the way for brilliant new ideas and technologies to be implemented on the railways. Innovation is the life-blood of the rail industry, but while there is no shortage of new ideas, we are very aware of the challenges our suppliers face in demonstrating and testing new products. As an industry steeped in heritage, it’s essential that we keep our fingers on the pulse of new technology and customer needs, and this is something that we at Porterbrook put at the core of what we do.”

Porterbrook aims to make the Innovation Hub a sustainable annual showcase for the latest innovations, growing in scale year on year and used by suppliers all-year-round, as a facility for customer visits and demonstrations.IoT for Rail Technology

We would be delighted to demonstrate our rail solutions at RailLive on 19 and 20 June or discuss your m2m on or off train applications at any time. We’d love to hear from you!

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